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One Pan Cheeseburger Pasta

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There’s nothing better than a one pot wonder that everyone loves. Check out this One Pan Cheeseburger Pasta for dinner tonight. These hamburger helper style meals are easy and everyone loves them!

one pan cheeseburger pasta

One pot wonders are my very favorite because I freaking HATE washing dishes. This one had me at hello because my kids scarfed this cheeseburger pasta down and begged for more. I love seeing them eating well. And because I made it myself, I know what’s in it. And I love Cheap Lunch Ideas for Daycare.

Pasta recipes for picky eaters

Pasta is a great option for kids as it’s easy to make and can be served with a variety of sauces and toppings. I like to toss different vegetables in there sometimes depending on what kids I have and what their preferences are. This dish is on our picky eater food list too. After 28 years of running a home daycare, I’ve seen all kinds of eaters, and I know how to feed the pickiest at least something. Here are more ideas for dinner that might work with picky eaters.

If I have all veggie haters, I add a cup or two of my frozen pumpkin puree and call it a day. They never know it’s there and it doesn’t change the flavor, but I know I’m adding nutrients.

If I don’t have to hide the veggies, I love a bag of frozen peas or broccoli. Or whatever the kids I’m feeding like. You can do you when it comes to choosing. But I’m a professional picky eater feeder, so I know what’s up with who is here at the time. It’s the perfect easy dinner idea, or lunch, or whenever.

Easy dinner ideas are my jam. I have a pocket full of them and I’m trying to get as many as I can shared on the blog because we gotta stick together and I know they can help my sisters out. Am I right? Easy dinner ideas with pasta are the best because kids love anything with pasta! It’s quick to cook too, and I love a dinner that takes less than 30 minutes to put together, don’t you?

If you are looking for inspiration for great meal ideas for young kids, check out this collection of Daycare Lunches for toddlers and preschoolers (even the picky ones!). Easy, simple, and tasty enough for the whole family to enjoy!

ingredients for one pan cheeseburger pasta

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4.50 from 4 votes

One Pan Cheeseburger Pasta Recipe

Quick and easy cheeseburger mac recipe that picky eaters love.
Prep Time10 minutes
Cook Time15 minutes
Total Time25 minutes
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: cheeseburger mac, cheeseburger pasta, homemade hamburger helper, one pan cheeseburger pasta, one pot wonder
Servings: 4
Calories: 963kcal
Author: Christina


  • 8 oz Cream Cheese
  • 2 cups Shredded Cheddar Cheese
  • 1 lb Ground Beef
  • 2 cups Milk
  • 1 Tbs Garlic
  • 1 Tsp Salt
  • 1/2 Tsp Pepper
  • 1 Tsp Paprika
  • 1 Tsp Onion Powder
  • 3 Cups Pasta Noodles


  • Cook the pasta according to pacakage instructions. Drain and set aside.
  • Brown the ground beef in a large pan over medium heat.
  • Drain the grease and add the garlic, salt, pepper, paprika, and onion powder.
  • Stir.
  • Pour in the 2 cups of milk.
  • Add the cream cheese and noodles.
  • Mix well and then cover for about five minutes while cooking on medium heat.
  • Remove the lid and stir really well.
  • Mix in the cheddar cheese.
  • Keep stirring while the noddles soften and the sauce thickens to your liking. About 8-10 minutes.


Calories: 963kcal | Carbohydrates: 45g | Protein: 46g | Fat: 66g | Saturated Fat: 33g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 3g | Monounsaturated Fat: 20g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 209mg | Sodium: 1546mg | Potassium: 732mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 9g | Vitamin A: 1772IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 642mg | Iron: 3mg

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  1. 3 stars
    Taste is good but the pasta just would not soften and I left it on past the recommended time. Maybe needs more milk? Or needs to be al dente boiled prior to adding into the beef/cheese mixture?

    1. Hi Sarah, I totally missed adding that step, I’m so sorry. I’ll add that to the recipe. Thank you for pointing it out. And thanks for giving it a try!

  2. 5 stars
    Love the adding the of the pumpkin and they dont know so it making it more substantial and go farther.