Easy Cheeseburger Pasta Skillet

This super Easy Cheeseburger Pasta Skillet is filled with seasoned ground beef and tender pasta in a cheesy savory sauce. Perfect for an easy weeknight dinner!

This super easy Cheeseburger Pasta Skillet is filled with seasoned ground beef and tender pasta in a cheesy savory sauce. Perfect for an easy weeknight dinner!pinterestI’m back with another instant ONE PAN winner of a dinner! My whole family gobbled up this super quick ground beef dinner. Even my pickiest eater came back for seconds!

Easy Cheeseburger Pasta Skillet Recipe:

  • Start by browning a pound of ground beef in a skillet with some diced onion and garlic powder.
  • Once browned and crumbled, drain any fat and return skillet to the stove top.
  • Stir in some flour and paprika until thick, then gradually whisk in some beef broth and milk.
  • Add in the uncooked noodles (yup, even the noodles get cooked in the same pan!), and bring the mixture to a boil.
  • Cover the pan, but leave it slightly ajar to allow steam to escape and cook on a simmer until the noodles are tender.

Brown the ground beef and then whisk in some flour and paprika until thickened.

Homemade Cheeseburger Helper

This recipe is a knock off of those box mixes that all you have to do is add ground beef to. Only this recipe is filled with SO MUCH more flavor, uses real ingredients and tastes AMAZING!

I also have a knock off Ground Beef Stroganoff that you should definitely check out if you haven’t made that one already!

Super simple COPY CAT Cheeseburger Pasta Skillet! The noodles get cooked right in the same pan as everything else!

Cheeseburger Pasta Recipe Tips and Variations:

  • This recipe calls for dried rotini pasta, but you can use any type of small pasta like macaroni, shells, etc.
  • I use a sharp cheddar cheese at the end, but you can substitute in mild cheddar or colby-jack cheese.
  • Try using ground turkey in place of the ground beef!
  • Make sure the mixture comes to a boil after you add the pasta, THEN reduce the heat to a simmer and allow the pasta to get tender.

Once the pasta is tender add in the cheese and stir until it's fully incorporated into the sauce! An easy weeknight dinner that the whole family will love!

This cheesy hamburger pasta skillet is creamy, saucy and filling!

Watch Video on How To Make Cheeseburger Pasta

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YUM!! This super easy Cheeseburger Pasta Skillet is just like hamburger helper, but homemade and SO MUCH BETTER!

I know your family is going to LOVE this super easy dinner recipe!


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YUM!! This super easy Cheeseburger Pasta Skillet is just like hamburger helper, but homemade and SO MUCH BETTER!
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Easy Cheeseburger Pasta Skillet

This super easy Cheeseburger Pasta Skillet is filled with seasoned ground beef and tender pasta in a cheesy sauce ALL made in just ONE PAN!
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time25 mins
Total Time30 mins
Course: Main Dish
Cuisine: American
Servings: 6
Calories: 394 kcal
Author: Shawn


  • 1/2 onion, diced
  • 1 lb. lean ground beef
  • 2 tsp garlic powder
  • 3 tbsp flour
  • 1 tbsp paprika
  • ¼ cup dry sherry, or beef broth
  • 3 cups low sodium beef broth
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 2 cups dry rotini noodles
  • 2 cups shredded sharp cheddar cheese


  • Add the ground beef, onion and garlic powder and cook until ground beef is broken up and cooked through. Drain any fat and return skillet to stove top.
  • Stir in the flour and paprika until thick, about 1 to 2 minutes. Splash the dry sherry into the pan and stir, scraping any browned bits from the bottom of the pan, cooking until dry sherry is evaporated.
  • Gradually stir in the beef broth, milk, salt and pepper. Bring mixture to a boil and add the dried pasta. Reduce heat to a simmer and cover, leaving the lid slightly ajar. Stir occasionally until noodles are tender, about 18 minutes. Stir in the cheese until incorporated into the sauce. Top with freshly chopped parsley. Serve warm and enjoy!


Calories: 394kcal | Carbohydrates: 23g | Protein: 32g | Fat: 18g | Saturated Fat: 10g | Cholesterol: 90mg | Sodium: 1106mg | Potassium: 695mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 1002IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 333mg | Iron: 3mg
Keywords: Cheeseburger Helper, Cheesy, Ground Beef, Pasta
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YUM!! This super easy Cheeseburger Pasta Skillet is just like hamburger helper, but homemade and SO MUCH BETTER!

About the author

Shawn is the Owner and Creator of I Wash You Dry. She loves to create and share simple, family-friendly recipes. Mom to 5 adorable children and dwells in the desert of Southern Utah.
22 Responses
  1. Courtney

    This recipe is seriously so great! I’ve never commented on a recipe before, that’s how good this was! I’ve been searching for a recipe that replicates how hamburger helper cheeseburger macaroni used to taste before they changed the recipe for the worse and this is it! Thank you!!

  2. GrandTina

    5 stars
    Just made this recipe. I never made the box stuff, I’m a from scratch baker.
    I live in Egypt so used chicken broth for the sherry and broth. I had an open box of penne so used that up.
    This is really good. I love one pan cooking. This is my first of your recipes so I’ll be checking out more and your CookBook, too.
    Thank you Shawn for sharing!

    1. Shawn

      It looks right to me, but everyone has different levels of salt that they prefer. Also, make sure you’re using low sodium beef broth and garlic POWDER, not garlic salt. If you still feel like it’s too salty for you, then you can definitely reduce it and season to taste!

  3. Michelle

    5 stars
    I am really enjoying many of your skillet recipes! My 18 month old devoured this recipe (I used macaroni shells for easier eating). He also enjoys the stuffed pepper skillet! I’ve been feeding him your ground beef stroganoff recipe since he was 9 months old and it’s my go to for when he’s teething. Thank you so much for your awesome recipes!

  4. Marshall Bjorge

    I cannot rate this because I haven’t made it yet. Just to comment, why no vegetable addition? I bet peas and carrots would be a great addition. When I make this I am going to add them for a complete 1 skillet meal.

  5. Judith Ann Jaques

    I made this recipe last night. Thanks for the recipe. Today to change up the leftovers I added cooked green peppers and celery. I put it all, in a 9×9 baking pan topped it with buttered italian bread crumbs.. Baked it for 25 min at 350. Next time I will add cooked crisp bacon to the breadcrumbs.

  6. georgia kula

    Shawn, do you have or considered a regular cookbook of your wonderful recipes because I would be the first to purchase a copy! I’m older and don’t have a printer; it would be really nice for me to have these recipes in my hands the old fashioned way!!
    Thanks; God Bless,
    Georgia Kula

    1. Shawn

      Hi Georgia, Actually, I do have a cook book available on Amazon. “Express Lane Cooking” features 80 recipes for quick meals. I’m glad you are enjoying the recipes!

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Hi, I’m Shawn and I’m a busy mom of five; pretending to live on a budget. I love to cook, and explore new recipes, but they have to be quick and easy with as few dishes as possible.

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