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This easy One Pot Pasta with Ground Beef and Broccoli is for those nights when dinner needs to be quick and easy. As in, almost hands-free. And family-friendly too. I love making this simple all in one pasta dish that is super customizable, is and manages to be light and flavorful with no red sauce or any cream!
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Welcome to a favorite weeknight pasta dinner recipe that is mix-and-match friendly. What I mean by that is you can easily swap ingredients, customized to what you have in the refrigerator… and what your family will eat.
I simply adore this recipe for One Pot Pasta with Ground Beef and Broccoli, but actually you can use this recipe to make a delicious pasta recipe with whatever you have to hand.
What I Love About This One Pot Pasta
- It Almost Cooks Itself: I love that this pasta recipe is so easy; it truly almost cooks itself.
- Perfect for Busy Evenings: When you’re looking for an easy pasta recipe to get dinner on the table in no time, you’ll love this meal as much as I do!
- Easy Cleanup: As with all one-pot meals, this pasta dish uses 1 POT– and that is very easy to clean up.
- Reader Reviews: This is one of those recipes where so many people have been in touch after making it. I love hearing about how it has made their dinner times easier, especially for people who are only just learning how to cook for themselves.
“I got this recipe at the end of September 2023. I have made this dish every week since & making it today. I add mixed vegetables along with broccoli & I use wheat spaghetti pasta, break it up into small pieces. Yummy yummy.”
Any short pasta like penne, macaroni, farfalle, just to name a few. I’ve also used shells and wagon wheels, which are kind of fun! Pretty much anything will work, just check the pasta is done and add a little more liquid to the pot if it needs cooking for longer so it has something to absorb.
Gluten-free pasta is healthy and fiber-rich. It works just fine in this recipe. It does cook a little faster, so check the pasta toward the end of cooking.
Well, broccoli, obviously, is my first choice. Most people love it cooked crisp-tender. Adding cheese to the pasta makes it very family-friendly – the kids will love it! But you can use whatever veggies you want for this dish.
You want about 4 to 5 cups of vegetables. One pound of broccoli will be roughly 3 cups chopped. Think of another cup or so of vegetables to add.
I sometimes love to include broccoli, cherry tomatoes, spinach, sliced mushrooms, asparagus, peas, zucchini or summer squash, or chopped peppers.
Absolutely. Ground turkey or pork are easy substitutions, but if you like ground chicken, it works too.
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Easy One Pot Pasta with Ground Beef and Broccoli
- 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
- 1 large onion chopped
- 8- ounce package mushrooms sliced
- 1 lb lean ground beef
- 8 ounces pasta short
- 3 cups low sodium broth beef, chicken, vegetable
- 1 tsp salt
- 1 broccoli head cut into florets about 3 cups
- 12 ounces cherry tomatoes halved
- 2 garlic cloves grated
- Pinch of red pepper flakes
- 1/2 cup parsley finely chopped
- 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese grated
- Preheat a large Dutch oven or pasta pot and add the olive oil. When hot, add the onion and mushrooms; saute for 3 to 4 minutes.
- Add the ground beef and cook until no longer pink; about 5 minutes, breaking it up as it cooks. Sprinkle in the dry pasta, salt, and pepper; then add the broth. Bring the broth to a boil and level the pasta with a spatula until the pasta is mostly submerged in the liquid.
- Cover and cook on low heat for 10-12 minutes. Once the pasta is al dente, remove the lid. Add the broccoli, tomato, garlic, and red pepper flakes to the pasta. Stir and cover the pasta. Turn off the heat and let the pasta and vegetables steam in the residual heat for 5 minutes.
- Once the vegetables are crisp-tender, add the fresh parsley and Parmesan cheese as desired. Stir and serve.
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