slow cooker ground beef and cheese pasta

The easiest, creamiest, beef and cheese pasta ever. Even the pasta gets cooked right in the slow cooker!slow cooker ground beef and cheese pastaThis slow cooker ground beef and cheese pasta was a hit! Just a few basic ingredients tossed in the slow cooker and by dinner time a delicious hearty meal was ready. This is one of those recipes my 7-year-old couldn’t get enough of. She couldn’t even wait until I was done photographing the pasta to eat ????

This is a recipe I make all the time in a pot on the stove-top or in a slow cooker. The pasta goes in uncooked and any type can be used. I like to add heavy cream towards the end of baking for a creamier pasta but that is totally optional. I hope you enjoy this recipe as much as we do!
slow cooker ground beef and cheese pastaTo make this yummy pasta add the brown ground beef, marinara sauce, diced tomatoes, italian seasoning, sautéed onions and garlic, salt, and water.
slow cooker ground beef and cheese pastaCook for 4-5 hours then add the pasta and cheese and give it one more hour. After that dig right into this yummy cheesy pasta. slow cooker ground beef and cheese pasta

slow cooker ground beef and cheese pasta

4.34 from 18 votes
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Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 6 hours
Total Time: 6 hours 10 minutes
Servings: 6
Author: Layla


  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 1 tablespoon oil
  • 1/2 cup diced onions
  • 4 cloves of garlic minced
  • 2 cups uncooked pasta any kind
  • 24 oz jar marinara sauce about 3 cups
  • 1 cup diced tomatoes canned or fresh
  • 1 teaspoon dried italian herb seasoning
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3 cups water
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream optional
  • 1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 1/2 cup shredded parmesan cheese


  • Heat a medium pan to medium/high heat. Cook ground beef until it browns (5 minutes), drain and remove from the pan and pour into slow cooker.

    Wipe the pan with a paper towel and add 1 tablespoon oil to the same pan, cook the onions for 2-3 minute, until soft. Add the minced garlic and cook for another 20 seconds. Turn off heat and pour onions and garlic into slow cooker.

    Add the jar of marinara sauce, diced tomatoes, italian seasoning, water, and salt. Cook on medium heat for 4 hours.

    Next, Add the pasta, heavy cream, half the mozzarella cheese, the parmesan and gently stir. Top with the remaining 1/2 mozzarella cheese and cook for another hour or until the cheese is melted and bubbly. Serve warm. Enjoy!

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    Wonderful recipe. I had to omit the Diced tomatoes, the heavy whipping cream, and the parmesan cheese for my family but all 5 loved it. Even the kids! Thanks for sharing! Will be a favorite in our house for a while!


    Is the pasta already cooked when you add it to the crockpot or do you add it “raw”?


    (sorry, caps is stuck on)

    Made on stove top using listed ingredients – browned ground beef, simmered with other ingredients, then added boiled Noodles. Served with garlic bread. We loved it


    We really enjoyed this but should have cooked the pasta for only 30 minutes. I would have cooked the sauce no more then 2 hours.

    Leanne Tollison

    This recipe is amazing! My family loves it!


    I cooked on low for 5 and a half hours, and added shells, cream, and cheese. Cooked for another 30 minutes on low and it came out great.


    Loved it! Made it as instructions say but I always add a little more as far as spices go. Also, I just threw in the meat and veggies without cooking them first. Did it for about six hours on low. Sooo good!!

    ROBIN :)

    I made this on the stove top turned out (note to self use more water for stove top and simmering as as soon as it boils.)DELICIOUS..I used canned tomatoes with basil,garlic and oregano and half an half all I had on hand and added fresh spinach and pasta sauce. But I did have a bag of shredded Italian cheese on hand. Took about 45 minutes to hour to cook.


    Made this tonight with textured soy protein (veggie ground-round I think it’s called) and tofu cheese as a vegan version, and it was phenomenal! I do agree that you should add a bit more spice (I added a bit of Sriracha). I also used whole cherry tomatoes instead of the diced ones and I highly recommend it!

    (I’m not even a vegan, I was just trying to impress some cool friends and it totally worked.)

    Amy F.

    I omitted the cream, no substitution, just a bit more water. Added broccoli to boost vitamins, a can of tomato paste and a bay leaf. Family wanted seconds.

    Jenni C

    I’m afraid I found this recipe bland and watery. The cream may have helped but I didn’t have any. It definitely only needs max 30 mins from when the pasta goes in, even on low. Overall, probably not worth doing a pasta bake in a crock pot, it would be better baked in the oven, although the beef was lovely and tender.


    can you use sour cream instead of heavy cream…in a smaller amount?


      I used the same amount in low fat cream cheese, came out wonderful and creamy. Also doubled the Italian seasoning and used crushed red pepper for a kick. Only put the pasta and cheese in during the last twenty minutes or it’s mushy.


    I made this recipe yesterday and it was very good. I did make a couple of changes though. I didn’t have a can of regular diced tomatoes so I used fired roasted tomatoes. I didn’t have any cream so I used sour cream instead and it was delicious. I just added the sour cream when I added the pasta. I also ended up adding a little more salt towards the end because it was a little bland tasting. My slow cooker only has a high and low setting so before adding the pasta, sour cream, and remaining cheese, I cooked it on low for 5 hours for the sauce to come together. The pasta was cooked perfectly and the cheese was melted for me after only 30 minutes on low. This is definitely something I will make again. Hopefully, I can make it with the cream next time because the sour cream really did make it creamy so I am sure the cream would do the same. My husband loved it too. He took leftovers to work for lunch today and it will be my lunch too. Looking forward to it! 🙂


    Just made this today and it was great! Cooked it on high for 2 hours then on low for 2 hours. Then we added the dry pasta (we used egg noodles) and cheese and cooked for 1 more hour to let pasta get done. So good! I really love Italian food.


    Made this and it tasted ok. Like others, I only have slow cooker that has low and high settings. Had to add more seasoning than recipe suggested as it was very bland. Picture looks like there was cheddar cheese added in addition to mozzarella and parm ??


      The reason it looks like cheddar cheese is because of the fat in cheese and the tomato sauce has mingled together.


    If the meat is already cooked before going into the slow cooker, then the cooking time is just for the pasta, really. So why cook so long?? Pasta is ready in a very short time!


    I made this for dinner but the pasta turned so mushy! What can I do to fix this? The recipe was great, just don’t like soggy pasta.


      Following. I was going to make this tomorrow night but was worried about the pasta going soggy. I’m assuming it’s got something to do with the cooking time. My slow cooker only has low and high too, no medium. ????


        I just read a similar recipe and the method doesn’t have the pasta added until 30 minutes before ready.


      Correct, the 1h hour with pasta is too long. The reciepe was good but also had mushy pasta. I think that 30 min or 20min would be good next time


    During the cold winters, this is a staple in our house.


    I love pasta
    thanks good recipe