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4.82 from 32 votes

Skillet Cheeseburger Pasta

Skillet Cheeseburger Pasta is a fast and easy "from scratch" version of the classic hamburger helper boxed dinner. 
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time25 mins
Total Time35 mins
Total Cost: $7.19 recipe / $1.80 serving
Servings: 4
Author: Beth M


  • 1 yellow onion $0.16
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil $0.16
  • 1/2 lb. lean ground beef $3.84
  • 2 Tbsp all-purpose flour $0.02
  • 8 oz. can tomato sauce $0.69
  • 2 cups beef broth $0.26
  • 1/2 lb. pasta shells, uncooked $0.50
  • 4 oz. shredded sharp cheddar $1.20
  • 2 Tbsp hot dog relish $0.16
  • 2 green onions, sliced (optional) $0.20


  • Finely dice the onion. Add the olive oil, onion, and ground beef to a large deep skillet and sauté over medium heat until the beef is fully browned and the onion is soft and transparent. Drain off any excess fat, if needed.
  • Add the flour to the skillet and continue to stir and cook for one minute more. The flour will form a paste that may coat the bottom of the skillet. Be careful not to let the flour burn.
  • Add the tomato sauce, broth, and pasta to the skillet. Stir to combine the ingredients and dissolve any of the flour off the bottom of the skillet.
  • Place a lid on the skillet, turn the heat up to medium-high, and let the liquid come up to a boil. Once it reaches a boil, give it a quick stir, replace the lid, and turn the heat down to medium-low. Let the pasta simmer, stirring occasionally, for 10-12 minutes, or until the pasta is tender and the sauce has thickened. Turn the heat off.
  • Add the cheddar, a handful at a time, and stir until it has melted into the sauce. Stir the hot dog relish into the sauce and then top with sliced green onions. Serve hot.