Extra creamy, wildly delicious, and super easy is this one-pot creamy beef pasta. This dish is packed with ample flavor and two different kinds of cheeses…so comforting and weeknight friendly!

creamy beef pasta on oval white platter with antique spoon

Do y’all remember that one signature store-bought boxed one pot pasta situation with hamburger? Yeah, you know: it even claimed to be a huge helper, HAHA. Listen, I use to live off of it when I was a kid and when Mom was out working and I had to fend for myself. There is something so cozy + comforting about it huh.

Given the current climate of the world, we’re all majorly relying on our pantry staples and easy but good homemade cooking. While going through my mess of a pantry/fridge; I put together this insanely delicious, super easy, and creamy one-pot beef pasta. It’s sort of an ode to that favorite I grew up on but homemade and 10x better. Yessss, this creamy beef pasta is outrageously disrespectful in the best kind of way!

creamy beef pasta on white oval platter

Creamy Beef Pasta Ingredients

(Note: the full ingredients list, including measurements, is provided in the recipe card directly below.)

  • Pasta: I find that the best kind of pasta for this recipe is rigatoni pasta. It’s a heavier/thicker noodle shape that holds up to the creamy sauce and meat perfectly. For disclosure, the pasta I used in these photos is called tortiglioni which is super similar to rigatoni pasta. But use whatever you may have on hand.
  • Chicken Broth: This helps to create a lovely saucy, flavorful, and creamy texture!
  • Heavy Whipping Cream: I love this for some added creamy goodness.
  • Ground Beef: A nice beautiful pound of lean ground beef.
  • Butter: My favorite, this fat is used to sauté the ground beef.
  • Shallot: One shallot, finely chopped, yields so much great flavor!
  • Spices: Keeping it super simple here: salt/pepper/garlic powder is all that you need.
  • Cheese: Two kinds for ultimate deliciousness! One 8-ounce bag of shredded cheddar cheese (you can use either orange or white cheddar or a mixed bag of both!) and one cup of grated parmesan cheese.

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How To Make One-Pot Creamy Beef Pasta

First, this creamy beef pasta recipe couldn’t be any more of a joy to make! Y’all, it’s just so easy.

  1. In a large stock pot or dutch oven, melt butter over medium-high heat. Add in ground beef and let brown for a few minutes and then season meat with salt, pepper, and garlic powder.
  2. Then add in chopped shallot and continue cooking along with meat.
  3. Next, add dried pasta into same pot along with chicken broth and two cups of water. Stir together and cover pot with lid to let pasta cook.
  4. Lastly, add in cream and cheeses. Give everything a good stir to combine and allow pasta to sit in pot, covered, for 10 minutes to thicken.

FAQ’s On This Creamy Beef Pasta Recipe

Can I Use Other Meat?

Yes, you sure can: ground turkey or ground pork can + will also work well here!

Any Heavy Cream Alternatives?

Try using half and half. Coconut milk would also work but know that it would alter the overall taste a bit.

Don’t Have A Shallot?

No biggie, my friends: just use a regular onion, finely chopped, about 1/2 cup!

What Can I Pair This Recipe With?

Serve up this creamy beef pasta with a light side salad and garlic bread for an ultimate meal. Maybe even pair with a ‘lil glass of wine for the adults too! This also makes for a great date night situation as well, ha!

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I am just absolutely smitten with this one-pot creamy beef pasta you guys! ☺️

I sure do hope y’all enjoy it as well and tag me in all your creations. This is most definitely an easy weeknight recipe that’ll hit the spot and have you going right back to the pot for seconds…maybe even thirds? Ha.

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UNTIL NEXT TIME…LOVE AND BUTTER,

Q.

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creamy beef pasta in large white pot with striped linen on the side

One-Pot Creamy Beef Pasta

  • Author: Quin Liburd
  • Prep Time: 5m
  • Cook Time: 35m
  • Total Time: 40m
  • Yield: 6 1x
  • Category: Entrée
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: American

Description

Extra creamy, wildly delicious, and super easy is this one-pot creamy beef pasta. This dish is packed with ample flavor and two different kinds of cheeses…so comforting and weeknight friendly!


Ingredients

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  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 lb lean ground beef
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • fresh cracked black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 shallot, finely chopped
  • 1 lb dried rigatoni pasta
  • 4 cups (32 ounces) chicken broth
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 1 (8 ounce) bag of shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1 cup of grated parmesan cheese

Instructions

  1. In a large stock pot or dutch oven, melt the butter over medium heat. Add in the ground beef and use a wooden utensil to break the beef into crumbles. Cook until browned completely, about 6-7 minutes. Then season the beef with salt, pepper, and garlic powder.
  2. Next, add in the shallot, stir together, and continue cooking along with the beef for another 4-5 minutes.
  3. Add in the dried pasta, broth, and water. Stir to fully incorporate and place a lid on the pot and allow the pasta to cook through, about 10-12 minutes or until pasta is fully cooked, al dente.
  4. Turn off the heat and pour in the cream and both cheeses, stir to fully combine. Let the pasta sit, covered, for at least 10 minutes to allow the sauce to slightly thicken. Then serve and enjoy!

Keywords: dinner, pasta, one pot, beef, creamy