The 20 Minute Cheeseburger Pasta

A very popular sandwich, made into a pasta….can it get any better than that? A family meal favorite, for sure, and it takes just one pot to make it. This recipe is for 4 servings, and only uses a 1/2 box of pasta, and will teach you to make your very own Cheeseburger Pasta, without using those pre-packaged similar meals that include preservatives. Hope you enjoy this as much as we do. Here we go……

1 pound lean ground beef

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/2 teaspoon pepper

1 teaspoon onion powder

1 teaspoon garlic powder

1/2 box whole grain or white spaghetti pasta (enough for 4 servings), broken into pieces (thirds or half)

2 cups water

3 teaspoons beef base or 3 small bouillon cubes 

4 teaspoons unsalted sweet cream butter

1 cup COLD water mixed with 1 tablespoon cornstarch (this is added in the end and will make your pasta creamy)

4 slices of cheddar cheese, broken into pieces, or 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese

heavy bottom pan with lid, or non-stick skillet with lid or use aluminum foil to cover

optional – ladle or spoon and coffee cup or bowl, to scoop out any melted fat

On medium-high heat, brown your ground beef and seasonings in your pan for about 10 minutes, until fully cooked. If possible, very carefully tilt pan a little to ladle or spoon out melted fat and put it in a coffee cup or bowl to discard after it cools, in the garbage (do not pour down drain, so it won’t clog your drain). Next add your pasta, water (NOT the water with the cornstarch, because that is for later), butter, and beef base or bouillon, and mix well. Cover, and cook on medium-high heat for 10 minutes ( I always set my timer), stirring once during cooking. Around minute 9, add your cold cup of water with the cornstarch mixture, and mix well, then scatter your cheese on top and replace cover. Cheese will melt into your pasta. Remove from heat, and let cool for a few minutes. Enjoy !!! (As it cools, it will thicken).

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