One Pot Pasta & Beef


March 16, 2020

One Pot Pasta & Beef 5 0 5 9
  • Prep: 10 mins
  • Cook: 5 hrs
  • 10 mins

    5 hrs

    5 hrs 10 mins

  • Yields: 6-8


1kg beef mince

400gm can crushed or diced tomatoes

500ml jar pasta bake sauce (a cheesy tomato variety is best eg Creamy Tomato Mozzarella)

2 diced onions

Lots of black pepper (or to your family tastes)

250g small pasta shells


1Combine all ingredients except the pasta in slow cooker

2Cook on low for 4hrs

3Add raw pasta and cook for 45-60mins or until pasta is tender to your likings

4Note: Pasta will absorb the excess liquids when it is added to the recipe so don't be concerned by plenty of liquid during cooking

5Serve with steamed vegetables of your choice or enjoy it on it's own 🙂

Submitted by Paulene Christie


15 Reviews


September 13, 2020

I halved the amount of mince and still had heaps left over. It was super easy to make and came out delicious. Next time I might get adventurous and add some extra herbs and garlic.

Andrea Roberts

July 7, 2020

This is an old family receipt of ours, called “shells” by my kids. We use all of your ingredients except we use a can of tomato soup instead of the pasta sauce and we have diced bacon, sliced carrots and peas added.


July 7, 2020

Huge hit with the family and so easy to make.

Yes Bex the meat cooking stage could be done faster on high then drop back low for pasta stage 🙂


June 27, 2020

Is it possible to speed the process up by cooking on high for a couple of hours then switching to low?

Hi no need to brown. You can use a regular bol sauce but it’ll be less creamy end result


June 21, 2020

I wanna try this but wanna know if I need to brown the mince first? And can I use A Bolognese tomato sauce instead of the creamy mozerella one?

Natalie Hill

May 18, 2020

I made this last night for the first time
Bloody amazing !!!! I did add a few herbs and garlic to heighten the taste but Definitely a keeper 😘😘


May 17, 2020

Made this week for the first time. Easy “cold day” meal and very yummy. Should have stirred again once I had added pasta, cos some pieces that weren’t 100% covered weren’t quite cooked. Will rectify that next time 😀


May 17, 2020

Yum family fave in our house


April 27, 2020

This is super easy! I added in zucchini, celery, capsicum and carrot to give it more nutritious value. Next time I think I’ll add herbs and garlic to give it a bit more flavour. Made it for my toddler and have sectioned into containers in the freezer for her.

Natalie Dodds

April 21, 2020

This is so simple and very tasty! Another new family favourite. I only added 1 onion but also added 2 cloves of fresh diced garlic.

Kellie Clark

April 19, 2020

This was a winner in our house! Delicious! Thank you! 😀

Colleen Pearson

March 19, 2020

It seemed very dry so I added a small tin of tomato soup and it was delicious. Just the right consistency for us, which is fairly thick. Thank you


March 17, 2020

I cook a similar version. I never thought of using a creamy sauce. Will try that next time. My family like curry flavour so I add a tablespoon of powder at the beginning, and a cup of frozen peas & corn with the pasta shells.

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