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One-Pan Rotini with Tomato Cream Sauce

I like to make one-pan recipes and this one was proclaimed a winner by my family. Bonus: It's also easy to clean up. Serve with crusty bread to dip into the sauce. —Angela Lively, Conroe, Texas
  • Total Time
    Prep: 15 min. Cook: 30 min.
  • Makes
    6 servings


  • 1 pound lean ground beef (90% lean)
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups beef stock
  • 1 can (14-1/2 ounces) fire-roasted diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 2 cups uncooked spiral pasta
  • 1 cup frozen peas
  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese


  • In a large skillet, cook beef and onion over medium heat until beef is no longer pink and onion is tender, breaking up beef into crumbles, 5-10 minutes; drain. Add garlic and seasonings; cook 1 minute longer. Add the stock and tomatoes; bring to a boil. Add pasta and peas; reduce heat. Simmer, covered, until pasta is tender, 10-12 minutes.
  • Gradually stir in cream and cheese; heat through (do not allow to boil).

Test Kitchen tips
  • Even if all the noodles aren't totally submerged in liquid when added to the pan, they will still cook through.
  • For an extra boost of flavor, stir in cooked sausage and serve with additional cheese.
  • Nutrition Facts
    1 cup: 443 calories, 23g fat (13g saturated fat), 98mg cholesterol, 646mg sodium, 33g carbohydrate (6g sugars, 3g fiber), 25g protein.


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    • ellimaye1
      Jan 9, 2021

      Love that it was a one pot meal! Next time I would add a little more seasoning.

    • PageRD
      Dec 9, 2020

      I kept seeing the video for this recipe so I finally had to try it! I didn't have any fire-roasted tomatoes so I used plain tomatoes. We loved it! What an excellent weekday one pot meal. No fuss, no muss. I'm sure the fire-roasted tomatoes would have added to the depth of flavor but I added just bit more seasoning to make up for it. I also topped it off with extra parmesan at the end.

    • Brent
      Dec 7, 2020

      This is both quick and very good. I made this per recipe with the addition of a half teaspoon of red pepper flakes. It was fantastic. Thank you for a great recipe.

    • Joyce
      Jun 21, 2020

      I make this in the instant pot. I double the recipe using 4 cups of stock, a 28 oz. can of crushed tomatoes and a full 16 oz. box of pasta. I saute the beef with the onions and garlic and seasonings. When cooked through (about 4-5 minutes),I add the 4 cups of beef broth and the pasta and then layer the tomatoes on top (do not mix!) Close the lid and pressure cook for 5 minutes. Do a quick release and then put on saute again. Mix the pasta and ingredients, add your frozen peas and stir again until it begins to simmer and then add the cream, (I use 1.5 cups of cream) Heat through, turn off and add Parmesan cheese. Stir again and check for seasoning and serve with a green salad with balsamic vinaigrette. So easy and yummy! Great leftover or use original amounts to make half.

    • Elizabeth
      Feb 15, 2020

      No comment left

    • Heather
      Feb 9, 2020

      This was very good. Husband loved it and said it was one of his pasta favorites. Flavor was spot on. I knew this was gonna be a keeper when I saw this. Thanks for the great recipe :)

    • ChrisD1717
      Apr 22, 2019

      This was delicious. I loved the flavor of the cream sauce and the kick the tomatoes gave. Omitted the peas, not a fan. My brother said when it was cooking that the aroma was fantastic. Sprinkled more Parmesan on mt serving, cause that I am a big fan of....YUM!

    • Beema
      Apr 15, 2019

      The best thing this recipe has going for it is the use of a single pan. It is also easy to cut in half for a smaller family. I used half ground beef and half ground sausage and added black olives just before serving. A keeper.

    • cynandtom
      Feb 21, 2019

      Aside from adding extra garlic, just because we are garlic lovers, and topping with extra cheese and some parsley; I didn’t change a thing! Absolutely delicious!! I love the ease of cooking the pasta right in the same pan, which makes it perfect for a five star weeknight meal, but also great for unexpected company since it comes together so quickly!

    • bonnie.reynolds
      Feb 16, 2019

      Even my picky eater husband enoyed this! Might try crushed tomatoes next time for a creamier sauce.