Skillet Cheeseburger Pasta is a one-pan wonder your family will love. It comes together in under a half hour and is loaded with flavor and protein. It’s your favorite cheeseburger macaroni from scratch!
You guys, this Skillet Cheeseburger Macaroni is something special. It’s easy, cheesy, creamy, hearty, fast, and just about anything else you want in a one-dish meal. Hurry and pin, print, save, or whatever else you need to do to keep this one in your list of go-to weeknight meals!
I really want to say this is a kid friendly dinner because it should be for most kids. However, my oldest was not impressed with the tomatoes, so it sort of ruined it for him. He did manage to pick out almost every single teeny bit of red stuff and enjoyed the rest, but if you have a tomato hater in your house, you might want to leave them out. The rest of us who know tomatoes are delicious really enjoyed it!
This easy cheeseburger pasta is like boxed Hamburger Helper but waaaaay better. The ingredient list might look a tad long, but it’s mostly spice cabinet and pantry staples that you probably have already. I promise this homemade version is worth the few extra ingredients you need versus the boxed stuff.
You can’t beat a dinner that’s ready in about 30 minutes and only uses one pot! We served this up with sugar snap peas and orange slices. What would you serve on the side? This recipe makes a lot of food, and it’s perfect leftover for lunches. Let me know if it’s a hit with your family too!
- 16 ounces ground turkey or beef
- 1/2 onion finely diced
- 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
- 3/4 teaspoon kosher salt
- freshly ground black pepper
- 1 teaspoon dried oregano
- 14 ounces petite diced tomatoes drained
- 2 cups chicken broth
- 2 cups water
- 2 1/2 cups uncooked macaroni
- 4 ounces cream cheese cut into 1” cubes
- 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese plus more for sprinkling on top if desired
Heat a deep 12″ skillet or a dutch oven over medium-high heat. Spray with cooking spray, and add ground meat, onion, garlic powder, salt, black pepper to taste, and oregano. Saute, crumbling meat as it cooks, until onions are tender and meat is cooked through. Drain and return to pan. (You may not need to drain if using very lean meat.)
Pour in chicken broth, water, tomatoes, and pasta. Bring to a boil, and cook as long as recommended on pasta package. Stir occasionally to make sure noodles cook evenly.
When pasta is done and most of liquid is absorbed, turn heat to medium. Stir in cream cheese and cheddar cheese until melted and creamy sauce has formed. Allow to stand for a few minutes to allow sauce to thicken up a bit before serving. Sprinkle cheddar cheese over individual servings if desired.
- Prep Time: 5
- Cook Time: 20
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