Cheesy Hamburger Pasta

Cheesy Hamburger Pasta is a delightful and flavorful dish that’s perfect for lunch. Here’s how to make it:


  • 1 lb ground beef or ground turkey
  • 1 box of pasta
  • 1/2 onion, diced
  • 2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese (using block cheese is recommended for better melting)
  • Tomato paste
  • Worcestershire sauce
  • Minced garlic
  • Crushed red pepper flakes
  • Salt
  • Pepper


1. Prepare Pasta:

  • Start by boiling a large pot of water for the pasta. Once the water comes to a boil, add the pasta and cook it until it’s al dente. Be sure not to overcook it. Save about 1 1/2 cups of the pasta cooking water and set it aside.

2. Brown the Meat:

  • While the pasta is cooking, heat a large skillet over medium heat. Add the ground beef or turkey and diced onions to the skillet. Season with salt, pepper, and minced garlic to taste. Brown the meat, breaking it up into crumbles as it cooks.

3. Add Pasta Water:

  • Once the meat is browned, add about 1 1/2 cups of the saved pasta water to the skillet with the meat. You can add more if needed to create a flavorful and saucy base.

4. Tomato Paste and Worcestershire Sauce:

  • Stir in tomato paste to achieve the desired tomato flavor and Worcestershire sauce for a savory kick. Adjust the quantities to suit your taste.

5. Spice it Up:

  • Sprinkle crushed red pepper flakes to taste if you want a bit of heat. Be mindful that they can be quite spicy, so add them gradually until you reach your preferred level of spiciness.

6. Combine Pasta and Meat:

  • Once the pasta is done, strain it, and then add it to the skillet with the meat and sauce. Stir everything together to combine the flavors.

7. Add Cheese:

  • Incorporate 1 cup of the shredded mozzarella cheese into the pasta and meat mixture. Stir until the cheese is melted and coats the pasta evenly.

8. Top with More Cheese:

  • Sprinkle the remaining 1 cup of mozzarella cheese on top of the pasta and cover the skillet. Let it sit until the cheese is melted and gooey.

9. Serve:

  • Once the cheese is fully melted and incorporated, give the dish a good stir. It’s now ready to be served.

Enjoy your Cheesy Hamburger Pasta for a delicious and satisfying lunch. You can adjust the seasonings and cheese quantity to suit your taste. Feel free to add a side salad or some garlic bread to complete the meal.

Here are some more tips and variations to enhance your Cheesy Hamburger Pasta:

10. Fresh Herbs:

  • Add a touch of freshness to your dish by sprinkling chopped fresh herbs like parsley, basil, or chives on top just before serving.

11. Vegetable Additions:

  • Increase the nutritional value of your dish by including vegetables like diced bell peppers, sliced mushrooms, or spinach. Sauté these vegetables along with the meat and onions.

12. Multiple Cheeses:

  • Experiment with different cheeses or a cheese blend. Cheddar, Parmesan, or Monterey Jack can complement the mozzarella nicely.

13. Creaminess:

  • To make the dish even creamier, you can add a small amount of heavy cream or half-and-half when melting the cheese.

14. Custom Pasta:

  • Choose your favorite pasta shape for the dish. Rotini, penne, or farfalle can work just as well as traditional macaroni.

15. Spicier Version:

  • If you enjoy extra heat, add a pinch of cayenne pepper or more crushed red pepper flakes for a fiery kick.

16. Green Onions:

  • Thinly sliced green onions can be used as a flavorful garnish for added color and a mild onion flavor.

17. Crispy Bacon:

  • For extra texture and flavor, crisp up the bacon in the oven before adding it to the dish. It adds a satisfying crunch.

18. Leftovers:

  • Cheesy Hamburger Pasta makes for great leftovers. Reheat it for a quick and convenient meal the next day.

19. Custom Sauces:

  • Feel free to customize the sauce with your favorite condiments, like ketchup, barbecue sauce, or hot sauce, to create your own unique flavor.

20. Substituting Ground Meat:

  • Use ground chicken or ground pork instead of ground beef or turkey for a different flavor profile.

21. Sautéed Onions:

  • For a sweeter and caramelized onion flavor, sauté the onions separately until they’re golden brown before adding them to the dish.

22. Fresh Tomato:

  • Add fresh diced tomatoes for a burst of juiciness and a vibrant color.

These additional ideas should help you make your Cheesy Hamburger Pasta even more delicious and customized to your taste. Enjoy your meal!

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