Creamy Meat Sauce One Pot Pasta is a quick and delicious meal that you can make with just one pot and a few simple ingredients. This cozy, comforting meat sauce pasta comes together in less than 30 minutes. Feed your family this simple one pot pasta that everyone will enjoy.
The one pot pasta hype is real
I have no idea how its taken me so long to jump on the one pan pasta train, but I am so glad that I finally did. Earlier this week I really needed to make it through some ground beef in my freezer and I came up with this creamy meat sauce one pot pasta.
So everyone know that making pasta is not hard. It’s probably the more basic level of cooking for yourself. That said, it is a hassle to boil the pasta, drain it and then put it back in the pot to add the sauce. With this creamy meat sauce one pot pasta you get a balanced and filling meal without the hassle of draining your pasta.
One of the goals of my twenties is to amass a library of easy, delicious, comforting and relatively healthy meals that I can throw together in just 20 or 30 minutes. I want to create recipes that other families and my own will love to make over and over again. I am confident that this creamy meat sauce one pot pasta will be high on that list of recipes.
What kitchen tools will I need to make this Creamy Meat Sauce One Pot Pasta?
One thing that is crucial for making this creamy meat sauce one pot pasta is choosing the correct pot. You will want a large pot and one that has a thick bottom. I loved using my dutch oven to make this dish. I enjoyed it so much that it has inspired me to make even more dutch oven recipes – prior to this I was just using it for bread.
Other than using a large, thick bottom pot, you really don’t need any special kitchen equipment to make this easy and delicious weeknight dinner. All you need to do is measure out your ingredients, throw them in the pot and get to cooking. In less than 30 minutes you will have a delicious and satisfying meal.
If you are worried that you need a green veggie with every meal, I hear you and I’ve been there. First of all, maybe try a veggie free meal one day! You’ll be happy to see that you live through. If you absolutely need some veggies in your one pot pasta, try throwing a few handfuls of spinach in at the end so it will wilt in the heat.
What ingredients will I need to make this comforting meat sauce pasta recipe?
You only need a few basic ingredients to make this creamy meat sauce one pot pasta, but there are some things that you should know when selecting the ingredients. I have only tested this recipe with wheat pasta. If you want to make it with a gluten free alternative, please know that I have not tested that and the final result may not be the same.
You will also need ground beef for this recipe. I have been getting mine from Butcher Box who delivers grass fed, grass finished ground beef and other meats and poultry to your front door. If you want to order from Butcher Box now, you can take advantage of their promo of ground beef for life! This means you will get 2lbs of ground beef in every single box for life!
This simple recipe is made even easier by using jarred marinara sauce – sorry to my Italian grandma! When I am searching for a good marinara sauce I look for one with simple ingredients and no added sugar. One like this is a good choice!
How to make creamy meat sauce one pot pasta!
It is really so easy to make this creamy meat sauce one pot pasta. Start by heating oil in your pot or dutch oven. When the oil is hot add the ground beef to the pot with salt and pepper. Brown the meat and break into small crumbles.
Once the beef is browned add water, marinara and pasta to the pot. Stir thoroughly and increase heat to high. Bring to a boil, stir and reduce to a simmer. Allow pot to simmer for 14 minutes stirring frequently.
After 14 minutes, taste the pasta to be sure its almost full cooked. Turn off the heat and stir in 2oz of plain goat cheese. Sir pasta until the goat cheese is fully melted in.
This creamy meat sauce one pot pasta is best if enjoyed immediately, but you can also make it and store it in some airtight containers in the refrigerator for up to 5 days. To get the full recipe please scroll down below. If you make this recipe please let me know on Instagram or in the comments section!!
- 2 tbsp avocado oil
- 1 lb ground beef
- 1 tsp salt
- 1/2 tsp pepper
- 4 cups water
- 2 cups marinara sauce
- 1 lb dry pasta
- 2 oz plain goat cheese (log not crumbled)
- Heat avocado oil over medium heat in a large, heavy bottom pan like a dutch oven
- Once the oil is hot add the ground beef, salt and pepper to the pot
- Cook the beef, braking it up into tiny pieces with a wooden spoon until browned, about 5-6 minutes
- Pour marinara sauce, water, and pasta into the pot and stir thoroughly. Increase the heat to high
- Bring the mixture to a boil while stirring frequently
- Once boiling, reduce the heat to a low simmer
- Allow the mixture to simmer covered for 14 minutes while stirring frequently
- After 14 minutes, test the pastam it should be almost completely cooked and soft
- Turn off the burner and stir in the got cheese until fully melted into the pasta
- Best if enjoyed immediately, but can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 5 days