Total Time
Prep 0 mins
Cook 30 mins

A quick and tasty one-pan meal!


  1. Chop the green pepper. Cut the Velveeta into cubes.
  2. Brown ground beef in a large skillet; drain well.
  3. Add tomatoes (undrained) and water and bring to a boil. Stir in pasta and green pepper.
  4. Reduce heat to medium-low and simmer 15 minutes, until pasta is tender, stirring occasionally.
  5. Add the Velveeta cubes to the skillet. Cook until melted, stirring frequently.
Most Helpful

This was easy and quick. I used 1/2 bell pepper and 1/2 onion, and added some cayenne pepper. I can't get Velveeta here, so I used regular shredded cheddar. Served with some chopped avocado on top, since I needed to use it up. It was a nice meal, thank you!

LousyChef July 19, 2015

As some other reviewers mentioned, I made a couple adjustments: used one yellow and half a red pepper, used different pasta (oops, ran out of rotini), added half a chopped medium onion, added 1 tsp. minced garlic, 1/8 tsp cayenne pepper. My DH and guest loved it!! Plus, it's super easy - like home-made Hamburger Helper with no weird additives! Thanks, loof!!

Linky December 30, 2012

5 Stars for quick and very satisfying weeknight dinner for us, who like a little spice to our food. I used Rotel "Mexican" style (with lime and cilantro) because we love that little extra zing. I didn't have a green bell pepper when I made this, so I substituted a yellow bell pepper; DH thought green bell pepper would be better in this dish. My only complaint was my ground beef from Costco, making me swear to grind my own meat without the sinew and gristle... grr. Because I have a heavy tri-ply stainless steel chef's pot, I used 2 Tablespoons of olive to brown the ground meat so it would not stick too much to the pan. I drained the browned ground beef in a fine-mesh colander before returning to the pan with the tomatoes and water. DH said the heat from the Rotel grew with each bite, but it was never very spicy. This will be in our regular rotation. Made for Please Review My Recipe tag game.

KateL June 05, 2012