These Ground beef pasta recipes (No Tomato Sauce) are a popular and delicious way to enjoy a hearty and filling meal. While many traditional pasta recipes call for a tomato-based sauce, there are many variations that do not use tomato sauce, such as creamy white sauces, olive oil-based sauces, and garlic and herb sauces.
One of the great benefits of ground beef pasta recipes is that they are economical, easy to whip up, and can feed a crowd. You can add a variety of vegetables, such as onions, peppers, and mushrooms, to enhance the flavor and nutritional content of the dish. Additionally, you can experiment with different spices and seasonings to create unique and flavorful meals.
Reason To Love This Ground Beef Pasta Without Tomato Sauce
- Versatility: Ground beef pasta dishes can be easily customized to suit your taste preferences. You can experiment with different types of pasta, vegetables, spices, and sauces to create unique and flavorful meals.
- Easy to prepare: Ground beef pasta recipes are typically quick and easy to prepare, making them ideal for busy weeknights or when you don’t have a lot of time to spend in the kitchen.
- Filling and satisfying: Ground beef is a great source of protein, which helps to keep you feeling full and satisfied for longer. When paired with pasta, which is a good source of carbohydrates, you have a complete and satisfying meal.
- Affordable: Ground beef is often an affordable protein option, making it a great choice for families on a budget.
- Comfort food: There’s something about a warm bowl of pasta and beef that just feels comforting and satisfying. It’s a classic comfort food that many people enjoy.
- Leftovers: Ground beef pasta dishes often make great leftovers, which can be reheated and enjoyed for lunch or dinner the next day.
This is an easy one-pot dish, which does not require the pasta to be boiled separately. Since pasta comes in different shapes and sizes, this recipe has been carefully calculated to include the correct liquid quantity for penne pasta.
- Olive Oil and Butter: Butter is added for a creamier mouthfeel for this recipe.
- Onion: I have used white onions, diced.
- Garlic: If possible, please use fresh garlic, rather than bottled paste.
- Penne Pasta
- Mixed Vegetables: Any vegetable which can hold its shape after simmering is suitable for this recipe. Eg Broccoli, french beans, carrots. You can even throw in some frozen mixed vegetables if you have them in your freezer.
- Stock: Use beef or chicken stock to give a deeper flavour
- Wine: (Optional) To add a richer flavor to your pasta.
- Mixed Italian Herbs: I have used Oregano, Basil, and Thyme.
- Salt and Pepper: For seasoning. Add this towards the end. The quantity needs to be adjusted depending on how much salt your beef stock has. Just taste as you go.
Some Options for Garnish
- Chili Flakes or Paprika: To add some heat to our dish. This can be served on the side. I have added both!
- Grated cheese
Step-By-Step Process to make Ground Beef Pasta Recipes No Tomato Sauce
How To Make Ground Beef Pasta Recipes No Tomato Sauce
In a deep saucepan, add olive oil and butter.
Once the butter melts, add diced onions and minced garlic. Cook till soft and slightly caramelized.
Add dried herbs and minced beef.
Fry the beef till almost cooked.
Add the beef stock and wine (if using) – See note about liquids.
Bring to a simmer and add the pasta.
Season with salt and pepper.
Keep stirring the pasta every few minutes till all the liquid has almost been absorbed.
Add the vegetables and cook for 3 minutes.
Serve pasta with parsley, chili flakes, grated cheese, and cream (optional)
Variations Of This Recipe
- For a creamier version, add a cup of cream with the vegetables.
- For mushroom pasta, substitute the vegetables with sliced mushrooms
- Up your greens with 4 cups of fresh spinach leaves
Some Useful Tips
Beef: I have used 80% beef which tends to be fattier than the lean version. Fat adds a lot of flavors. But you can use 90 or 95% lean beef if you prefer to go low-fat.
When cooking ground beef, break down the lumps with a fork or spoon, so it gets cooked evenly without lumpy chunks of meat in your pasta.
To cook pasta al dente, follow the manufacturer’s instructions for the time of simmering. Always count the time of cooking from when the liquid comes back to a boil.
Vegetables, especially when cut small, need just 2-3 minutes of simmering. They continue cooking in the residual heat.
Frequently Asked Questions About Ground Beef Pasta Recipes No Tomato Sauce
While this dish is a complete meal, a side of garlic bread is a nice addition.
Substitute penne with a gluten-free variety. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions for cooking time.
Skip the cheese, or use plant-based cheese to keep this recipe dairy free.
Yes, absolutely. Just substitute the penne pasta with Shiratake/Konja noodles. They are also called Miracle Noodles. Other lower-carb pasta includes Edamame, and Hearts of Palm pasta.
In The Fridge: 2-3 days
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- 1 Tablespoon Olive Oil
- 1 Tablespoon Butter
- 1 Cup Onion (Diced)
- 2 Tablespoons Garlic (Minced)
- 1 Pound Ground Beef (400 -500 g)
- 4 Cups Beef Stock See Notes
- 2 Bay Leaves
- 1 teaspoon Mixed Herbs Oregano, Rosemary, Thyme etc
- 1 teaspoon Salt
- 1/2 teaspoon Pepper
- 4 Cups Penne Pasta
- 2 Cups Mixed Vegetables Broccolo, Peas, Carrots etc
- 2 Tablespoon Parsley
- In a deep saucepan, add olive oil and butter.
- Once the butter melts, add diced onions and minced garlic. Cook till soft and slightly caramelized.
- Add dried herbs and minced beef.
- Fry the beef till almost cooked.
- Add the beef stock and wine (if using) – See note about liquids.
- Bring to a simmer and add the pasta.
- Season with salt and pepper.
- Keep stirring the pasta every few minutes till all the liquid has almost been absorbed.
- Add the vegetables and cook for 3 minutes.
- Serve pasta with parsley, chilli flakes, grated cheese, and cream (optional)
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