Hamburger Macaroni Skillet is almost as easy as making hamburger pasta out of a box but with a homemade touch! If you love macaroni dishes as much as I do, try my varieties of mac and cheese, like French Onion Chicken Macaroni and Cheese or Buffalo Chicken Macaroni and Cheese.

Hamburger Macaroni Skillet

It’s tough to come home after a long day and try to think of something to make when you didn’t plan ahead…Ugh! To make something homemade seems even more daunting, but it doesn’t have to be! Instead of relying on a boxed dinner that has little nutritional value, I bet you have some hamburger and cheese that you can throw together with some pasta for something that your whole family will love! Add a side of Roasted Parmesan Green Beans for a well-rounded and colorful meal!

Spoonful of Cheesy Hamburger Macaroni Skillet

Ingredients & Substitutions

Pasta: Although I use cavatappi pasta for this recipe (because I love the shape), any pasta would do. You could even make homemade pasta to use!

Meat: I love ground beef in this recipe. But, you could substitute ground turkey or use a combination of the two.

Paprika: If you want a smokier flavor to this dish, try smoked paprika instead of the regular. It definitely gives it that smokey flavor! You will also need kosher salt, garlic salt, onion powder, pepper, and red pepper flakes (which give the beef a little bit of a kick, but not too much).

Steps for Making Hamburger Macaroni Skillet

What to Serve with Hamburger Macaroni Skillet

Hamburger Macaroni Skillet is a hearty meal, but it’s nice to pair a starchier meal like this with a refreshing side dish, like a salad. A Wedge Salad is always a fun side dish to serve. I also love to have some homemade bread to serve with a pasta dish. I have homemade breadsticks that are easy to make, as well as Amish Potato Dinner Rolls.

Overhead Skillet of Hamburger Macaroni

How To Store Hamburger Macaroni Skillet

Once cooled to room temperature, store the hamburger macaroni skillet in an airtight container in the refrigerator. It will last up to 2-3 days. Reheat it in the microwave or on the stovetop.

Bowl of Hamburger Macaroni Skillet

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5 from 10 votes

Hamburger Macaroni Skillet

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Hamburger Macaroni Skillet is a simple, but tasty, homemade dinner that is ready in a matter of minutes!


  • 1 ½ pounds ground beef
  • 2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 1 tablespoon paprika
  • 1 teaspoon garlic salt
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon fresh ground black pepper
  • ¼ teaspoon crushed red pepper
  • 1 cup beef broth
  • 1 ½ cups whole milk
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1 pound cavatappi pasta, cooked al dente to package instructions
  • 3 cups cheddar cheese, shredded
  • 1 tablespoon parsley, chopped for garnish


  • In a large skillet over medium-high heat, add ground beef and cook until it is no longer pink.
  • To the beef, add salt, paprika, garlic salt, onion powder, black pepper, and red pepper flakes. Stir to fully incorporate all of the seasonings.
  • To a medium bowl add beef broth, milk, and cornstarch. Whisk together until smooth.
  • Pour mixture into ground beef, stir to incorporate completely. Bring mixture to a boil, stirring occasionally, until it thickens.
  • Add in cooked pasta and shredded cheese.
  • Garnish with freshly chopped parsley.

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Reader Comments

  1. 5 stars
    Delicious and quick! Hit the spot on this cooler day we’re having, and my horribly picky 4-year-old gave it a thumbs up, which is momentous. 🙂 Thank you!

  2. 5 stars
    I just made this and it came out really nice. It was so easy to make. I may not have used as much of the crushed red pepper as I should have so mine came out a little bland. I have picky eaters so I was being gentle with the spice. I will kick it up a notch next time I make this. All and all a great recipe to have on hand! Thanks for sharing.

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