Best Cheeseburger Pasta

Catalina Castravet
By Catalina Castravet
5 from 5 reviews

Beef Lunch Box Pasta Recipes

Cook time Cook time: 20 minutes

Cheeseburger Pasta is meaty and cheesy – everything you’ll love in a hearty dinner! This recipe is a cool take on the American classic for the entire family to enjoy!

We just love cheeseburgers! Inspired by it, we have brought you recipes for a casserole, sloppy joes, and soup. And the list goes on with the addition of this recipe.

Cheeseburger Pasta Recipe

Cheeseburger Pasta is a complete meal already with the protein coming from the bacon and beef, fiber from the vegetables, and carbs from the shells.

It is so hearty that you will no longer need anything else; just a cool beverage and simple dessert to serve it with perhaps. But other than that, you are all set for a great dinner!

With this easy recipe, you can easily feed a crowd. And it was just amazing how my guests loved it when I served it one time.

Though easy to make, this dish is never short on flavor. There are many ingredients but everything is easy to find. And each one contributes to one perfect savory dish!

What do you need to make Cheeseburger Pasta:

There are several ingredients in this incredible dish but the majority of which can already be found in your pantry. If not, then, add these to your grocery checklist:

  • large shells pasta
  • bacon
  • ground beef
  • yellow onion
  • garlic
  • paprika
  • dried parsley
  • Worcestershire sauce
  • red pepper flakes
  • salt
  • pepper
  • water
  • tomato sauce
  • cheddar cheese

To garnish, you need the following:

  • more cheese
  • pickles
  • parsley
  • fresh tomatoes

How do you make Cheeseburger Pasta:

  1. Cook the pasta: Simply follow the instructions on the package to make sure that it comes out al dente.
  2. Prepare the meat: In a pan, cook the bacon until crispy. Once done, remove excess fat, and then, chop it into pieces. Retain only about a tablespoon of bacon fat in the pan. In the same pan, brown in the ground beef. Remove any excessive fat. Add in the rest of the ingredients except for the tomato sauce and cheese.
  3. Combine: Once done, add in the shells, then, finish with the addition of tomato sauce, cheese, and crispy bacon bits.
  4. Serve: Garnish with more cheese, pickles, parsley, and tomatoes before serving.

Why do you need to drain beef grease?

Any excess fat is undesirable and not good for health. Hence, it is necessary to drain the grease especially if the ground meat you are using is not lean.

Unlike lean meat, regular and inexpensive ground beef is composed of about 30% fat by weight. This number is significantly reduced in ground lean meat so there is not much to drain if you are using this kind.

Remember that as you drain the grease, you are also draining away flavor. If you are to avoid this, use leaner meat but the downside is that it costs more.

What are the best pasta types to make Cheeseburger Pasta?

Any kind will do and it depends on your preference. But the recommended ones are those that can hold sauces well like the large shells used in this recipe. Good alternatives would be penne, elbow macaroni, and rotini.

How to Store leftovers:

If you plan to make it in advance, store the sauce and pasta separately.

  • Sauce: Leftovers can be refrigerated for 3 to 4 days stored in airtight containers. If you freeze it properly, it can stay good for up to 4 or 6 months.
  • Pasta: Refrigerate in airtight containers for 3 to 5 days. If you are to freeze it, drizzle some oil first and toss to prevent it from sticking. Put leftovers in freeze-proof containers and store for up to 2 weeks.
  • To reheat: Simply reheat the sauce in a pan, and once simmering, you can add in the pasta.

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Recipe Tips:

  • Feel free to make this into a casserole. Here is the casserole recipe link
  • Instead of plain water, you can put in chicken broth or beef broth for a more intense flavor.
  • To drain the excess grease from the meat, gather the meat in one side of the pan, and then, tilt. Let the grease flow to the other side and collect with a spoon. Then, dab the area with a paper towel to remove those that stuck to the pan. Be careful when you do this though.
  • You can turn this into a one-pot dish. When you make the sauce in the Dutch oven, add in the raw pasta until everything cooks. Just add more water or broth in increments of 1/2 cup if it seems too dry.
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5 from 5 reviews

Best Cheeseburger Pasta

Cheeseburger Pasta is meaty and cheesy - everything you'll love in a hearty dinner! This recipe is a cool take on the American classic for the entire family to enjoy!

Author: Catalina Castravet Serves: 6 servings
Prep time: 10 minutes Cook time: 20 minutes Total time: 30 mins



Nutrition information

Calories: 560 Carbohydrates: 34 Protein: 30 Fat: 33 Saturated Fat: 12 Cholesterol: 84 Sodium: 718 Potassium: 578 Fiber: 2 Sugar: 4 Vitamin A: 512 Vitamin C: 5 Calcium: 153 Iron: 3
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Melissa Chapman

This is an amazing meal and great for lunch the next day I love a one pot meal that can be reheated the next day. It helps to keep it lean and drain the grease.



That looks AH-mazing! Any time you can combine pasta, cheese, and beef, you should. My family is going to love this.


Brianne Tursi Manz

What a fantastic meal idea! This will have to be added to our dinner plans soon! This looks so delicious.


Tara Pittman

This would be a meal that my boys would like. They like pasta and cheese.



This recipe looks so good. I'm going to save this so I can try it out later. I love making pasta like this. I can't wait to be able to try it.



This looks really delicious! IT's a hearty dish with a lot of flavor that my family would love.


Amy Desrosiers

My kids love when I make cheeseburger casserole pasta! This recipe is a bit fancier than mine, but looks equally as good.



Give me all the pasta! What an easy and yummy meal. My kids are obsessed with Cheeseburgers. This is going to be a winner recipe.



These are two of my families favorite things, all rolled into one. I wish I would have thought to make this sooner!



My family will love this, especially my son. I have been wanting to change up my dinner menu.



My family would love this one too! YUM~!


Ruth I

My mouth is starting to water already and I haven't even smelled it. I think this is a fantastic recipe to try. I would risk my diet just to get a hold of this.


Claudia Krusch

All awesome ingredients my family loves! I can't wait to try your recipe! I know my son is going to ask for more!


Krystel | Frugal Living

I love the idea of this with shell pasta. Looks delicious


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