Here at Mess for Less, we are all about easy solutions for moms. And today I'm sharing an easy dinner solution for those busy nights when you don't have a lot of time, but still want to prepare a hearty, delicious meal for your family. How easy is this Beef and Tomato Pasta? Well, it only has four ingredients, so, pretty darn easy. Looking for more yummy pasta dishes? Try our Creamy Tuscan Chicken Pasta.
Why you'll love this beef and tomato pasta
- 4 ingredients
- Ready in 30 minutes
- Lots of room for variation - you can add onion and green bell pepper
- stewed tomatoes
- 1 pound ground beef
- rotini macaroni or penne pasta
How to make beef tomato pasta
This is such an easy pasta dish to make and it tastes like you spent all day cooking. Using canned tomatoes, makes this recipe a breeze. You don't have to worry about chopping up tomatoes or anything like that. The beef adds some protein to this dish, taking it from a side to a main course.
I used rotini pasta for this meal, but you can use whatever you happen to have on hand. Ziti or penne pasta also works well. Boil pasta in a large pot as directed on package and drain when done.
In a frying pan or skillet, cook ground beef on medium-high heat until browned. Let simmer and then drain off any excess fat. Add the pepper to the ground beef.
Add in three cans of stewed tomatoes to the ground beef. This will form your pasta sauce. Stir until thoroughly combined. Cook on medium heat until the mixture starts simmering. Turn off the heat.
Add drained pasta to beef and tomato sauce mixture and stir to mix everything together really well.
Top with Parmesan cheese and serve. If you like your dishes with a little more spice, add a pinch of red pepper flakes.
I love to serve this with some bread and a side salad. Next time you don't think you have time to make dinner, think again. In just 30 minutes you could be enjoying this beef and tomato pasta. This meal is packed with flavor!
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Beef and Tomato Pasta
- 3 cans stewed tomatoes
- 1 lb 90/10 ground beef
- 1 lb rotini pasta
- 2 teaspoons pepper
- Boil pasta as directed on package. Drain.
- While pasta is boiling, cook ground beef in a pan until browned. Add the pepper to the ground beef. Add in three cans of stewed tomatoes. Stir well. Cook on low heat until simmering. Turn off heat.
- Add drained pasta to beef and tomato sauce mixture and stir.
- Serve with bread and topped with Parmesan.
This nutrition information is approximate and was calculated using online calculators. Your nutritional information may vary depending on numerous factors.
Frequently asked questions
Yes! You can use either ground turkey or ground chicken in this recipe.
Garlic bread makes a wonderful side to this pasta recipe. I also love to serve these with a Caprese salad with mozzarella, fresh basil leaves, olive oil, Italian seasoning and oregano.
Yes, you can make the spaghetti sauce from diced tomatoes if that is all you have on hand.