Ground Beef Alfredo

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This ground beef Alfredo recipe is the perfect blend of flavor and comfort. A creamy, savory dish that combines ground beef, Alfredo sauce, and pasta. An easy recipe that can be made in about 30 minutes.

Wooden spoon with macaroni noodles and ground beef.


 

If you like Hamburger Helper, you will enjoy this easy alfredo sauce with hamburger meat. Made with just a few kitchen staples, this meal is perfect for a busy weeknight or make for a delicious comfort food meal on the weekend.

Ingredients needed

Scroll to the bottom for the full list of ingredients and recipe instructions.

  • Ground beef – I like to use a lean ground beef for this recipe so that there isn’t much extra grease.
  • Pasta – I am using large elbow macaroni but you can substitute with small pasta shells, rotini, penne, and fettuccini pasta.
  • Alfredo sauce – Use your favorite jarred alfredo sauce or a homemade sauce.
  • Seasonings – Italian seasoning, salt, and ground black pepper
  • Optional – Parmesan cheese, diced green onion, parsley
Ground beef, elbow noodles, jar of alfredo, diced onion, and seasonings.

How to make ground beef alfredo

Step one: Fill a large pot 1/2 full with water. (At least 4 cups of water.) Bring the water to a boil. Add 1 teaspoon salt to the boiling water. Add the pasta and boil according to package directions. Once pasta has finished cooking, drain off the water.

Step two: While the pasta is boiling, cook ground beef in a large skillet over medium heat. Make sure to break up the beef while cooking. Cook until it’s browned.

Step three: Stir in Italian seasoning, 1/2 teaspoon salt, ground black pepper, diced onion and cook for 1-2 minutes. Stir in minced garlic. Stir in the creamy alfredo sauce and cook for another 2-3 minutes or until warmed through.

Ground beef with diced onion and alfredo sauce.

Step four: Pour the drained, cooked pasta into the sauce mixture. Optional – Top with grated parmesan cheese. Serve warm.

Elbow pasta over a creamy sauce.

Tips for success

  • Try using a large, deep skillet for this recipe.
  • Drain off any excess grease from the ground beef. This will help prevent the sauce from being too thin and greasy.
  • Don’t forget to add the salt to the pasta water. This adds flavor to the pasta.
Skillet with pasta, ground beef, and cream sauce.

Variations

You can easily adjust this recipe to your taste. Here are a few examples for substitutions and variations of this dish.

Pasta – Substitute the macaroni with shells, penne, rotini, mostaccioli, or even egg noodles.

Protein – Try substituting the ground beef with ground turkey, ground chicken, or ground bison.

Vegetables – Want to add some color and veggies? You can mix in diced bell pepper, steamed broccoli, peas, or diced carrots.

Did you try this ground beef pasta recipe? Let me know in the comments or tag me on Instagram.

How to store

Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. Reheat in the microwave or in a saucepan on the stove.

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Wooden spoon with macaroni noodles and ground beef.
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Ground Beef Alfredo

By Heather
Ground beef alfredo is a simple meal made with ground beef, alfredo sauce, and pasta. This ground beef recipe is made with just a few ingredients and can be prepared in about 30 minutes.
Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 10 minutes
Total: 20 minutes
Servings: 4

Ingredients 

  • 12 ounces large elbow macaroni or another pasta
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1/2 cup diced onion
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 16 ounce jar alfredo sauce
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese optional

Instructions 

  • Fill a large pot 1/2 full with water. (At least 4 cups of water.) Bring the water to a boil. Add 1 teaspoon salt to the boiling water. Add the pasta and boil according to package directions. Once pasta has finished cooking, drain off the water.
  • While the pasta is boiling, cook ground beef in a large skillet over medium heat. Make sure to break up the beef while cooking. Cook until it's browned.
  • Stir in Italian seasoning, 1/2 teaspoon salt, ground black pepper, diced onion and cook for 1-2 minutes. Stir in minced garlic. Stir in the creamy alfredo sauce and cook for another 2-3 minutes or until warmed through.
  • Pour the drained, cooked pasta into the sauce mixture. Optional – Top with grated parmesan cheese. Serve warm.

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Nutrition

Calories: 668kcal | Carbohydrates: 68g | Protein: 35g | Fat: 28g | Saturated Fat: 11g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 11g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 92mg | Sodium: 1175mg | Potassium: 561mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 118IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 164mg | Iron: 4mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
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