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Cheeseburger Pasta

Nathan Congleton / TODAY
Cook Time:
30 mins
Prep Time:
15 mins

Chef notes

I love this recipe because it can be pulled together with ingredients that are usually already on hand. I get a nostalgic feeling whenever I eat this hearty and comforting dish.

Technique tip: Use a heavy bottom skillet or a Dutch oven to conduct an even and high heat.

Swap option: You can use alternative meat crumbles for a meatless option, as well as change the beef stock for vegetable.


  • oil, for cooking
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 large carrot, peeled and diced into 1/4-inch pieces
  • 2 yellow onions, diced
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 tablespoons sweet paprika
  • salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • fresh thyme
  • 3 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 1 quart beef stock
  • cups uncooked cellentani (or cavatappi) pasta
  • 1 block cheddar cheese, grated
  • 3 tablespoons nutritional yeast



Add enough oil to coat the bottom of a Dutch oven or a heavy bottom skillet. Brown your meat over medium-high heat. Add the carrots to the meat and cook for 4 minutes. Follow with the onions and cook for another 3 minutes. Finish with the garlic and cook until fragrant.


Season the mixture with sweet paprika, salt, pepper and thyme. Mix in the tomato paste and pour in the beef stock. Mix well and add the uncooked pasta. Reduce the heat to a simmer and cover the pot.


Once the pasta is al dente and the liquid has reduced, add in the grated cheddar cheese and nutritional yeast. Stir until melted and creamy. Taste for salt and pepper. Serve Immediately.