One Pot Cheeseburger Casserole

All the flavors of a cheeseburger in cheesy pasta form made in one skillet in less than 30 minutes - even the pasta gets cooked right in the pan!

One Pot Cheeseburger Casserole - This cheesy goodness comes together so easily in one skillet. Even the pasta gets cooked right in the pan!

With a very cloudy day today, I decided to take the day off and unplug from everything. Jason and I took a stroll to Berkeley, had an amazing brunch together, and walked around the little boutique stores window shopping. I forget how refreshing it is to take a break from time to time, especially when you’re buried in your own work 24/7. The perks of being your own boss, right?

One Pot Cheeseburger Casserole - This cheesy goodness comes together so easily in one skillet. Even the pasta gets cooked right in the pan!

One Pot Cheeseburger Casserole - This cheesy goodness comes together so easily in one skillet. Even the pasta gets cooked right in the pan!

One Pot Cheeseburger Casserole - This cheesy goodness comes together so easily in one skillet. Even the pasta gets cooked right in the pan!

One Pot Cheeseburger Casserole - This cheesy goodness comes together so easily in one skillet. Even the pasta gets cooked right in the pan!

But now that my lazy day is over, I really need to share this pasta skillet. See, after I made that one pot andouille sausage skillet pasta, I’ve been somewhat addicted to these easy one pot meals. After all, I’d do anything for less dirty dishes in the sink!

One Pot Cheeseburger Casserole - This cheesy goodness comes together so easily in one skillet. Even the pasta gets cooked right in the pan!

Now if you’re a cheeseburger lover like me, you’ll love this pasta skillet. It’s all the flavors of a cheeseburger in pasta form with crumbled ground beef, melted cheddar cheese and fresh tomatoes. You can even go further and top these with your favorite burger toppings like pickled jalapeños or crumbled bacon – the sky’s the limit!

One Pot Cheeseburger Casserole - This cheesy goodness comes together so easily in one skillet. Even the pasta gets cooked right in the pan!

One Pot Cheeseburger Casserole

Prep Time 10 minutes

Cook Time 20 minutes

Total Time 30 minutes

Yield 8 servings

One Pot Cheeseburger Casserole

All the flavors of a cheeseburger in cheesy pasta form made in one skillet in less than 30 minutes - even the pasta gets cooked right in the pan!


  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 1/2 pounds ground beef
  • 1 onion, diced
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • 1 (28-ounce) can diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 1 (8-ounce) can tomato sauce
  • 2 cups chicken broth
  • 1/4 cup ketchup
  • 2 teaspoons dijon mustard
  • 1 pound rotini pasta
  • 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 and onion and cook until beef has browned, about 3-5 minutes, making sure to crumble the beef as it cooks; season with salt and pepper, to taste. Drain excess fat.
  • Stir in tomatoes, tomato sauce, chicken broth, ketchup, mustard, pasta and 2 cups water. Bring to a boil; cover, reduce heat and simmer until pasta is cooked through, about 13-16 minutes.
  • Remove from heat and top with cheese. Cover until cheese has melted, about 2 minutes.
  • Serve immediately, garnished with tomato and green onions, if desired.


Adapted from No. 2 Pencil

One Pot Cheeseburger Casserole - This cheesy goodness comes together so easily in one skillet. Even the pasta gets cooked right in the pan!


  1. MaryAnne says

    Just one question from Australia. By a can of tomato sauce, do you mean passata? I think our tomato sauce is your ketchup, and that’d leave an awfully strong taste. Besdies, we buy it in bottles. I love your recipes, but every so often come up against a term that simply doesn’t seem to fit what’s on our supermarket shelves. Someone once said that we are two great nations, divided by language! I’ve worked out your biscuits (scones), but this one has me a bit baffled. I want to save this recipe for cooler weather (we’re forecasting here for over 100F for the next couple of days) when it’d be pure comfort food.

  2. says

    I have a confession to make… I kind of, sort of like/love the Hamburger Helper Cheeseburger variety. Gahhh. It’s my guilty pleasure.But guilty pleasure it no longer needs to be, I’ve GOT to try this. It looks so good and infinitely better than my embarrassing secret…

    Yay for lazy days!

  3. Danielle says

    How strong is the mustard taste in this? It sounds wonderful, but I’ve got some serious mustard haters in my house.

    • Chung-Ah says

      I’m not the biggest mustard lover either! But I promise – the flavor of the mustard is very minimal in this dish.

  4. Kiwisue629 says

    Made this tonight and it was define. I omitted the cheese and just put a sprinkle of Parmesan on top when serving. Is tomato sauce like pasta sauce? I am from New Zealand and tomato sauce is like ketchup. Thanks for a great recipe.

  5. says

    Made this for dinner tonight & it seriously tastes just like a cheeseburger!! I even topped it with chopped up pickles… delish! Thanks for another awesome recipe!

