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Creamy Beef and Pasta Recipe

A friend shared the recipe for this fix-it-and-forget-it meal. I often make it for our children when my husband and I go out. Even the baby-sitters have commented how much they like it. - Carol Losier, Baldwinsville, New York
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Cook: 2-1/2 hours YIELD:4-6 servings


  • 2 cans (10-3/4 ounces each) condensed cream of mushroom soup, undiluted
  • 2 cups (8 ounces) shredded cheddar or part-skim mozzarella cheese
  • 1 pound ground beef, cooked and drained
  • 2 cups uncooked small pasta
  • 2 cups milk
  • 1/2 to 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/2 to 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon pepper


  • 1. In a 3-qt. slow cooker, combine all ingredients. Cover and cook on low for 2-1/2 to 3-1/2 hours or until pasta is tender. Yield: 4-6 servings.

Nutritional Facts

1 each: 432 calories, 23g fat (14g saturated fat), 90mg cholesterol, 871mg sodium, 28g carbohydrate (5g sugars, 1g fiber), 28g protein.

Reviews for Creamy Beef and Pasta

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julanleasara User ID: 1119103 33703
Reviewed Aug. 9, 2013

"We farm and I often stop in at home and throw all of this in the crockpot just a few hours before supper time. It only takes 3-4 hours on low. My husband and kids love it and I love how easy it is. I make a similar oven mac & cheese that doesn't call for ground beef and only one can of soup. Bake @ 350 for one hour uncovered stirring half way through. I think when I am short on time I am going to try throwing in some browned hamburger and see how it turns out. Bet it tastes the same!"

prairie23 User ID: 7198944 81937
Reviewed Jul. 8, 2013

"Loved it! Thankfully, I read the reviews first - it barely took 2-1/2 hours on low. My husband teased me about making "Hamburger Helper" from scratch. Then he took a bite, and was too busy eating to tease anymore. Rated a definite keeper by him and the kids!"

Joscy User ID: 2694585 33700
Reviewed May. 14, 2013

"Have not yet had pleasure making this; planning ahead ~ having same day surgery in few weeks. It will be terrific to come home to dinner made in advance."

Sarah21280 User ID: 7129462 46375
Reviewed Feb. 8, 2013

"I wanted to pass along my changes, and how I adapted it to be a quick meal, instead of a slow-cooker meal (I didn't run across it in time to make it in the slow-cooker). I cooked the pasta just shy of al dente and used only 1C of milk, figuring that the amt. of milk in the slow-cooker version was needed to cook the dry noodles. I probably used only 1 1/3C of cheese, too, that being all I had. I added a few generous shakes of Worchestershire sauce, and just mixed it all as you would any pasta bake. Baked at 400 degrees for about 25 minutes. It was very, very good. A nice alternative to the only other pasta bake I seem to have in my repertoire (sausage, spinach, mozzerella, tomato sauce and penne). I will make this again."

Angelrider65 User ID: 5091434 75680
Reviewed Dec. 4, 2012

"I only put 4 stars due to the cook time. Thank goodness I read the reviews first or it would have been ruined. Mine finished on low in 2 1/2 hrs and the pasta is almost over cooked. The only thing I changed was used some real onion since I didn't have powder and followed someone else and added some worstershire and ground mustard. Good simple meal and I agree about the beef stroganoff comparison"

karenhann User ID: 5572158 28932
Reviewed Nov. 4, 2010

"This is a good recipe. I did alter it a bit - I also added 2 cans of cheddar cheese soup, and 2 cans of seasoned diced tomatoes, a bit of worcestershire and a bit of ground mustard. I noticed that the pasta was cooked almost immediately, so I cooked it on low the whole time, but if I wasn't home to watch it, I don't think I would add the pasta until the very end. I also used 2 cups of marble cheese (what I had on hand). Very good - a keeper. I'm contemplating adding some italian seasoning and/or garlic powder - hmmmmm."

jenjerry User ID: 5442744 203915
Reviewed Oct. 10, 2010

"My family loves this recipe and it only takes about 3 hours in the crock pot on high. If you cook it too long the noodles get mushy. It's a lot like beef stroganoff or a homemade hamburger helper."

Maryrose90 User ID: 179832 106806
Reviewed Jun. 9, 2010

"This recipe is so simple but my kids just love it. They request it all the time and I love that it is so easy to throw it all in the crockpot and go about my day. I did find though that six hours is too long at least in my crockpot. The first time I made the recipe, it burned all around the outer edge so the next time I cut down on the cooking time and it turned out perfect."

kevinamymartin User ID: 1301006 43479
Reviewed Feb. 26, 2010

"Finished in half the time--3 hours. Had to stir half way through to make sure pasta along top edge would cook. Kind of reminded me of Hamburger Helper. My kids loved it!"

Rishakia User ID: 4093036 33091
Reviewed Aug. 18, 2009

"I doubled this recipe and used my 8-qt Rival. Pasta was a little overdone at 5 hours but still very good. I did not double the cheese and it still was creamy."

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Wine Pairings

Full-Bodied White Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a full-bodied white wine such as Chardonnay or Viognier.