Spicy Pasta With Ground Beef and Tomatoes

cavatappi and ground beef
Pasta with ground beef and tomatoes. Diana Rattray
Ratings (22)
  • Total: 38 mins
  • Prep: 15 mins
  • Cook: 23 mins
  • Yield: 4 Servings
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
561 Calories
12g Fat
68g Carbs
45g Protein
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

This easy, comforting pasta and ground beef dish is seasoned with garlic and spicy chili-style tomatoes.

This dish is similar to American chop suey, a favorite comfort food for many. The chili-style tomatoes and seasonings add an extra burst of bold flavor.

Cavatappi pasta was used in the pictured dish but it would be great with any similar pasta. Feel free to use elbow macaroni, mini penne, shells, or another pasta shape.


  • 8 ounces elbows, mini penne, or cavatappi pasta, about 1 1/2 to 2 cups dry
  • 1 pound ground round or ground sirloin
  • 1 cup chopped onion
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/4 cup diced green bell pepper
  • 1 can (14.5 ounces) zesty chili-style tomatoes, diced
  • 1 can (14.5 ounces) tomatoes, diced
  • 1 teaspoon spicy seasoned salt blend or Cajun seasoning blend
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried leaf oregano
  • 3 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 2 tablespoons water

Steps to Make It

  1. Cook the pasta in boiling salted water following package directions. Drain well and set aside.

  2. Put the ground beef and onion in a skillet over medium heat. Cook, stirring and breaking up the beef until the ground beef is browned and is no longer pink. Drain and discard any excess accumulated fat.

  3. Add the garlic and bell pepper to the beef and onions; cook, stirring, until the bell pepper is just tender.

  4. Add chili-style tomatoes and diced tomatoes along with the seasonings, tomato paste, and water. Bring the beef and tomato mixture to a simmer and cook for 5 minutes.

  5. Stir in pasta and heat through.

  6. Serve the dish with a tossed salad and crusty bread.