Homemade Cheeseburger Macaroni


Warning: A non-numeric value encountered in /home/resttax2/public_html/momsbistro.net/wp-content/plugins/insta-gallery/includes/models/Account.php on line 83

Homemade Cheeseburger Macaroni is the perfect weeknight meal!  It’s ready in less than 30 minutes, and it’s so easy to make, you’ll never buy the boxed stuff again!

I originally shared this recipe back in 2015, and it has been one of my most popular recipes!  Although it’s not quite the healthiest recipe there is, it’s delicious, and everyone is going to love it – even picky eaters!  I never actually had Hamburger Helper until I started dating D.J., and he made it for dinner one night.  I was wondering where it had been my whole life – we never ate anything like this growing up.  It was really just meat and potatoes in my house, so he was opening me up to a whole new world!

He was making it for us one day, and I looked at the box, and realized that it really wasn’t that healthy, and for what the ingredients actually were, we could make it homemade, and I knew it would taste A LOT better.  So, the next time he wanted Cheeseburger Macaroni, it was my time to cook, and I made this version.  We’ve never bought a box since!

How To Make Homemade Cheeseburger Macaroni

Boil Pasta 
Cook pasta according to package directions in salted water.  Drain and set aside.  Elbow macaroni, mini shells and radiatore pasta work best for Cheeseburger Macaroni.

Cook Ground Beef 
In a large, deep skillet over medium-high heat, add a tablespoon of olive oil and heat until shimmering.  Add onions, and season with salt, pepper and paprika. Once they have started to soften and turn translucent, add ground beef to pan.  Season with more salt, pepper and paprika.  Cook, breaking up the ground beef, until no longer pink – about 8-10 minutes.

Make Cheese Sauce 
In the same skillet, add 2 tablespoons of butter and heat until shimmering.  Whisk in 3 tablespoons of flour, and cook 1 minute.  Whisk in milk/cream and keep whisking until smooth.  Reduce heat to low, and whisk in cream cheese and stir until fully melted.  Stir in American and cheddar cheeses, and keep stirring until fully melted.

Add Pasta Back To Pan 
Add drained pasta to pan, and stir to fully combine.  Let cook 1 minute to warm pasta through.

Serve
Serve Cheeseburger Macaroni immediately, and enjoy!

Category, , DifficultyBeginner

Yields1 Serving
Prep Time5 minsCook Time20 minsTotal Time25 mins

 1 lb ground beef
 1 lb elbow macaroni, mini shells or radiatore pasta
 1 onion, minced
 1 tbsp garlic, minced
 2 ½ cups milk
 1 ½ cups cheddar cheese, shredded
 1 ½ cups american cheese, shredded
 2 tbsp butter
 3 tbsp flour
 4 tsp salt
 2 tsp black pepper
 2 tsp paprika
 1 tbsp olive oil

1

Cook pasta according to package directions in salted water.  Drain and set aside.

2

In a large, deep skillet over medium-high heat, add a tablespoon of olive oil and heat until shimmering.  Add onions, and season with salt, pepper and paprika.

3

Once they have started to soften and turn translucent, add ground beef to pan.  Season with more salt, pepper and paprika.  Cook, breaking up the ground beef, until no longer pink - about 8-10 minutes.

4

In the same skillet, add 2 tablespoons of butter and heat until shimmering.  Whisk in 3 tablespoons of flour, and cook 1 minute.  Whisk in milk/cream and keep whisking until smooth. 

5

Reduce heat to low, and whisk in cream cheese and stir until fully melted.  Stir in American and cheddar cheeses, and keep stirring until fully melted.

6

Add drained pasta to pan, and stir to fully combine.  Let cook 1 minute to warm pasta through.

7

Serve Cheeseburger Macaroni immediately, and enjoy!

Ingredients

 1 lb ground beef
 1 lb elbow macaroni, mini shells or radiatore pasta
 1 onion, minced
 1 tbsp garlic, minced
 2 ½ cups milk
 1 ½ cups cheddar cheese, shredded
 1 ½ cups american cheese, shredded
 2 tbsp butter
 3 tbsp flour
 4 tsp salt
 2 tsp black pepper
 2 tsp paprika
 1 tbsp olive oil

Directions

1

Cook pasta according to package directions in salted water.  Drain and set aside.

2

In a large, deep skillet over medium-high heat, add a tablespoon of olive oil and heat until shimmering.  Add onions, and season with salt, pepper and paprika.

3

Once they have started to soften and turn translucent, add ground beef to pan.  Season with more salt, pepper and paprika.  Cook, breaking up the ground beef, until no longer pink - about 8-10 minutes.

4

In the same skillet, add 2 tablespoons of butter and heat until shimmering.  Whisk in 3 tablespoons of flour, and cook 1 minute.  Whisk in milk/cream and keep whisking until smooth. 

5

Reduce heat to low, and whisk in cream cheese and stir until fully melted.  Stir in American and cheddar cheeses, and keep stirring until fully melted.

6

Add drained pasta to pan, and stir to fully combine.  Let cook 1 minute to warm pasta through.

7

Serve Cheeseburger Macaroni immediately, and enjoy!

Cheeseburger Macaroni

 

One Comment

  1. It was perfect the first time. I learn so much from you as well! Keep it up great post.

Leave a Reply: