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