Ground Beef & Pasta Skillet

Ground Beef & Pasta Skillet

8 Reviews
From:, June 2017

Sneak extra vegetables into your child's day (and yours too!) with this easy one-skillet pasta recipe. Finely chop mushrooms to resemble the texture of ground beef and stir them into a classic meat sauce for an extra-healthy twist on a dinnertime favorite.

Ingredients 4 servings

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  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 pound 90%-lean ground beef
  • 8 ounces mushrooms, finely chopped or pulsed in a food processor
  • ½ cup diced onion
  • 1 (15 ounce) can no-salt-added tomato sauce
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • ¾ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • 8 ounces whole-wheat rotini or fusilli
  • ½ cup shredded extra-sharp Cheddar cheese
  • Chopped fresh basil for garnish (optional)


  • Prep

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  1. Heat oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add beef, mushrooms and onion and cook, stirring, until the beef is no longer pink and the mushroom liquid is mostly evaporated, 8 to 10 minutes.
  2. Stir in tomato sauce, water, Worcestershire, Italian seasoning, salt and garlic powder. Add pasta. Bring to a boil. Cover, reduce heat and cook, stirring once or twice, until the pasta is tender and most of the liquid is absorbed, 16 to 18 minutes.
  3. Sprinkle the pasta with cheese, cover and cook until the cheese is melted, 2 to 3 minutes more. Garnish with basil, if desired.

Nutrition information

  • Serving size: 1¼ cups
  • Per serving: 582 calories; 21 g fat(7 g sat); 8 g fiber; 55 g carbohydrates; 44 g protein; 27 mcg folate; 101 mg cholesterol; 4 g sugars; 1 g added sugars; 1,220 IU vitamin A; 17 mg vitamin C; 160 mg calcium; 6 mg iron; 691 mg sodium; 1,262 mg potassium
  • Nutrition Bonus: Iron (33% daily value), Vitamin C (28% dv), Vitamin A (24% dv)
  • Carbohydrate Servings:
  • Exchanges: 4 lean protein, 3 starch, 2½ vegetable, ½ fat, ½ high-fat protein

Reviews 8

July 23, 2019
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By: Jake Mehring
Added red and green peppers along with the onion and mushrooms and threw everything in the food processor to chop it up real good. It hides all the veggies and adds some great flavor. The whole family loves it!
July 02, 2019
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By: Lea
I’ve made this recipe a handful of times and it’s always amazing !!! It was something new and different besides the traditional meat sauce I usually make, very tasty and does not take long to make!
June 30, 2019
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By: Kitty Coral Isle
My family loved this one! They've named it my upgraded hamburger casserole cause Ive made a recipe somewhat the same but this one is a lot more flavorful and easier to make!
June 19, 2019
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By: nums88
I love this it reminds me of my favorite hamburger helper except more healthy. I hate mushrooms so I leave those out and my husband and very picky children all love it
September 19, 2018
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By: Cbrownenunez
Delicious, healthy, and easy. Used organic ingredients and whole grain pasta. Added tomatoes from our garden. Kids loved it!
August 31, 2018
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By: Pamela20
As I suspected he would, my husband loved this! I did add some fresh green bell peppers when I added the pasta. We're looking forward to the leftovers tonight!
July 31, 2018
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By: Michelle Will
Never made anything like this before but it came out pretty good. Had ground turkey and garlic onion spaghetti sauce so subbed that and don’t eat mushrooms so left that out. Me likey. Very filling and great leftovers...
September 08, 2017
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By: abrown062
I tried to spice this up a bit but it was still pretty bland
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