Pasta Puttanesca with Beef


This easy slow cooker ground beef and pasta recipe makes a great meal any night of the week.

Prep Time:
25 mins
Additional Time:
2 hrs 15 mins
Total Time:
2 hrs 40 mins
8 servings


  • 1 pound 90% or higher lean ground beef

  • ¾ cup onion, chopped

  • 4 cloves garlic, minced

  • 2 (14.5 ounce) cans no-salt-added diced tomatoes, undrained

  • 1 (6 ounce) can no-salt-added tomato paste

  • 3 anchovy fillets, chopped

  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano, crushed

  • ¼ teaspoon crushed red pepper

  • 8 ounces dried multigrain penne pasta (about 2 1/2 cups)

  • ¼ cup Kalamata olives, chopped

  • ¼ cup snipped fresh parsley

  • 1 Snipped fresh parsley


  1. In a large nonstick skillet cook ground beef, onion and garlic over medium heat until meat browns and onion is tender. Drain off fat and discard.

  2. In a 3 1/2- or 4-quart slow cooker combine beef mixture, tomatoes, tomato paste, anchovies, oregano and crushed red pepper. Cover and cook on low-heat setting for 4 to 6 hours or on high-heat setting for 2 to 3 hours. Meanwhile, cook pasta according to package directions; drain.

  3. Before serving, stir olives and 1/4 cup parsley into slow cooker. Serve beef mixture over hot cooked pasta. If desired, garnish with additional snipped fresh parsley.


Tip: For easy cleanup, line your slow cooker with a disposable slow cooker liner. Add ingredients as directed in recipe. Once your dish is finished cooking, spoon the food out of your slow cooker and simply dispose of the liner. Do not lift or transport the disposable liner with food inside.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

262 Calories
8g Fat
31g Carbs
19g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 8
Calories 262
% Daily Value *
Total Carbohydrate 31g 11%
Dietary Fiber 5g 18%
Total Sugars 8g
Protein 19g 38%
Total Fat 8g 10%
Saturated Fat 2g 12%
Cholesterol 38mg 13%
Vitamin A 910IU 18%
Vitamin C 16mg 18%
Folate 13mcg 3%
Sodium 215mg 9%
Calcium 57mg 4%
Iron 4mg 22%
Magnesium 25mg 6%
Potassium 447mg 10%

Nutrition information is calculated by a registered dietitian using an ingredient database but should be considered an estimate.

* Daily Values (DVs) are the recommended amounts of nutrients to consume each day. Percent Daily Value (%DV) found on nutrition labels tells you how much a serving of a particular food or recipe contributes to each of those total recommended amounts. Per the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the daily value is based on a standard 2,000 calorie diet. Depending on your calorie needs or if you have a health condition, you may need more or less of particular nutrients. (For example, it’s recommended that people following a heart-healthy diet eat less sodium on a daily basis compared to those following a standard diet.)

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a special diet for medical reasons, be sure to consult with your primary care provider or a registered dietitian to better understand your personal nutrition needs.

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