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Stovetop Cheeseburger Pasta

Cheeseburgers are delicious in any form, but I'm partial to this creamy pasta dish that seriously tastes just like the real thing. It's weeknight comfort in a bowl. —Tracy Avis, Peterborough, Ontario
  • Total Time
    Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
  • Makes
    8 servings


  • 1 package (16 ounces) penne pasta
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1/4 cup butter, cubed
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups 2% milk
  • 1-1/4 cups beef broth
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 3 teaspoons ground mustard
  • 2 cans (14-1/2 ounces each) diced tomatoes, drained
  • 4 green onions, chopped
  • 3 cups shredded Colby-Monterey Jack cheese, divided
  • 2/3 cup grated Parmesan cheese, divided


  • Cook pasta according to package directions; drain.
  • Meanwhile, in a Dutch oven, cook and crumble beef over medium heat until no longer pink, 5-7 minutes. Remove from pan with a slotted spoon; pour off drippings.
  • In same pan, melt butter over low heat; stir in flour until smooth. Cook and stir until lightly browned, 2-3 minutes (do not burn). Gradually whisk in milk, broth, Worcestershire sauce and mustard. Bring to a boil, stirring constantly; cook and stir until thickened, 1-2 minutes. Stir in tomatoes; return to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, covered, 5 minutes.
  • Stir in green onions, pasta and beef; heat through. Stir in half of the cheeses until melted. Sprinkle with remaining cheese; remove from heat. Let stand, covered, until melted.

Test Kitchen tips
  • For fun crunch and color, top with shredded iceberg lettuce just before serving. Feeling adventurous? Try topping with sliced pickles, too!
  • The Parmesan cheese seems a little out of character for a cheeseburger pasta, but, trust us, it adds a perfect punch of salty flavor.

  • Health Tip: Cut saturated fat by almost half: Use lean ground beef and only 2 cups Jack cheese and make the roux with 2 tablespoons butter and ¼ cup flour. Then, whisk the remaining flour into the broth before adding it to the pan.
    Nutrition Facts
    1-1/2 cups: 616 calories, 29g fat (17g saturated fat), 98mg cholesterol, 727mg sodium, 56g carbohydrate (7g sugars, 3g fiber), 33g protein.

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    • PrplMonky5
      Oct 3, 2020

      I cut this in half for just my husband and I, and also reduced the amount of cheese based off of others' reviews. It was definitely cheesy enough! I do think, though, that because I backed off the cheese, it was lacking on flavor. That isn't the recipe's fault, that's mine for altering it. We added some salt and topped it with dill pickles like suggested and it was delicious! Next time I'll do some garlic salt or something to punch it up. Overall a good solid meal that we'll be making again!

    • fredhubbard
      Sep 18, 2020

      Like greatest Mac and Cheese ever paired with Beef Stroganoff. I used Beyond Meat Ground Meat and it was wonderful.

    • Eileen
      Jun 10, 2020

      My family loves this, doesn’t need any salt or garlic in my opinion. I only used 2 cups of cheese, it was plenty. Very easy to make and delicious.

    • Jerry
      May 6, 2020

      Anyone complaining does not know how to cook in the first place. A good cook does not blindly follow a recipe and would know going in that 3 cups of cheese is too much. If you gradually added it you would know this. Salt and pepper, yes. It’s a mock Hamburger Helper, not Marzetti (green peppers, garlic ?????)

    • Jnnifer
      Mar 26, 2020

      Very tasty. Not sure what the other reviews are complaining about.

    • Annemarie
      Feb 4, 2020

      No comment left

    • Bevrs
      Jan 17, 2020

      I'm glad I read the other reviews before making this, but, even though I followed their advice and cut way back on the cheese, it was STILL too much cheese! (And I used dairy-free.) It was way too heavy, and it needed salt and pepper, and, frankly, a little garlic -- and more onion -- also a little green bell pepper might be nice. I asked hubby if I should try it again, with those changes, and he said, "don't bother". If we're hungry for a cheeseburger, we'll drive to Burger King.

    • d1yellow
      Oct 17, 2019

      Ok. Tasty. Too much cheese

    • amygattuso
      Oct 16, 2019

      Tasty and very easy

    • pajamaangel
      Sep 6, 2019

      Needs a lot more seasoning. All you taste is canned tomatoes.