Cheeseburger Macaroni Skillet

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Quick skillet meals like this easy cheeseburger macaroni skillet, are my favorite meals to make right now. I’ve always cooked often, but with my kids at home full time lately, it seems I’m in the kitchen more than ever. On the daily I’m wearing all the hats: mom, teacher, counselor, p.e. coach, janitor, and cafeteria lady!

I’ve been depending heavily on my small hoard of fast, simple dinner recipes to get us through the week, and this cheeseburger macaroni skillet is one of our all-time favorite dishes. There are always smiles (0% moaning and groaning is always welcome here!) when I announce this dish is what’s for dinner! As an added bonus, there are rarely leftovers between the four of us, and I’ll never complain about not having to dirty another dish.

This satisfying, classic meal comes together in just minutes using only a handful of ingredients. I like to serve this with a side of buttery veggies and either fresh-baked cornbread or biscuits. I hope you all enjoy this quick and easy supper too.

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Cheeseburger Macaroni Skillet

Recipe by Marcelle at A Little Fish in the Kitchen Course: DinnerCuisine: AmericanDifficulty: Easy


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This tasty homemade cheeseburger macaroni skillet comes together in just minutes and is packed with comforting flavors. This


  • 1 pound ground turkey or lean ground beef

  • 8 ounces uncooked elbow macaroni
    or other small pasta (ex. mini penne or rotini)

  • 3 cups beef broth or 3 cups water with
    appropriate amount of beef bouillion

  • 3 tablespoons ketchup

  • 1 teaspoon prepared yellow mustard
    (I used French’s brand)

  • 3/4 milk

  • 1 – 2 teaspooon Worchestershire sauce

  • 1 teaspoon paprika

  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper

  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder

  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder

  • 1/2 teaspoon dried parsley

  • 1 cup shredded mild or sharp cheddar cheese


  • In a large skillet, brown the ground meat until it is no longer pink. Once the meat is browned, drain the meat if the drippings are excessive.
  • Stir in the uncooked pasta, broth, milk, dry seasonings, ketchup, mustard, and Worcestershire sauce. Bring the liquid to a boil and then reduce to a simmer.
  • Cook, uncovered, for 10-15 minutes or until the pasta is tender. Stir in the shredded cheese and mix well. Remove pan from the heat and allow the cheeseburger macaroni to cool on a rack for about 10 minutes. Sauce will thicken more as it cools.
  • Serve with a side of veggies and cornbread or biscuits. Enjoy!

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  1. Such a heart and satisfying dish. Something ai havenโ€™t made in years. Thanks for the reminder and also for sharing at Love Your Creativity.

  2. Shared! This is AWESOME stuff! Thank you!

  3. a staple for us, for sure! ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. I haven’t had a dish like this in a lifetime or two! Was fantastic comfort food!

  5. I can see why there would be no leftovers or complaints when you make this dish. My hat is off to you for all the jobs you have taken on. ๐Ÿ˜

  6. I bet the kids and Evan love that! The other night, when I was sleepless, I was going through YouTube videos and what should I find? You! Making homemade saltine crackersโ€ฆ That recipe is on my list for the week, as we are running low on crackers and I donโ€™t want to go shopping. It was fun seeing your face pop up on my screen.

  7. What a fun dish! Easy, tasty, comforting. We need all three at the moment, particularly the comfort part. ๐Ÿ™‚ Good stuff — thanks.

  8. That looks super duper comforting and tasty. I believe it’s going to be one of our favourites too. Thanks for sharing, Marcelle.

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