5 from 8 votes
One of our go-to dinner recipes when we are in the throes of busy school schedules and extracurricular activities and I haven't planned ahead is this Homemade Hamburger Helper Cheeseburger Pasta Skillet made with browned ground beef, shredded cheddar cheese, and cavatappi or macaroni noodles.  It's may not be fancy, but it's always easy, satisfying, and a hit with my family!
Cheeseburger Macaroni Skillet
Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
10 mins
Total Time
15 mins
 

One of our go-to dinner recipes when we are in the throes of busy school schedules and extracurricular activities and I haven't planned ahead is this Homemade Hamburger Helper Cheeseburger Pasta Skillet made with browned ground beef, shredded cheddar cheese, and cavatappi or macaroni noodles.  It's may not be fancy, but it's always easy, satisfying, and a hit with my family!

Course: Dinner, Main Course, pasta
Cuisine: American
Keyword: hamburger helper, one pot, skillet meal
Servings: 6 people
Calories: 470 kcal
Ingredients
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 1 tablespoon paprika
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons onion powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 2 cups hot water
  • 1 1/2 cups milk
  • 2 cups dry cavatappi pasta or macaroni noodles
  • 2 cups grated cheddar cheese
Instructions
  1. Heat a large skillet over medium high heat, then add the ground beef and break it up, cooking and stirring until the meat is no longer pink.  Drain any remaining fat in the pan.

  2. Sprinkle the cornstarch, paprika, garlic powder, onion powder, salt, sugar, and pepper over the browned meat and stir well to evenly distribute the spices.  Add the hot water, milk, and pasta, then bring to a boil.  Cover with a lid, reduce heat and simmer for 8-11 minutes, or until the pasta is al dente.

  3. Sprinkle the grated cheddar cheese over the cooked pasta and stir until melted into the sauce.  Remove from the heat, and let stand for a few minutes until the sauce thickens a bit.  Garnish with freshly chopped parsley, if desired, then serve.

Recipe Notes

Recipe adapted from Dinners, Dishes, and Desserts.

Nutrition Facts
Cheeseburger Macaroni Skillet
Amount Per Serving
Calories 470 Calories from Fat 270
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 30g 46%
Saturated Fat 14g 70%
Cholesterol 99mg 33%
Sodium 899mg 37%
Potassium 401mg 11%
Total Carbohydrates 21g 7%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Sugars 4g
Protein 27g 54%
Vitamin A 21%
Calcium 36.5%
Iron 12.6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.