19 Ground Beef Pasta Recipes The Whole Family Will Love

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

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

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

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Extra-Easy Lasagna

Extra Easy Lasagna
Caitlin Bensel; Food Styling: Torie Cox

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

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

Store-bought ingredients like refrigerated ravioli, 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

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

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

This easy, cheesy pasta dish is perfect to prep and freeze for 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

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

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

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

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Homemade Baked Lasagna

Homemade Baked Lasagna
Shaunia Mckenzie / EyeEm/Getty Images

If you don't shy away from cheese-filled 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

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

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

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

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

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

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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All-In-One Spaghetti

All-In-One Spaghetti
William Dickey

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

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Classic Lasagna

Classic Lasagna
LauriPatterson/Getty Images

The name is really true with this one. Our classic recipe first appeared Southern Living in the May 1982 issue, so it’s been trusted for decades.

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