Ground Beef & Parmesan Reggiano Fall Zuchette Pasta

Ground Beef & Parmesan Reggiano Fall Zuchette Pasta

Can someone please tell Trader Joe’s to sell this pasta and sauce all year long? I do not want to wait until it’s fall again to have this sauce again.

If you can’t find this sauce in Trader Joe’s, you can totally make the recipe that they have located on their site. I haven’t tried it yet, but it has the same ingredients so I’m sure that it tastes just as good.

How many of you ate Hamburger Helper growing up? Honestly, I’ve only eaten it a handful of times in my life. It was amazing, but my mom cooked so many excellent foods from scratch that we just didn’t care to eat the box stuff. I’ve never been big on box, can, or frozen meals unless they’re doctored up. I have not and will not buy any macaroni and cheese that comes in a box. Yes, I’m being a little bourgeois. But, I just can’t bring myself to put Kraft macaroni in my mouth after eating homemade macaroni. The taste just isn’t the same. I brought up hamburger helper because that’s what this pasta tastes like, except it tastes like a grown up version of it. If you haven’t tried Pumpkin Pasta sauce before, this sauce mimics the hamburger helper sauce a little bit. I enjoy this sauce way more because it’s healthier for you and tastes well seasoned. You have got to try this sauce on top of Gnocchi as well. It’s to die for!

Ground Beef & Parmesan Reggiano Fall Zuchette Pasta

If you don’t live near a Trader Joe’s or you can’t find the Zuchette pasta, feel free to substitute with Chickpea or Black Bean Rotini! Either one will taste really good and won’t make much of a difference. The only part of this recipe that isn’t optional is the Parmesano Reggiano shreds because it just totally changes the taste of this entire recipe. There is no other cheese that I would recommend to go with this pasta because I think that other cheeses would overpower this dish.

The reason I added the one tbsp of Tomato Paste to this recipe was due to the fact I didn’t have a lot of this sauce left over. I used the majority of it in my recipe for Spaghetti Squash! I added the tomato paste to thicken things up because unfortunately, it was way too thin! If you would prefer for this sauce to be thicker than mine came out to be, I would suggest for you to use less water and more tomato paste! If you make this recipe, let me know in the comments how it turns out for you.

Ground Beef & Parmesan Reggiano Fall Zuchette Pasta

Pasta, Parmesan Reggiano, Zuchette, Pumpkin, Tomato Paste, Tomato Sauce, Italian, Hamburger Helper, Healthy, Trader Joe's
Pasta, Dinner, Fall
Yield: 10Pin it

Ground Beef & Parmesan Reggiano Fall Zuchette Pasta

The most adorable pasta shape that is known to man, Fall Zuchette Pasta. Trader Joe’s makes a killer Autumn Harvest sauce with Pumpkin, Butternut Squash, and Tomatoes. When paired with ground beef, tomato paste, and parmesan cheese it resembles Hamburger Helper, but it tastes so much better (and it’s healthier!).

prep time: 5 minscook time: 27 minstotal time: 32 mins


  • 1/2 lb Ground Beef
  • 1 tbsp Garlic Salt
  • 1 tbsp Garlic Powder
  • 1 tbsp Black Pepper
  • 1 tsp 21 Seasoning Salute
  • 1 tbsp Herbs de Provence, reserve half of it for topping the pasta 
  • 1/2 bag of Trader Joe's Fall Zuchette Pasta 
  • 1 tbsp Tomato Paste
  • 1/4 cup Pasta Water
  • 1 cup Kale
  • 1/4 cup Parmesan Reggiano
  • 1 tsp Ghee


  1. Heat a skillet pan to medium-high heat and add your ground beef. Season the ground beef in the pan. Stir and allow to cook until browned. While allowing the beef to cook, boil your pasta according to instructions. 
  2. Do not completely drain your pasta! Remove the pasta from the water and reserve 1/4 cup of the water. 
  3. Drain your ground beef and place into a bowl. Add 1 tsp of Ghee to the same pan that you cooked your ground beef in and add the sauce, ground beef, and kale. Stir very well, it should have a thick texture. Then add your pasta noodles and 1/4 cup of the water. Mix well! Top with the herbs de provence, no other seasonings are necessary. Add a little bit of the parmesan cheese. Turn the heat down to low and allow to simmer for 10 minutes.
  4. When finished simmering, turn off the heat. Place the pasta in a bowl and top with more cheese! 
  5. Enjoy!