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Jan 08

One-Pot Beefy Creamy Tomato Pasta

One-Pot Beefy Creamy Tomato Pasta in the pot

If you’re in the mood for a creamy, meaty, rich and saucy pasta dish, this One-Pot Beefy Creamy Tomato Pasta is just what you need! This dish is surprisingly easy to make and you’ll never guess when eating it that it’s lightened up. The sauce is decadent and flavorful with a little bit of a kick! My whole family loved this one and it’s definitely going to go in our regular rotation. Plus, a satisfying serving of this pasta dish is just 369 calories or 8 WW Points on the current Weight Watchers plan. To view your current WW Points for this recipe and track it in the WW app or site, click here!

If you’re a fan of my One-Pot Creamy Tomato Pasta with Chicken, I think you’ll love this beefy version. The recipes are a bit different, but the flavors are very similar! When I want beefy flavor with lower WW Points/calories, I’ve found that when mixing ground beef and ground turkey together, it’s the beef flavor that really shines through. Especially if the recipe also uses beef broth and Worcestershire sauce, the overall feeling I get is that I’m eating beef. The ground turkey kind of just fills it out and quietly blends in with the beef. My husband and five-year-old didn’t even notice it wasn’t all beef. I think you’ll love the way the two meats combine in this recipe!

One-Pot Beefy Creamy Tomato Pasta in a bowl

Recipe Notes

  • Pasta: I used Trader Joe’s macaroni pasta here, but shells or rotini or radiatore or other similarly medium-sized pasta shapes will work just as well.
  • Meat: As I mentioned above, I like to use a 50/50 combination of lean ground beef and lean ground turkey breast to lighten the dish up while still maintaining a beefy flavor. However, if you want to use all beef, all turkey, or another meat like ground chicken or ground venison they should all work fine. This may change the nutrition information/WW Points.
  • Spinach: I love adding spinach to my pasta dishes because it adds a veggie and nutrients but blends into the dish pretty seamlessly. I recommend using fresh spinach because in my opinion it tastes better and has better texture, plus at my local store it comes in a six ounce bag so you don’t have to measure anything. However, if you want to use frozen spinach it’s possible, just thaw it and squeeze it out before using.
  • Fat Free Half and Half: I find this in the dairy section of my local grocery stores by the other cream options. This product is thicker and creamier than milk, so it mimics the consistency of half and half creamer without the fat. I’ve used it quite a bit in cooking and it works really well to add creaminess to dishes. If you’re looking for other recipes to use this in, you can see where else I’ve used it by clicking here. I highly recommend trying my Creamy Chicken and Wild Rice Soup – it’s a favorite!
  • Crushed Red Pepper Flakes: I love the slightly spicy kick that these add to this recipe, so I definitely recommend using them! It’s not too much, my five year old would definitely have mentioned if it was too spicy. However, if you don’t like any spice at all or have a family member who doesn’t, you can omit this ingredient without issue.
  • Serving Size: This recipe made a bit over 8 cups total, so I broke into six servings of 1 & 1/3 cups each. If you want a smaller serving (maybe you’re eating it for lunch, or your serving it with a big salad or side dishes), you can do eight (1 cup) servings instead.

More Tasty Lightened-Up One-Pot Meals

One-Pot meals are one of my favorite types of recipes. I love the ease and simplicity, and I really love not having to wash a pile of pots and pans. If you’re looking for more tasty One-Pot recipes like this One-Pot Beefy Creamy Tomato Pasta, check out my One-Pot Cheeseburger Pasta, One-Pot Chicken Parmesan Pasta, Chicken Taco Rice Skillet, One-Pot Turkey and Veggie Spaghetti, One-Pot Chicken Florentine Mac and Cheese, One-Pot Creamy Tomato Pasta with Chicken and Spinach, One-Pot Cajun Chicken and Sausage Pasta, One-Pot Buffalo Chicken Mac and Cheese, Turkey Sloppy Joe Pasta, One-Pot Spicy Dirty Rice with Chicken and Sausage, Chicken Pot Pasta, Lemon Chicken Orzo, Beefy American Goulash, Rustic Sausage and Potato Skillet, and so many more in the One-Pot Meals category of my recipe index!

