One Pot Pasta & Beef


March 16, 2020

  • Prep: 10 mins
  • Cook: 5 hrs
  • 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


31 Reviews

Rae Hawkins

June 14, 2022

Monday nights are slow cook nights due to my full time tutorials. Well last night I made this dish, I used 1 and a half jars of the pasta bake sauce because I added mushrooms as well. The pasta was cooked perfectly by doing this. Hubby has now said that any meal we can make in the slow cooker will be better instead of the stove or oven. About time I started showing him how to use it as well I think.

Wendy Howell

May 31, 2022

So yummy as a pasta bake! Added Italian Herbs, Garlic granules, sliced champignons, grated carrot & zucchini.

That would work Ruth 🙂

Ruth Stevens

May 26, 2022

Just wondering I don’t have tinned tomatoes but have tin tomato soup would this work the same thanks


December 22, 2021

I tried this a few weeks back, quick, simple and the kids loved it! Also like to add, it’s VERY filling

Amy Spillane

June 11, 2021

Made this pasta last night and it was delicious, I made some minor adjustments:

– 500g mince (there was plenty)
– some mixed herbs and about 2 tea spoons of garlic
– 150 bacon pieces

I would recommend when putting the pasta in to fill the pasta sauce jar with 1/2 water, shake and mix. I turned mine off 10 minutes early as it was looking thick. Needed more moister towards the end so will do that next time. Served my partner and I plus three leftovers 😊

Natalie Wood

May 15, 2021

I didn’t get it on in time so cooked on high for 2hrs.
Such an easy and yummy dish! Great for those nights where you are feeling lazy!

Because this particular type of sauce used is a creamy consistency you’ll find it less creamy, more watery (even more watery if you don’t cook the pasta in it as it’s designed to absorb extra liquids too) – but you could choose to do that if you wish 🙂


May 5, 2021

Instead of adding a jar sauce could you just add some stock. Was thinking 500g of mince, tin of tomatoes and a cup of stock, and just cook the pasta separately. Would that work?


April 29, 2021

I only had 500gm mince so used that and you wouldnt know there was slightly less. I also only had large shells and these cooked through in the same time which was nice. Will tweak a little to our tastes next time and possible even turn it into a pasta bake, it was lovely.


April 28, 2021

Good recipe for the family – I served with vegies as pictured.
I used 700g mince not 1kg but I think next time I’d drop down to 500g as we don’t like too much meat – and increase the pasta. But will definitely make again.

Chris Brooks

April 10, 2021

I’ve made this lots of times – it’s a firm favourite in our house.

I use 750g of minced beef and 3 cans of tomatoes (otherwise it can be a bit dry) with all other ingredients the same as above. This makes 4 generous helpings.

Marion Walsh

January 21, 2021

Absolutely delicious and so easy to make! Instead of jar sauce I used tomato soup and a handful of cheese. Also added plenty of garlic and herbs. Will definitely have this as a regular dish in my house.

linda wheeler

January 18, 2021

Loved this will definitely make again

linda wheeler

January 18, 2021

Loved this was a hit with my husband! Will definitely make this again


November 14, 2020

This is absolutely amazing and freezes great.


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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