Cheeseburger Macaroni Skillet


Cheeseburgery Macaroni Skillet - 20 minutes, one pan, and dinner is done!

The second week of school and I am already tired of packing my sons lunch.  This is not a good sign.  He has seen my Instagram feed with all the pictures of fun and creative lunches that kids are getting.  And now, he wants that.  For the last year, he wanted the same thing in his lunch every, single, day.  This year, not only does he want to change it up (which is perfectly fine with me), he wants it to be fun and different most days.  I was at the store the other day and saw one of those divided tupperwear containers on sale, so I picked it up.  Now it is time to figure out what to put in it.  I am just not that creative early in the morning!

Cheeseburger Macaroni Skillet {Dinners, Dishes, and Desserts}

Yesterday I shared with you over 30 great back to school dinner ideas.  All recipes that are ready in less than 30 minutes, so they are perfect for busy weeknights.  Today I am here to share yet another quick and easy dinner idea.  It seems that most Americans grew up with Hamburger Helper being kind of a staple around the dinner table.  It isn’t hard to see why either.  Brown some ground beef; add noodles, a seasoning packet, and water; and let it simmer until done.  You really can’t get much easier than that.  But, you can get better tasting, and almost as easy!  Trust me, this is ready in the same amount of time, and you will feel so much better about feeding it to your family.

Cheeseburger Macaroni Skillet - quick and easy dinner for those busy weeknights

The same components in the box mix, make an appearance here.  The main difference is you have to measure the seasonings yourself, but this also means nothing fake is involved.  AND you get REAL CHEESE!!  A piping hot, meaty, creamy, cheesy supper the kids and grown ups will love, and only 20 minutes worth of work.  You will never go back to the box mix again!  Serve with fruit, a salad, roasted asparagus, or even basil garlic bread.  The leftovers were just as good the next day for lunch too!  I am sharing this recipe today at Food Fanatic as one of their resident Easy Dinner fanatics!

Cheeseburger Macaroni Skillet - a dinner the whole family will love, ready in just 20 minutes


  1. Comfort food in one pan?! Yes, please!

  2. The perfect quick and easy – and hearty! – dinner!

  3. This has to be a family favorite on your end. I know it would be on my end.

  4. I definitely need to make this recipe. I love the idea of homemade and not a box mix. Your recipe looks so delicious! Hugs, Terra

  5. This looks fantastic! I actually didn’t really have Hamburger Helper much as a kid, but this recipe is totally my style – quick and hearty – thanks for sharing it! My parents quickly grew tired of packing my lunches when I was a child as well…so from the age of 7, I was put in charge of making my own lunch! The lunches I made were pretty monotonous and uninspired, I’ll admit, but it certainly made me more appreciative of whatever my mom cooked for dinner :)

  6. This was great! We ran out of hamburger helper and needed a quick meal, my husband loved this! I loved how simple it was and not with a lot of crazy ingredients. Had everything I needed right at home! Thanks so much!

  7. I make a version of this during the winter months, it a staple in our house.

  8. I just made this tonight, delish! Definitely filled the nostalgic Hamburger Helper craving. My 3 year old and 4 year old both said they loved it, huge victory. The sauce ended up a bit on the thin side, I think I will scale back the liquid next time. Also I might try cooking a couple tablespoons of tomato paste in with the beef to give it just a bit more depth. Yum!

  9. My husband liked it but it was a little on the bland side. I’ll be making a batch of the basic dry HH mix and try it with that. I think kids would love this dish since its not complex on flavor but for adults, it needs something.


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