  6. says

    I made this for dinner the other night – so easy and so tasty! I was seriously tempted to serve it with some sort of backlighting to make it look as gorgeous as your photos, but alas, it was dark outside…

  7. Renee says

    I made this the other night for my husband. He absolutely LOVED it! He commented at least 5 times about how delicious it was! Thanks for another great recipe! Here are just a few minor tips that I did to the recipe: Make sure you salt and pepper your mince well enough. I did not have a can of tomato sauce so I just used two cans of crushed tomatoes. I also used a little more ketchup and mustard than was suggested, and I added 1 1/2 tablespoons of Wishbone Italian Dressing just to give it a little bit of a kick. I’m not sure if it even needed that so feel free to leave it out. If you are using chicken bullion cubes for your chicken broth, then I suggest you use TWO bullions. I also made sure to add a large chopped tomato and sliced green onions to it at the end. The final result was so delicious! Thank you!

  8. Rita. Arnone says

    Made this casserole for the first time yesterday (Sunday) afternoon. I thought it was ok. Brought to work this morning to have about ten of my co- workers taste test IT. They LOVED IT! In my opinion it is much better on the second day. Now I LOVE IT!! And now all are searching your site to find more great recipes. Thanks.

  9. Laurie says

    My family is eating this for dinner right now. It is great. Thanks for another quick and yummy recipe that I was able to whip up after work.

  10. Molly Cour says

    My husband loved! I used ground turkey and whole wheat pasta…I had some fresh parsley on hand and added that for a little extra color. I used sharp cheddar and some grated italian cheese.

  11. Joann says

    I just found this recipe for One Pot Cheeseburger Casserole and it looks delicious, and can’t wait to try this. Just one maybe dumb question, but was wandering if this could be done in the crock pot? And if so, how long? Thanks so much can’t wait to fix this very soon :)

    • Chung-Ah says

      Joann, unfortunately, I have never tried this in the crockpot. This dish really is one of those quick and easy weeknight meals so there really is no need for a slow cooker on this one!

  12. Sharlene says

    I just finished making this for supper tonight. I loved it. Probably one of the best meals I had in a while. I had a couple of small changes. Like adding 2tbsp of relish, I didn’t use the canned tomatoes and added a 1tbsp of tomato paste. Clean up was easy and I have lots left for tomorrow! Thanks for sharing!

  13. Amanda says

    I made this last night and it was SO good and super easy! I added some pickles as garnish because I love pickles on my cheeseburgers.

  14. Ericka says

    I am allergic to dairy, wheat, eggs, and peanuts and have been desperately trying to find good recipes that are quick, simple, allergen free, and that my boyfriend will love too.

    This recipe is super awesome, even without the cheese!!! I love it and I always recommend this website!!!

  15. Mitzi Lee says

    I want to try try this. I have a question about the ingredients. In the ingredient list, two cups of broth is listed but in the instructions it says add broth AND two cups of water. The water is not in the list of ingredients. So before I make a watery mess I thought I would get clarification.

      • Seanna says

        So is it two cups of water AND 2 cups of broth? Also, could you use a can of diced tomatoes instead of whole? Thanks! Looking forward to trying another one of your recipes! :)

  16. says

    Thank you so much for the water clarification. I am in the process of finishing this up right now. I will admit, I didn’t measure exactly, however I did not venture off of the list of ingredients. oops wait, I used beef bullion instead of chicken but so far the sauce is fantastic. I love the idea of adding pickles. Looking forward to tonight’s supper. Thank you

  17. says

    This looks so good! Unfortunately I can’t eat red meat at all :( Hm, maybe I could substitute the beef for red lentils? I do that sometimes with chili and it tastes amazing. Do you think this would work here as well?

  18. Teresa says

    This recipe is simple and oh so good. I tweeked it just a little for our family, but it’s delicious. Adding pickles or relish and topping with the fresh tomatoes and a bit of shredded lettuce is awesome, if you want an added kick, Add two teaspoons of A-1 to your meat when it’s cooking to give some added flavor. But otherwise this is a heavenly dish and so good too!

  19. Judy says

    Made the recipe almost to a tee, and it was great! Picky-eater daughter loved it. I took others’ advice and used chopped pickles, as well, as a condiment. Next time I think I’ll also chop some romaine as a condiment to add more crunch. Overall, great job!

  20. Courteney says

    I want to make this for dinner tonight but I have a question. Do I drain the tomatoes first or no? Thanks!

  21. Kat says

    Sub out beef for turkey, add taco seasoning and rotel for one can of the tomato, Serve with tortillas and sourcream! Amazing! Thanks for the starter !

    • Kat says

      I meant turkey for beef! haha i also ommited the mustard and ketchup as I wanted a “taco” flavor. But it turned out fantastic!

