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One Skillet Cheeseburger Pasta

Author: Kristi


  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 pounds lean ground beef
  • 1 onion diced (roughly 2 cups)
  • 1/2 cup jalapeno diced (**optional, see note)
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 2 14.5 ounce cans diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 1 8-ounce can tomato sauce
  • 2 cups chicken broth or 1 14.5 ounce can
  • 1/4 cup spicy ketchup *see note
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 1 pound rotini pasta
  • 2 cups water
  • 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1 Roma tomato diced
  • 2 green onions sliced


  • Heat olive oil in a large stockpot or Dutch oven over medium high heat. Add ground beef, onions and jalapeno and cook until beef has browned, about 3-5 minutes, crumbling the beef as it cooks. Season with salt and pepper. Remove from heat and drain excess fat.
  • Stir in tomatoes, tomato sauce, chicken broth, ketchup, Dijon mustard, pasta and 2 cups of water. Bring to a boil; cover, then reduce heat and simmer until pasta is cooked through, about 13-16 minutes.
  • Remove from heat and stir in cheese.
  • Serve immediately, garnished with tomato and green onions, if desired.


*We used a spicy ketchup, but regular ketchup will do as well.
**We used 1/2 cup of diced jalapenos, because we like spicy. Feel free to omit them from this recipe.