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Skinny One Pot Cheeseburger Pasta Skillet

A comfort food favorite - lean ground beef, chicken broth, tomatoes, macaroni and cheese combine for an easy healthy one pot dinner the entire family will love. It's like hamburger helper only better because it is homemade!
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time30 mins
Servings: 6
Calories: 350
Author: Martha McKinnon | Simple Nourished Living


  • 1 pound 95% lean ground beef
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 3 cups low sodium chicken broth
  • 14.5 ounces canned diced tomatoes
  • 8 ounces elbow macaroni
  • 6 ounces (1-1/2 cups) shredded low-fat cheddar cheese
  • 2 scallions, thinly sliced


  • Lightly coat a large nonstick skillet with cooking spray and set over medium-high heat until hot.
  • Add the beef and cook, breaking into smaller pieces with a wooden spoon, until browned, 5 to 7 minutes. Stir in the garlic powder and smoked paprika and cook for 30 seconds or so.
  • Add the chicken broth, tomatoes, macaroni, and 1/2 teaspoon salt and bring to a simmer. Cook, stirring often, until the macaroni is tender and the sauce has thickened, 10 to 15 minutes.
  • Remove skillet from the heat and stir in the cheese until well blended and melted.
  • Divide mixture evenly among six plates or bowls. Sprinkle with scallions.

Recipe Notes

No ground beef? Substitute ground turkey or chicken or chicken/turkey sausage.
Vegetarian? Substitute ground beef with vegetarian crumbles, cooked lentils or beans and vegetable broth for the chicken broth.
No smoked paprika?
Substitute regular sweet paprika or mild chile powder or skip it altogether.
Spicier? Replace the can of diced tomatoes with a can of zesty fire-roasted ones with diced chiles.
More veg? Add chopped zucchini, cauliflower or corn in step 2 of the recipe instructions. Or add chopped onions and/or bell peppers to the ground beef in step 1.
No elbow pasta? Use whatever small cut of pasta you prefer and have on hand, such as shells, fusilli or penne.
Serving size: 1 cup
7 *SmartPoints (Green plan)
7 *SmartPoints (Blue plan)
7 *SmartPoints (Purple plan)
9 *PointsPlus (Old plan)
Nutrition Facts
Skinny One Pot Cheeseburger Pasta Skillet
Amount Per Serving (1 cup)
Calories 350 Calories from Fat 72
% Daily Value*
Fat 8g12%
Carbohydrates 34g11%
Fiber 3g12%
Protein 30g60%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: 30 minute pasta dinner, cheeseburger pasta skillet, pasta skillet