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One-Pot Ultimate Beef Mac & Cheese Skillet

One-Pot Ultimate hamburger Mac & Cheese Skillet
One-Pot Ultimate hamburger Mac & Cheese Skillet

Savor the ultimate comfort food with our One-Pot Ultimate Beefy Mac & Cheese Skillet! Packed with bold flavors, tender beef, and creamy cheese, This easy recipe is a step up from traditional Hamburger Helper. Perfect for a quick weeknight dinner, One-pot wonder with over the top taste.

The Best Beef Mac & Cheese Skillet Ingredients:

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One Pot Beef Mac & Cheese Skillet Instructions:

Prep Ground Beef:

Season the ground beef with salt and pepper. In a large skillet or Dutch oven, heat the olive oil over medium heat. Add the seasoned ground beef and cook until browned, breaking it up with a spoon as it cooks, about 5-7 minutes.

Drain Excess Fat:

Once the beef is browned, drain excess fat if needed.

Cook Aromatics:

Add diced onion and diced bell pepper to the skillet with the beef. Cook until the vegetables are softened, about 3-4 minutes.

Add Garlic:

Add minced garlic to the skillet and cook for an additional 1-2 minutes until fragrant.


Sprinkle paprika, chili powder, cumin, salt, and pepper over the beef and vegetables. Stir well to coat everything evenly.

Add Broth and Tomatoes:

Pour in the beef broth and diced tomatoes with their juices. Bring the mixture to a simmer.

Add Pasta:

Stir in the uncooked elbow macaroni or pasta of your choice. Make sure the pasta is submerged in the liquid.


Bring to a boil, reduce the heat to medium-low and cover the skillet. Let the mixture simmer for about 30 minutes (if using 3 cups of broth for fully cooked pasta) or 15 minutes (if using 2 cups of broth for al dente pasta), stirring occasionally, or until most of the liquid is absorbed and the pasta reaches your desired doneness.

Cheesy Finish:

Once the pasta is cooked to your desired doneness, remove the skillet from heat. Stir in the shredded cheddar cheese until melted and well combined.


Garnish with chopped fresh parsley if desired. Serve hot

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