20 Ground Beef Pasta Recipes The Whole Family Will Love

Slow-Cooker Bolognese Sauce over Pappardelle Pasta
Photo: Greg Dupree

If you haven't found a use for that extra box of pasta sitting in the pantry or the ground beef sitting in your freezer, we've got good news for you: Ground beef and pasta is the dinner power duo your whole family will love. Our collection of recipes brings two of our favorite weeknight go-tos together in beautiful, comfort-food harmony. Not only are these ground beef pasta recipes absolutely delicious, but they're so easy to make. With store-bought ingredients, very few minutes of hands-on time, and one-pot winners, these ground beef and pasta recipes earn an A+ from busy cooks every time. Even with picky kids at the table, dishes like Taco Dinner Mac and Cheese, Sloppy Joe Casserole, and Homemade Baked Lasagna will ensure you've got clean plates all around. Easy, budget-friendly, and oh-so-comforting, these hearty ground beef pasta recipes will quickly become family favorites.

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Sloppy Joe Casserole

Sloppy Joe Casserole
Southern Living

Recipe: Sloppy Joe Casserole

If you want to talk "kid-friendly," you've come to the right place.

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Extra-Easy Lasagna

Extra-Easy Lasagna
Photo: Lee Harrelson; Styling: Jan Gautro, Laura Martin

Recipe: Extra-Easy Lasagna

This frill-free lasagna recipe can't be messed up—trust us.

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Homestyle Ground Beef Casserole

Homestyle Ground Beef Casserole
Southern Living

Recipe: Homestyle Ground Beef Casserole

Chilly nights and busy weeks call for one thing and one thing only—comfort food. This hearty, cheesy casserole is all you need.

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One-Pot Pasta

One-Pot Pasta
Southern Living

Recipe: One-Pot Pasta

Store-bought ingredients like refrigerated tortellini, jarred pasta sauce, and shredded mozzarella cheese make this one-pot dish the easiest dinner of your week.

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Slow-Cooker Bolognese Sauce over Pappardelle Pasta

Slow-Cooker Bolognese Sauce over Pappardelle Pasta
Greg Dupree

Recipe: Slow-Cooker Bolognese Sauce over Pappardelle Pasta

Pretty enough for company but easy enough for dinner with the family, the slow cooker has it covered with this meaty pasta recipe.

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Spaghetti Casserole

Spaghetti Casserole
Jennifer Davick

Recipe: Spaghetti Casserole

This cozy casserole is made in your slow cooker for hands-off ease.

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Greek Baked Ziti

Greek Baked Ziti
Greg Dupree

Recipe: Greek Baked Ziti

This easy, cheesy pasta dish is perfect to prepare and freeze to cook on busy weeknights. Just prepare through step 5 and pop it in the freezer.

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Vanessa's Make-Ahead Beefy Lasagna

Vanessa's Make-Ahead Beefy Lasagna
Photo: Beth Dreiling Hontzas; Styling: Missie Neville Crawford

Recipe: Vanessa's Make-Ahead Beefy Lasagna

This foolproof lasagna recipe can stay in your freezer for up to three months for when you need it most.

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Meatball Pasta Bake

Meatball Pasta Bake
Photo: Hector Sanchez

Recipe: Meatball Pasta Bake

Store-bought ingredients make this pasta bake as easy as it gets.

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Taco Dinner Mac and Cheese

Taco Dinner Mac and Cheese
Southern Living

Recipe: Taco Dinner Mac and Cheese

We actually found a way to top taco night with this easy, cheesy recipe.

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Homemade Baked Lasagna

Homemade Baked Lasagna
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Recipe: Homemade Baked Lasagna

If you don't shy away from cheesy recipes, let us tell you: This is the cheesiest lasagna recipe we've ever made.

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Instant Pot Spaghetti and Meatballs

Instant Pot Spaghetti and Meatballs
Photography: Caitlin Bensel, Food Styling: Emily Nabors Hall

Recipe: Instant Pot Spaghetti and Meatballs

Everyone loves a good meatball, especially when your Instant Pot does the heavy lifting.

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Fire-Roasted Tomato-and-Beef Ragù

Fire-Roasted Tomato-and-Beef Ragù
Victor Protasio; Food Styling: Emily Nabors Hall; Prop Styling: Audrey Davis

Recipe: Fire-Roasted Tomato-and Beef Ragù

Ground beef forms the meaty, hearty foundation for the sauce in this elevated version of mom's spaghetti. If you prefer a lighter sauce, you can cut back on the amount of meat.

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Beefy Butternut Squash Pasta

Beefy Butternut Squash Pasta
Antonis Achilleos; Prop Styling: Kathleen Varner; Food Styling: Maggie Ruggiero

Recipe: Beefy Butternut Squash Pasta

Tender chunks of butternut squash, toothsome greens, and hearty ground beef make this 30-minute pasta dinner flavorful and filling.

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Instant Pot Baked Ziti

instant pot baked ziti
Photographer: Antonis Achilleos, Prop Stylist: Christine Kelly Food Stylist: Ali Ramee

Recipe: Instant Pot Baked Ziti

Let your multicooker do all the work in this winning weeknight meal that checks all the boxes: melty cheese topping, tender pasta, and lots of ricotta-laced sauce.

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Cowboy Pasta Salad

Cowboy Pasta Salad
Photo: Jennifer Causey; Food Stylist: Emily Nabors Hall

Recipe: Cowboy Pasta Salad

Inspired by our beloved Cowboy Casserole, this recipe uses taco-inspired ingredients such as black beans, corn, cheese, jalapeños, cilantro, and ground beef to create a filling pasta salad that'll disappear at any cookout.

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Cheesy Beef-and-Spinach Ravioli

Beefy Baked Ravioli with Spinach and Cheese
Photo: Antonis Achilleos; Prop Styling: Claire Spollen; Food Styling: Torie Cox

Recipe: Cheesy Beef-and-Spinach Ravioli

A cheesy, one-pan creation that comes together in just 30 minutes? Sign us up any night of the week. This simple recipe transforms any package of ravioli into a decadent pasta bake, complete with fresh spinach and beef.

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Beefy Baked Ravioli with Spinach and Cheese

Beefy Baked Ravioli with Spinach and Cheese
Photo: Antonis Achilleos; Prop Styling: Claire Spollen; Food Styling: Torie Cox

Recipe: Beefy Baked Ravioli with Spinach and Cheese

With a hearty helping of ravioli, meat sauce, cheese, and spinach, everyone will be excited to dig into this comforting skillet supper.

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Barbecue Spaghetti & Meatballs

Dr BBQ Barbecue Spaghetti Meatballs
Southern Living

Recipe: Barbecue Spaghetti & Meatballs

Instead of regular marinara sauce and meatballs, this family-favorite incorporates barbecue rub into both components of the dish.

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All-In-One Spaghetti

All-In-One Spaghetti
William Dickey

Recipe: All-In-One Spaghetti

You're a few ingredients and two steps away from easy, homemade spaghetti that kids and adults will love.

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