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Crockpot Ground Beef Pasta Recipe

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Dinner just got a whole lot easier with this simple crockpot ground beef pasta! A seasoned ground beef paired with tender pasta, tomatoes, and cheese. Dive in fork first for a satisfying comfort food ground beef recipe.

This ground beef and pasta recipe is made in your crockpot. Toss it in and walk away till dinner time. A simple no fuss meal great for busy weeknights you want to have hands off cooking.

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This Crockpot Ground Beef Pasta Is…

  • Simple Dinner Idea
  • Can Be Made With Gluten Free Pasta
  • Easy Prep
  • Hands Off Cooking Method
  • Reheats Well

Ingredients Needed

Here is all you need for this simple crockpot ground beef and cheese pasta recipe.

  • Ground Beef
  • Salt and Pepper
  • Onion
  • Garlic
  • Tomato Paste
  • Worcestershire Sauce
  • Crushed Tomatoes
  • Beef Broth
  • Milk
  • Elbow Macaroni
  • Shredded Cheese

How to Make This Ground Beef Crockpot Recipe

Full directions for this ground beef recipe are in the printable recipe card at the bottom of the post. This is a visual walk through.

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  1. First, cook your ground beef in a skillet on medium heat. You will cook until no longer pink. Season with salt and pepper.
  2. Next in your crockpot you will add in the onions, garlic, Worcestershire sauce, tomatoes, and stir to combine.
  3. Then, add in the drained beef when done. Stir and pour in the broth, milk, and cover and cook on high 3 hours.
  4. Once there is 30 minutes left, remove lid and stir in the elbow macaroni. Cover back up, and cook till pasta is tender.
  5. Finally, stir in the cheese, and serve.

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Expert Tips

Use a paper towel and tongs for soaking up grease. Once meat is cooked take a paper towel and wad up into a ball. Use tongs to rub around in pan and the paper towel soaks up the grease. Easy peasy!

Make sure to season the ground beef as it is cooking in skillet as you will find it helps add a lot more flavor to the recipe.

You can even saute the onions and garlic with the ground beef if you want a richer flavor to the pasta and beef.

If your noodles seem to be undercooked and the pasta soaked up the broth, you can add a bit more broth to help soften noodles more. All brands of pasta are slightly different.

Storing Leftovers

Refrigerate – You need to refrigerate any pasta you don’t eat right away. Place in an airtight container for 3-4 days.

Freezing – You can also freeze the slow cooker cheesy ground beef pasta leftovers. Just place in a freezer friendly container for 2-3 months. Thaw in the fridge overnight. The pasta will be softer, so just be prepared.

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Did you try this recipe? If so, leave a comment and let me know what you think of this recipe!

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Crockpot Ground Beef Pasta

Yield: 6-8
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 3 hours
Total Time: 3 hours 10 minutes

Crockpot Ground Beef Pasta is a simple and easy dinner idea to try out. A seasoned ground beef with tender pasta and cheese. A great slow cooker ground beef recipe the whole family can enjoy.


  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1/3 cup onion, diced
  • Salt and Pepper
  • 1 teaspoon garlic
  • 1 tablespoon tomato paste
  • 2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 can crushed tomatoes, 14.5 ounces
  • 1 cup milk
  • 4 cups beef broth
  • 1 1/2 shredded sharp cheese
  • 3 cups elbow noodles


  1. Start by cooking your ground beef in a skillet. Season well with salt and pepper. Drain off grease then pour into the crockpot.
  2. Add in the diced onions, garlic, and tomato paste, tomatoes crushed with juices, and Worcestershire sauce. Stir well with the beef.
  3. Now add in the beef broth and milk. Place the lid on and cook on high heat for 3 hours.
  4. 30 minutes before the 3 hour mark, open the lid and stir in the pasta. Make sure it is covered in the liquid. Then place the lid on and cook the remaining time.
  5. Once the pasta is fully cooked, toss on the shredded cheese, stir and serve up this ground beef and pasta dinner.


Pasta Shape - You can use other shapes of pasta if you want. You just want smaller pasta.

Cook Time - The mixture is done once the pasta is fully cooked. All crockpots cook slightly different so cook times can vary.

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 8 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 320Total Fat: 13gSaturated Fat: 5gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 6gCholesterol: 58mgSodium: 695mgCarbohydrates: 26gFiber: 2gSugar: 5gProtein: 24g
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