This one-pot Cheeseburger Skillet Casserole is just like that boxed cheeseburger macaroni we all loved as kids, but only better because it is homemade. It’s an easy and delicious budget-friendly dinner idea.
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During my college days, I was the designated cook of our apartment. Of course, I happily volunteered for that job. Total no-brainer because I loved to cook. My roommates were pretty cool. We all got along so well and always split the grocery bill up equally. There were times though, that school was hectic and we needed a quick meal option. That’s when I first tried Hamburger Helper. We loved it. It was our go-to quick college meal on a budget.
But, little did I know in my younger college-age days how unhealthy it was for you. Did you ever read the nutritional information on the box? Anyway, once my 20-something self realized just how unhealthy it was, I stopped buying it. But I always craved it.
So, fast forward to married life. The time when I really broadened my culinary horizons and started experimenting with different foods and recipes. But I was still craving the Hamburger Helper that I refused to buy. I needed a solution to solve this craving so I created my own version that is even more delicious and much better for you.
I call this Cheeseburger Skillet Casserole even though it is not baked in the oven. This recipe gets bonus points for being a one-pot meal. One-pot meals are a real time saver in the kitchen. Less mess to wash is A-OK in my book. This hearty meal makes a lot too. I love a good macaroni dish and this one is my family’s favorite.
As a cheese lover, this dish really satisfies. As a beef lover, this dish really satisfies. As a pasta lover, this dish …..well, you get the picture. It’s good. Like, REALLY good!
- 1 lb. lean ground beef
- 3/4 cup onion, chopped
- 2 teaspoons dried parsley
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1 teaspoon paprika
- 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
- 1 tablespoon oil
- Salt & Pepper, to taste
- 1 cup milk
- 1 1/2 cup beef broth
- 15 ounce can diced tomatoes, undrained
- 2 cups uncooked macaroni
- 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
- Heat a large skillet with oil over medium high heat. Add ground beef, onions and seasoning. Cook until ground beef is browned. Drain excess grease if needed.
- Stir in tomatoes, milk, beef broth and uncooked macaroni. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low. Cover and cook 15-20 minutes on low until pasta is tender and liquid is evapoated.
- Stir in cheddar cheese just before serving.
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