Nani-Foodi Friday: Cheeseburger Cheeburga

I’m sure everyone has a meal that takes them back to childhood. I have two: grilled barbecue chicken and Sloppy Joe. I remember eating barbecue chicken so often I could probably go without it for the rest of my life (sorry, Mom!) Sloppy Joe; however, gives me all the warm, fuzzy feels and transports me back to a muuuch simpler time (when I had people making sure I was fed instead of the other way around.) As I was browsing for toddler-friendly ground beef recipes, I came across this Cheeseburger Pasta Skillet by Ready Set Eat. The twins love cheeseburgers and pasta, so I gave it a go.

I was pleasantly surprised when the meal ended up tasting like Sloppy Joe pasta. While it may not look or sound appealing, it tasted d*** delicious! I did make a few adjustments to the recipe based off of reviews and I also cut the ingredients in half. Feel free to follow the original, mine, or get creative on your own!


Cheeseburger Pasta Skillet

Yields: 4 servings      Prep time: 5 mins      Cook time: 20 mins


  • 1/2 lb ground beef
  • 1/4 of an onion, diced
  • 1/4 tsp garlic salt
  • 6.5 oz tomato sauce
  • 1 oz favorite marinara (I used Rao’s sensitive formula marinara because any other kind tends to make H’s sensitive skin break out in a rash. This ingredient is also optional, but several reviews said there wasn’t enough seasoning simply using tomato sauce.)
  • 1 cup uncooked pasta
  • 3/4 cups water
  • 1/8 cup ketchup
  • 1/2 cup shredded cheese blend


  1. Heat skillet over medium- heat and add onion, beef, and garlic salt.
  2. Cook until beef is crumbled and no longer pink and then drain grease.
  3. Add tomato sauce, marinara, pasta and water. Stir to combine.
  4. Bring to a boil. Cover, reduce heat, and cook until pasta is tender (about 10 mins.)
  5. Stir in ketchup, sprinkle with cheese, and serve!


I ended up using the other 1/2 lb of ground beef I had to make little cheeseburger stackers for the girls (which I forgot to photograph, grrr.) They’re starting to talk a lot more and it’s the cutest thing hearing them say “more cheeburga peas.” I hope you enjoy this childhood classic!



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