One-Pot Beefy Creamy Tomato Pasta in the pot
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One-Pot Beefy Creamy Tomato Pasta

This One-Pot Beefy Creamy Tomato Pasta is a creamy, meaty, saucy pasta dish that's easy to make and so tasty!


  • ½ lb uncooked 95% lean ground beef
  • ½ lb uncooked 99% lean ground turkey breast
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper
  • ¼ teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1 small onion, diced
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 3 cups lower sodium beef broth
  • 15 oz can tomato sauce
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 2 teaspoons Italian seasoning
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 12 oz medium-sized pasta, (I used medium-sized macaroni pasta, but rotini, medium shells, orecchiette, radiatore, or any pasta of a similar size will work great)
  • 6 oz bag fresh spinach leaves
  • ½ cup fat free half and half
  • 1 oz Parmesan cheese, finely shredded


  • Lightly mist a 5 QT Dutch oven or a large pot with cooking spray and bring over medium heat. Add the ground beef and ground turkey and cook, breaking up with a spatula or cooking spoon until it starts to brown a bit and break into small chunks. Add the ¼ teaspoon each of salt, black pepper, and crushed red pepper flakes, and the chopped onion, and stir to combine. Continue to cook for another 4-5 minutes until the onions are softened and the meat is cooked through. Add the minced garlic and stir. Cook for another 30-60 seconds until fragrant.
  • Add the beef broth, tomato sauce, tomato paste, Italian seasoning, and Worcestershire sauce and stir together. Add the dry pasta and stir again. Use the back or your spatula or spoon to flatten out the ingredients to be just under the surface of the liquid as best you can. Turn the heat up to med-high and bring the mixture to a boil. Once boiling, reduce the heat to med-low to simmer. Simmer for 10-15 minutes (depending on your pasta type), stirring the ingredients every couple of minutes to make sure the pasta gets rotated and doesn’t stick to the bottom.
  • When the pasta is cooked through and most of the liquid is absorbed, stir in the spinach a couple handfuls at a time until wilted. Remove the pot from heat. Stir in the half and half and Parmesan cheese until well combined and melted into a sauce. Let sit for 3-4 minutes to allow everything to thicken and melt together and then stir again and serve.


WW Points per (1 & 1/3 cup) serving: 8 (SP calculated using the recipe builder on weightwatchers.com)
To view your current WW Points for this recipe and track it in the WW app or site, click here!
Nutrition Information per (1 & 1/3 cup) serving:
369 calories, 54 g carbs, 8 g sugars, 5 g fat, 2 g saturated fat, 30 g protein, 4 g fiber, 754 mg sodium (from myfitnesspal.com)
Weight Watchers Points Plus:
10 per (1 & 1/3 cup) serving (PP calculated using a Weight Watchers PointsPlus calculator and the nutrition info below)

6 comments on “One-Pot Beefy Creamy Tomato Pasta”

  1. That looks yummy

  2. We loved this recipe but it took about 1/2 hour for macaroni to cook. In the meantime, all the liquid evaporated and I had to keep adding water so I did not burn meal. I also had to add some tomato powder as to not lose the tomato flavor. Next time, I will precook my noodles and reduce my sauce before adding my noodles. 

    We did enjoy the dish and it made quite a bit for a two-person family. I might split recipe in 1/2 next time. 4 stars

    • I’m glad to hear you liked it! I’m so curious, what pasta did you use that takes a half hour to cook? I don’t think I’ve ever had pasta with that kind of cook time! Mine was definitely done in 10 minutes. I’m sorry that happened to you, but I’m glad you could make it work.

  3. I just used regular elbow macaroni and it was hard and starchy for quite a while. 

  4. I made this last night and it is delicious! I tweaked a bit by adding a diced up zucchini and bell pepper to the mix and a spoonful of calabrian chili paste for extra kick. It made a HUGE pot of food. We’ll be enjoying it for several meals.

    As a note – I didn’t have any issues with the pasta cooking in about 10-15 minutes.5 stars

  5. Indulge in the savory delight of this One-Pot Beefy Creamy Tomato Pasta – rich, creamy, and surprisingly light! A perfect blend of flavors that’ll have your family asking for seconds. Plus, it’s a guilt-free pleasure at just 369 calories per serving. Bon appétit!

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