  22. Kathryn says

    Just wanted to say that this is one of my husband and my favorite recipes! It’s very hearty and filling and the leftovers reheat extremely well! Thanks for sharing this :) It’s become a stable in our house!

  23. says

    Chungah, I made this today and it was delicious! I did it just a bit differently (I used a spicy habanero ketchup, 1 tablespoon of Dijon and added 1/2 cup of diced jalapenos), and it was perfect for our taste! Thanks for the great recipe! My photos aren’t as beautiful as yours, but this is a great dish! Thank you!!! I’m excited to share it with my readers in a future post! :-) Those are good eats!

  24. Pareech says

    I made this for my wife and I last night and we both really enjoyed it. I was wondering if it was supposed to be so liquidity at the end? I expected the pasta to absorb most of the liquid. I drained most of the liquid and added a bit of cream to think up what was left. I think the next time I make it, I will use the 2 cups of stock, but only use 1 cup of water.

    • Chungah says

      I’m so glad you enjoyed this! In response to your question, there should not have been excess liquid at the end. I recommend adding less liquid next time.

  25. Martin says

    Just did this recipe tonight. It’s A-M-A-Z-I-N-G!!! I just didn’t put the Dijon in because my father don’t like dijon. And also didn’t put the Roma in because it was too many tomatoes. Thanks for the recipe! I’m gonna do it again!!

    • Chungah says

      Deanne, you can certainly substitute tomato soup but please note that it is best to use the ingredients listed in the recipe to obtain the best results possible. By using a substitution, I cannot speak for how much this will change the overall taste/texture of the dish.

  26. Sosiboys says

    On the recipe it says two cups of chicken broth but on the directions it says to add chicken broth plus two cups of water. I’m confused.

  27. Cheryl Williams says

    I’m not sure where I went wrong. Recipe is pretty easy, but it seemed like I had too much liquid when the pasta was done. I ended up turning the heat up to get rid of some of it. Only problem my pasta is overdone. Anyone else have this problem?

    • Chungah says

      Cheryl, your heat source may have been the biggest issue here. It must be set to low to let the pasta completely cook through, allowing it to soak up all of the liquid. Turning up the heat is not recommended.

    • Chungah says

      Unfortunately, I cannot answer this with certainty as I have never tried freezing this myself – there were no leftovers left to freeze! I recommend using your best judgment for freezing and reheating.

  28. Alice says

    I made this for my boyfriend and we both loved it. The only thing we added was some diced pickle when we served it – just to see and go along with the cheeseburger theme and it tasted pretty awesome! Weird I know! but it was a nice balance to the sweet tomato-y sauce.

  29. Stephanie says

    I just happen to find your blog recently. The recipes are amazing and simple. Just my cup of tea. I will be making this in the near future.

  30. Katie says

    Can I substitute regular mustard for the dijon mustard? Did you use dijon because you prefer the taste over regular mustard, or is the dijon necessary to achieve a specific flavor? Thank you!

    I stumbled upon your website and I’m so glad I did! I’ve already printed out several recipes and I can’t wait to try them!

    • Chungah says

      Yes, regular mustard would be a fine substitute, but I personally prefer Dijon over regular mustard because it brings in such amazing flavors to the dish!

  31. Marlene says

    I just made this tonight & it was a HUGE hit with everyone. They were saying it tastes like McDonalds cheeseburgers lol. Definitely a keeper.

  32. kassia says

    I made some changes to this recipes. I used as follows
    1-2 lbs ground beef
    1 lb rotini pasta
    1 10 oz can cheddar cheese condensed soup
    2 14.5 oz can diced tomatoes basil, garlic and oregano
    1 lb thick sliced bacon diced and cooked to place on top of finished dish
    mustard 3 good squeezes
    seasoned meat with onion powder, garlic powder and peeper
    I used no olive oil, ketchup, chicken broth
    Cooked as above

  33. Sarah says

    This looks relish, girl! Can’t wait to make it. Do you know about how large one serving would be? 1 cup, 1.5 cups, etc? Thanks!!

  34. Toni says

    Wow! I’m impressed. This was so flavorful and easy to make! The only adjustment I made was adding a little extra tomato sauce and used less cheese as a topping. I will definitely will make this dish again! Thanks again! you may have just earned a fan for life!! :)

  35. Jennifer says

    This was really good. My whole family enjoyed it (including my 1.5 yr and 3 yr old son)! I halved the recipe, just cutting in half all the ingredient quantities and it worked perfectly. Thanks!

  36. Tracey says

    Found via Google trying to find a non-processed alternative for the boxed stuff. I’ve been doing my meal planning on the weekends for the weekdays, and this is exactly the type of recipe I need. The kids will eat it, one pot, realistic to make after a long work day with kids pulling at my legs! I don’t do beef, so we’ll do ground turkey breast, I’ll report back after trying it, but sure it will be awesome. Thanks for posting!

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