On the nights that you need to make a warm and filling meal for your family, but you're short on time and don't want to dirty a bunch of dishes, you need to make this Cheeseburger Skillet Recipe! A cheeseburger pasta skillet contains macaroni shells, ground beef, lots of cheese, ketchup, mustard and truly is made all in one pan!
Cheeseburgers are a family favorite in our house!
A cheeseburger pasta skillet is a combination of ground beef, pasta, beef broth, cheddar cheese, ketchup, mustard, and dill pickle relish. I find the ketchup, mustard, and relish are what really bring out the cheeseburger flavors!
- This recipe can be added to your list of one-pot meals! One pan = fewer dishes to do at the end of the night!
- Made with simple ingredients.
- Easy weeknight dinner recipe.
- This skillet dinner is made in just 30 minutes!
All of these ingredients are easy to find and are all common pantry staples.
- Lean ground beef - I always cook with lean ground beef. We purchase our ground beef from local, grass-fed cows, making it naturally leaner. If you can't find lean beef, then any ground beef will work. You'll just have more fat to drain off after it has finished cooking.
- Macaroni shells - I use medium-sized macaroni shells.
- Yellow onion - You'll need about one medium onion for this recipe. A yellow onion or a white onion would both work.
- Beef broth - I usually try to find low-sodium broths whenever I am cooking with broth or stock. This way, you have more control over the salt content. You can always add more salt to a recipe... but you can't take it away once it's in there!
- Cheddar cheese - I purchase pre-shredded cheddar to save myself some time!
- Heavy cream - Heavy cream is best for this recipe, and skim milk or low-fat milk will not work as substitutions.
- Ketchup - Ketchup is a must-have ingredient to bring out those cheeseburger flavors.
- Yellow mustard - Yellow mustard will give this cheeseburger macaroni the most authentic cheeseburger flavor. I wouldn't swap the yellow for a Dijon mustard or any other variety of mustard.
- Dill pickle relish - I chose a sweeter dill pickle relish.
- Olive oil - You'll need a little olive oil when you cook the onion and ground beef. Butter would work as well!
- Seasonings - You will need garlic powder, onion powder, black pepper, kosher salt, and Worcestershire sauce.
*See the recipe card for exact quantities.
- Large skillet with a lid and deep sides - I use my Lodge Cast Iron 3.6 Quart Braiser Casserole Dish.
- Cutting board and chopping knife
- Measuring cups and spoons
🔪How to make this Cheeseburger Pasta Skillet recipe
Step 1: Cook the ground beef and diced onion, until the onion is soft and the beef has cooked through. Once cooked, add the seasonings and the Worcestershire sauce.
Step 2: Pour the beef broth into the skillet and bring the broth to a boil over medium-high heat. Once boiling, add the macaroni shells. Turn the heat down to low, cover the skillet, and let the shells cook.
Step 3: Once the shells have cooked and most of the beef broth has been absorbed into the noodles, uncover the skillet and mix in the heavy cream, ketchup, mustard, and relish.
Step 4: Add your shredded cheddar cheese and mix until the cheese has melted and you have a nice creamy and cheesy sauce.
Step 5: Remove the cheeseburger pasta skillet from the heat, let cool for about 10 minutes, and enjoy!
I know that your whole family will love this recipe! Family-friendly recipes are what I specialize in, and this one-pot skillet meal is one of our favorites.
- Meat - You can substitute in ground turkey for the ground beef in this recipe.
- Broth - If needed, you can use chicken broth or vegetable broth in place of the beef broth.
- Add veggies - Try mixing in some canned diced tomatoes, diced red bell pepper, or fresh spinach.
- Different cheeses - I like the authentic flavor that a good cheddar cheese adds to this recipe. However, you could try adding pepper jack, Monterey jack, or Colby cheese.
- Different pasta shapes - Instead of a macaroni shell, you could use elbow macaroni noodles, farfalle, or rotini.
What to serve with
I like to serve my cheeseburger skillet with a fresh green vegetable side! Green beans, green salad, broccoli, and asparagus are all great options. You can garnish your finished pasta skillet with diced fresh parsley, crumbly-cooked bacon, or green onions.
Store leftovers in a sealed, airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.
Reheat in the microwave for 1 minute at a time, until the dish is warmed through again.
- For best results, choose "white" pasta for this recipe, made with refined wheat flour.
- There is very minimal prep time involved with this cheeseburger skillet recipe. Once you start cooking, the recipe steps actually move along pretty quickly. Make sure you have all of your ingredients out and ready to go!
- You may need to crack the lid on your skillet when the pasta is cooking. If it starts boiling over, then just crack the lid a little.
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