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One Pot Cheeseburger Orzo Skillet

This simple and delicious meal uses lean ground turkey, orzo pasta and a lot of cheese for a meal the whole family will love!

Course Dinner, Lunch
Cuisine American, Orzo, Pasta
Keyword One Pot, Weeknight Meal
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Servings 6


  • 1 lb ground beef or turkey
  • 1 tbsp minced garlic
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ½ tsp pepper
  • ½ tsp smoked paprika
  • 2 tbsp taco seasoning
  • 1 can diced tomatoes (14.5 oz)
  • 2 cups chicken broth
  • 2 cups uncooked orzo
  • 1 cup shredded cheese

Optional Toppings

  • shredded lettuce or spinach
  • diced tomatoes
  • diced red onion
  • avocado
  • sour cream


  1. Cook ground turkey or beef over medium-high heat until no longer pink. Drain fat, if any. (I prefer to use extra lean meat, so there’s usually not much to drain.)

  2. Next, add the garlic, salt, pepper, paprika and taco seasoning to the pan. Mix everything together and cook for another 1-2 minutes.

  3. Add the can of diced tomatoes, chicken broth and orzo to the pan and stir. Mix well, making sure the orzo is mixed well with the liquid. Bring to a boil.

  4. Turn heat down to medium-low, mix ingredients again and cover. Cook for approximately 12-15 minutes, stirring frequently (2-3 times) throughout the process, so the orzo doesn’t stick to the bottom of the pan.

  5. Stir in the cheese and it's ready to eat! You could also add fresh veggies on top like shredded lettuce, spinach, fresh tomatoes, red onions, avocado, cilantro or sour cream. Enjoy!

Recipe Notes

This recipe does well with just about any of your favorite veggies thrown in! I love to add zucchini, fresh corn off the cob and bell peppers. However, my two little ones are extra picky these days, so I kept it super simple in the recipe.