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Chili Beef Pasta Recipe

Chili Beef Pasta Recipe

Right after I got married, my aunt gave me her recipe for skillet spaghetti and told me it was ideal for a quick weeknight meal. Over the years I’ve tinkered with the ingredients and played with the seasonings to make it a healthier dish and one my family truly loves. —Kristen Killian, Depew, New York
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 30 min. YIELD:6 servings


  • 1 pound lean ground beef (90% lean)
  • 2 tablespoons dried minced onion
  • 2 teaspoons dried oregano
  • 2 teaspoons chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 3 cups tomato juice
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 can (6 ounces) tomato paste
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 8 ounces uncooked whole wheat small pasta shell- or spiral-shaped pasta
  • Grape tomatoes and sliced jalapeno pepper, optional


  • 1. In a Dutch oven, cook beef over medium heat 6-8 minutes or until no longer pink, breaking into crumbles; drain. Stir in seasonings.
  • 2. Add tomato juice, water, tomato paste and sugar to pan; bring to a boil. Stir in pasta. Reduce heat; simmer, covered, 20-22 minutes or until pasta is tender, stirring occasionally. If desired, top with tomatoes and jalapeno slices. Yield: 6 servings.

Nutritional Facts

1-1/3 cups equals 319 calories, 7 g fat (2 g saturated fat), 47 mg cholesterol, 442 mg sodium, 41 g carbohydrate, 6 g fiber, 24 g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 3 lean meat, 2 starch, 1 vegetable.

Reviews for Chili Beef Pasta

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Reviewed Mar. 19, 2016

"Did I make the same recipe as everyone else? I couldn't even salvage this; it went straight down to the dumpster. This tasted like tomato juice soup with pasta and ground beef. I had used V-8 juice instead and added A LOT more spices and it still tasted like nothing but tomato juice."

Reviewed Oct. 26, 2015

"This is good, somewhat on the soupy side. I added more salt and granulated garlic for more flavor. It would've been OK even without the extra seasoning. Makes a good one pot meal which saves on dishes that have to be washed after supper. Thumbs up on that!"

Reviewed Mar. 23, 2015

"This was wonderful, I just added some mushrooms!! GREAT!!"

Reviewed Feb. 6, 2015

"Another great one pot recipe. I love one pot meals when it's been a busy day and your running behind. This one is so simply and great tasteing too."

Reviewed Jan. 11, 2015

"Used ground chicken this time. Added more seasoning along with a can of Bush hot chili beans"

Reviewed Sep. 22, 2014

"I also added extra seasoning and some mini pepperoni."

Reviewed Feb. 7, 2014

"This recipe didn't have a lot of flavor to me and we have fairly bland things here because I have to cook for someone who can have very little sodium. I did leave out the salt and used tomatoes with no salt added for about everything that was a tomato product. However, I added Mrs. Dash original to replace the salt and I did add 3 or 4 drops of hot sauce. Truth is, the person who said earlier that it was just as easy to use their own leftover chili and add pasta is who I agree with."

Reviewed Jan. 9, 2014

"I added a little extra salt and fresh ground pepper. Everyone loved it! Thanks!"

Reviewed Sep. 13, 2013

"I wanted this to be so good, but ultimately, it was only average in taste. I prefer my favorite chili recipe over this and I can always add pasta to that if I want it. It was easy to prepare, but just didn't pack much punch."

Reviewed Sep. 8, 2013

"This type of meal is always a favorite around my house. I used V8 Hot & Spicy instead of tomato juice, and I added a can of dark red kidney beans, and a bit of cumin... Yum."

Reviewed Sep. 3, 2013

"This is definitely a crowd pleaser. 7 of my 12 grandchildren sat down to the table and they all loved it. I might use the Hot Mexican chili powder the next time if I'll have more adults sitting at the table. But this was perfect for EVERYONE and it's not often that I can get them all to agree on a single meal. Thank YOU!"

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