Pasta and Meat in Skillet Recipe

This Pasta and Meat in Skillet Recipe will become a family favorite. Ground meat with rotini pasta, ricotta and mozzarella cheese. The perfect one-pot pasta dinner for busy evenings, under 30-minute meal.


One pan pasta in a skillet with a spatula.

Meat and pasta in skillet recipe.

We immigrated from Ukraine over 20 years ago (in 1990 to be exact). My parents came to America with two suitcases and $200 dollars to their name (for a family of 13). They worked so hard to start a life in America. I am so grateful for their sacrifice and all the hardships they went through to give us a better life (insert tears emoji).

This recipe brings so many wonderful memories of our first years in America. We tried to budget when we were starting life in America. This recipe was frequently served at dinner. Pasta was inexpensive for us to purchase. The added ground meat as protein added energy and was more filling than plain pasta. Us kids loved when mom would add the ground meat, it was such a treat for us. Making this pasta always have a special feeling to it! Do you have recipes that come with a beautiful story like ours?


How to make quick pasta dinner.

  • Cook pasta according to instructions.
  • Brown ground meat with onion. Add marinara.
  • Add cooked pasta and season.
  • Top with your favorite cheese.
  • When adding the ricotta cheese, you can either spread it across in a thick layer over top of the pasta or add it in small areas like I did in this recipe. Either is great.

NOTE- Grind your own meat by adding a grinder attachment to your kitchen aid.

Photo instructions how to grind me and add to pasta.

Meat sauce for pasta

I enjoy pasta without meat, but our favorite meatless pasta is with an Alfredo sauce. Adding meat to a marinara sauce is wonderful. Instead of purchasing meat sauce, add fresh ground meat to your favorite traditional marinara sauce. It makes for a wonderful pasta dinner.

Can I substitute the meat?

Yes! You can use your favorite choice of protein. Ground turkey, chicken or beef will all work great.

Ricotta cheese and mozzarella cheese to pasta recipe.

Easy one pot pasta dinner

This pasta recipe is great, especially for busy evenings! It’s so easy and quick to make, the perfect solution when you’re pressed for time – and it’s super delicious.

If you want your kids to start cooking, this is such a wonderful recipe for them to start with. It’s so easy to make and there’s not much that can really go wrong with it.

If you have friends of your kids over, this recipe is a hit with the kids! My kiddos always request this one-pot pasta when their friends are over. I always serve it with homemade cheesy bread (see HERE).

pasta meat skillet recipe

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Pasta and cheese in a skillet

Pasta and Meat in Skillet Recipe
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
20 mins
Total Time
30 mins

This Pasta and Meat in Skillet Recipe will become a family favorite. Ground meat with rotini pasta, ricotta and mozzarella cheese. The perfect one-pot pasta dinner for busy evenings, under 30-minute meal.

Course: Dinner
Cuisine: American
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 870 kcal
Author: Valentina's Corner
  • 4 cups Rotini pasta, uncooked
  • ½ tsp oil
  • 1 lb ground pork
  • 1 medium cooking onion, diced fine
  • 1 tsp oil
  • 1 ½ tsp salt
  • ¼ tsp pepper
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 24 oz marinara sauce
  • 2 Tbsp fresh basil, chopped
  • 2 Tbsp Parmesan cheese, grated
  • 8 oz ricotta cheese
  • 8 oz mozzarella cheese, shredded
  1. Cook pasta according to instructions with ½ tsp oil and dash of salt. Once cooked, drain water and return to saucepan, keep lid closed to keep warm.
  2. On medium heat, in a large skillet add 1 tsp oil. Once hot, add the diced onion, saute 2 minutes. Add ground pork. Cook until meat is browned and onion is tender (about 5 minutes).

  3. Add salt, pepper, garlic cloves and mix well, cook another minute.

  4. Combine the meat marinara, basil, Parmesan cheese and pasta. Mix everything. 

  5. Here and there make openings in the pasta. Take ricotta and fill the openings (or spread a layer over all of the pasta). Top with Mozzarella cheese. Close lid and cook on low/medium heat until cheese pasta completely melts. 

  6. Serve with fresh basil and Parmesan cheese, if desired. Enjoy

Nutrition Facts
Pasta and Meat in Skillet Recipe
Amount Per Serving
Calories 870 Calories from Fat 423
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 47g 72%
Saturated Fat 21g 105%
Cholesterol 157mg 52%
Sodium 2275mg 95%
Potassium 1174mg 34%
Total Carbohydrates 60g 20%
Dietary Fiber 4g 16%
Sugars 10g
Protein 49g 98%
Vitamin A 29.2%
Vitamin C 19%
Calcium 49.4%
Iron 22.4%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.


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Pasta, Meat and Cheese Skillet. One pan meal under 30 minutes.

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Show 6 Comments
  • Toria 05/12/2018, 12:22 pm

    A family favorite meal!

    • admin 05/12/2018, 2:12 pm

      Ours too. It’s such an easy meal in minimal prep time.

  • Tanya 09/15/2016, 4:56 pm

    Do you know how this would turn out with ground beef or ground turkey? My husband and kids don’t like and kind of pork.

    • admin 09/15/2016, 6:10 pm

      Hi there:). I believe beef would be a wonderful substitute. Enjoy..

  • Valya @ Valya's Taste of Home 09/30/2015, 1:50 am

    Something similar to what I make. I agree. Somewhat does tastes like lasagna. Kids friendly meal. Looks delicious Valya!

    • admin 09/30/2015, 3:56 pm

      Thank you:).

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