Skillet Cheeseburger Macaroni and Cheese recipe @bestrecipebox

Skillet Cheeseburger Mac and Cheese

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 8 servings
Calories: 448 kcal
Macaroni cooks the quickest, especially if you're using the small macaroni. If you're using different pasta like rotini or penne, cooking time will be longer. And extra salt and pepper really brings out the flavors!


  • 1 pound macaroni
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil (or as needed depending on the leanness of your beef)
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 medium onion , chopped (or 1 teaspoon onion powder)
  • 3-4 cloves garlic , minced (or 1 teaspoon garlic powder)
  • 15 ounces tomato sauce
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 teaspoon salt , or more to taste
  • fresh cracked black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 2-3 cups shredded cheddar cheese , depending on your preferred cheesiness
  • minced parsley for topping , optional


  1. Cook macaroni to package instructions, drain, then set aside.
  2. Heat large skillet on medium-high heat. Add oil and then add beef. Break up beed and cook until nearly cooked through, about 3 minutes. Then add onions and garlic and cook until onions and garlic are softened, about 2 minutes. Drain any excess fat if needed.
  3. Add tomato sauce, milk, salt, pepper and sugar. Bring beef to a low simmer for about 3 minutes for all the flavors to combine. Taste the beef sauce and add any additional seasonings if needed.
  4. Fold in the pasta and then add the cheese a little at a time until everything combines and cheese melts. Add additional cheese on top if you want and minced parsley.
  5. Serve warm.