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Cheesy Hamburger Pasta Skillet. A quick and tasty one skillet recipe that is done in less than 30 minutes. Gluten-free or with gluten. BoulderLocavore.com

Cheesy Hamburger and Pasta Skillet

This recipe could not be easier and is ready in less than 30 minutes. Cheesy, flavorful and filling, it's a perfect weeknight recipe.
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 6 Serves 6-8
Calories 513kcal
Author Toni Dash


  • 1 tablespoon Olive Oil
  • 1 pound Lean Ground Beef
  • ½ medium Yellow Onion , peeled and chopped
  • 2 medium Garlic Cloves , peeled and chopped
  • 2 teaspoons Sweet Paprika
  • 2 teaspoons Cornstarch
  • .5 teaspoon Kosher Salt
  • A grind of fresh Black Pepper
  • 1 cup Low Sodium Chicken Broth
  • 2 cups Milk
  • 1 15-ounce can Tomato Sauce
  • 2 cups Elbow Pasta (I used gluten-free Brown Rice Tinkyada pasta; see note for gluten options)
  • 2 cups Sharp Cheddar Cheese , shredded


  • Heat the olive oil in a large skillet (with lid) over medium-high heat. When the oil is shimmering on the surface add the onion and garlic; sauté until the onion begins to become translucent (3-4 minutes).
  • Add the ground beef and cook until no pink color remains; break up into small pieces as it cooks. Drain and excess fat.
  • Sprinkle the spices over the meat and add the chicken broth, milk, tomato sauce and pasta. Bring to a boil, stirring to combine. Once at a boil, lower heat to medium-low (simmering) and cover with the lid. Allow to cook 15 minutes, (stirring periodically to prevent sticking) or until the pasta is tender and almost done.
  • Stir in the cheese, and allow to sit for 5 minutes for the sauce to thicken before serving.


Calories: 513kcal | Carbohydrates: 41g | Protein: 35g | Fat: 22g | Saturated Fat: 11g | Cholesterol: 94mg | Sodium: 529mg | Potassium: 572mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 840IU | Vitamin C: 0.7mg | Calcium: 382mg | Iron: 2.9mg