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Chili Beef Pasta

Right after I got married, an 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 that my family truly loves. —Kristen Killian, Depew, New York
  • Total Time
    Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
  • Makes
    6 servings

Ingredients

  • 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
  • Chopped tomato and sliced jalapeno pepper, optional

Directions

  • In a Dutch oven, cook beef over medium heat 6-8 minutes or until no longer pink, breaking into crumbles; drain. Stir in seasonings.
  • 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 chopped tomato and jalapeno slices.
Nutrition Facts
1-1/3 cups (calculated without tomatoes): 319 calories, 7g fat (2g saturated fat), 47mg cholesterol, 442mg sodium, 41g carbohydrate (9g sugars, 6g fiber), 24g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 3 lean meat, 2 starch, 1 vegetable.

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  • shelli1542
    Sep 28, 2020

    Tasty and quick!

  • smalltowmgirl
    Jan 11, 2020

    Easy recipe needs more flavour. Will try adding peppers, minced garlic and pepper flakes next time. Very filling. Quick cleanup cooking all in the dutch oven. Left out the sugar to reduce sugar content; not sure if that was a good idea. ??????? Will make again.

  • Mamacheese2004
    Jun 14, 2016

    This dish came out full of flavor and it's so easy. I especially love the fact that it's all cooked in one pot, making clean up a breeze. I don't measure pasta, I eye-ball it. So I probably added a little more pasta than what the recipe calls for, but in the end, it didn't come out soupy like some reviewers have said. It was perfect. I served it with dinner rolls. It got the stamp of approval from kids and hubby as well!

  • chris28304
    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.

  • Cooltruth
    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!

  • woodkia
    Mar 23, 2015

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

  • treacher
    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.

  • unique11
    Jan 11, 2015

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

  • homemadewithlove
    Sep 22, 2014

    I also added extra seasoning and some mini pepperoni.

  • Cook_aholic
    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.