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Ricotta Pasta with Beef

If you’re looking for an easy dinner that can be whipped up in 20 minutes, try this creamy, cheesy ricotta pasta with beef – AKA homemade rigatoni beef!

Easy, cheesy Ricotta Pasta with Ground Beef! | This skillet dinner was such an easy weeknight meal and way better than hamburger helper! | Kitchen Gidget
Ricotta Pasta with Beef

I hope everyone had a very merry Christmas! I enjoyed our first Christmas as a married couple.

I made traditional Mexican tamales all on my own for the first time – a lot of work, but worth the results!

After everything that goes into the holiday preparations, I need a little cooking break while I think about what to make for the New Year’s feast.

Enter: ricotta pasta with beef (homemade rigatoni beef).

Easy, cheesy Ricotta Pasta with Beef! | Kitchen Gidget

When my husband proposed to me, he made a romantic dinner from scratch, complete with Beef and Cheese Manicotti.

Since he’s not the recipe-following type of cook, it was special indeed.

We still make that manicotti for special occasions, but on a regular night when we want dinner fast, I whip up this skillet ricotta pasta with beef which is very similar.

Easy, cheesy Ricotta Pasta with Beef! | Kitchen Gidget

It only takes 20 minutes to make, and it’s almost a one-pan meal, but the pasta is boiled separately.

I also like to throw in whatever leftover vegetables I have on hand – spinach, carrots, etc.

Not only is it a great way to clean out the fridge, but a tasty way to sneak in more veggies.

Give me all the ricotta cheese pasta recipes because this cheese is magical!

This pasta is creamy and cheesy without being too rich.

If you like extra cheese, feel free to throw in some shredded mozzarella.

I reserve some of the ricotta to melt on top for a pop of cheesy flavor.

I like to use hearty rigatoni pasta in this recipe, but any noodle will do!

Easy, cheesy Ricotta Pasta with Beef! | Kitchen Gidget

Side note: ricotta is not just for savory recipes, it’s great in desserts too!

Check out these other recipes using ricotta cheese like Lemon Ricotta Sandwich Cookies, Ricotta French Toast and Chocolate Ricotta Mousse!

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Easy, cheesy Ricotta Pasta with Ground Beef! | This skillet dinner was such an easy weeknight meal and way better than hamburger helper! | Kitchen Gidget

Easy, cheese Ricotta Pasta with Beef! | Kitchen Gidget

Ricotta Pasta with Beef

Yield: 8 servings
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes

If you're looking for an easy dinner that can be whipped up in 20 minutes, try this creamy, cheesy ricotta pasta with beef!

Ingredients

  • 1 pound rigatoni pasta (or pasta of your choice)
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1/2 large onion, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried oregano
  • Dash of crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1 jar (24 ounces) of marinara or spaghetti sauce
  • 8 ounces ricotta cheese (reserve a few teaspoons for topping, if desired)
  • Parmesan cheese, for serving

Instructions

  1. Boil pasta according to package instructions and drain.
  2. While the pasta is cooking, brown beef and onion over medium high heat until beef is no longer pink. Drain excess grease if necessary.
  3. Season meat with salt, garlic powder, black pepper, oregano and red pepper flakes.
  4. Stir in pasta sauce and ricotta cheese and bring to simmer. Add pasta and combine thoroughly.
  5. Top with reserved ricotta cheese (if desired) and serve with grated parmesan cheese.
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 8 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 356Total Fat: 14gSaturated Fat: 5gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 6gCholesterol: 60mgSodium: 501mgCarbohydrates: 32gFiber: 2gSugar: 3gProtein: 24g

Nutritional information provided is an estimate only. Please consult the labels of ingredients you use for more accurate results.

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Jackie

Tuesday 9th of October 2018

Sounds fabulous!! I am going to try this tonight, served over spaghetti squash! ( I am gluten free).

Rebekah

Wednesday 10th of October 2018

Ooh love spaghetti squash!

Debra

Sunday 5th of August 2018

Super easy, super yummy, and super kid approved!

Fareeha

Monday 28th of December 2015

This looks absolutely amazing. Cant take my eyes off it

Rebekah

Tuesday 29th of December 2015

Thank you, Fa, that means a lot! I just started experimenting with back-lighting my photos :-)