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One-skillet beef and mac means lots of cheesy goodness with hardly any cleanup

No one likes washing dishes, so this one-skillet beef and mac is the perfect weeknight dish. Pasta, ground beef, tomatoes, vegetables and cheese… It’s just so good.

My love for pasta and one-skillet dinners is a strong and everlasting love. My husband loves this dish and asks me to make it at least once a month. This dish is packed full of tomato, spinach, beef and noodles, all made in one skillet. So easy and delicious.

One skillet beef and mac

One-skillet beef and mac recipe

Serves 4


  • 1 cup ground beef
  • 1/3 cup bell peppers, sliced
  • 1/3 cup onions, diced
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 3/4 teaspoon garlic salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper
  • 1 (12 ounce) can Ro-Tel tomatoes
  • 1 (8 ounce) can tomato sauce
  • 1/2 pound pasta
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 cup chopped spinach
  • 1 cup shredded Mexican blend cheese


  1. To a large skillet, add the ground beef, bell peppers, onions, garlic, garlic salt, smoked paprika, Italian seasoning and crushed red pepper.
  2. Cook together over medium-high heat until the beef is browned and the vegetables are softened.
  3. Add in the Ro-Tel tomatoes, tomato sauce, pasta and water. Cover, and cook over medium heat until the pasta is cooked, about 10 minutes.
  4. Remove the lid, stir in spinach, cover with cheese, and let the cheese melt.
  5. Serve hot.

Note: The liquid should cook down so the pasta dish is thick, but if it’s too watery, then you can cook the dish without the lid.

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