If you’re looking for an easy and hassle-free weeknight dinner, this cheeseburger macaroni hits all the marks. With tender pasta and seasoned ground beef that’s topped with melted cheese, this dish not only packs a ton of flavor but can be made in one pan from start to finish.

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Cheeseburger Macaroni! If you’re looking for an easy and hassle-free weeknight dinner, this cheeseburger macaroni hits all the marks. With tender pasta and seasoned ground beef that’s topped with melted cheese, this dish not only packs a ton of flavor but can be made in one pan from start to finish. | HomemadeHooplah.com

About Cheeseburger Macaroni

It’s hard to go wrong with a cheesy pasta dish, but when you add savory ground beef and some simple herbs and spices? Now you’ve got an easy dinner that’s sure to be a hit.

And if that wasn’t enough, this cheeseburger macaroni is made in one pan in about 20 minutes.

Easy and delicious? Talk about a win-win!

Easy homemade cheeseburger macaroni made in one pot.

What you’ll need to make cheeseburger macaroni:

  • A large skillet with a lid – To help the pasta cook evenly, a wide skillet works best, ideally one that’s more than 12 inches in diameter.
  • Mesh strainer – Normally you don’t need to drain the grease when cooking with lean ground beef, but if you do, a mesh strainer will help ensure you don’t lose any of the cooked meat.
  • Heat resistant spoon or spatula – Ideal for cooking, stirring, and serving.

Notes & tips for homemade cheeseburger macaroni

  • This recipe calls for cheddar cheese, but feel free to use any type of cheese that you like! Try Mexican blend or American cheese.
  • I like to add tomatoes for a more authentic “cheeseburger” experience, but you can get creative with this step. You can use another type of canned tomatoes (like salsa or tomatoes with green chilies) to add a bit more flavor.
  • In the mood for another delicious one-pot meal? Check out this recipe for One Pan Cheesy Taco Skillet.

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How do you make cheeseburger macaroni in one pot?

This next part is only a photo tutorial of the recipe steps. If you’re looking for the full recipe measurements and instructions, scroll down to Recipe Details.

One pot recipes really are a thing of magic, but the process is simple enough. Use the right ingredients in the right order and you’ll only need to wash one pan when you’re done.

Step 1 – Cook and crumble the ground beef in a large skillet. You can use olive oil and season with minced garlic if you’d like.

Cheeseburger Macaroni Step 1 - Add olive oil. Cheeseburger Macaroni Step 1 - Add garlic. Cheeseburger Macaroni Step 1 - Cook garlic until golden. Cheeseburger Macaroni Step 1 - Add ground beef. Cheeseburger Macaroni Step 1 - Crumble and cook. Cheeseburger Macaroni Step 1 - Crumble and cook ground beef. Cheeseburger Macaroni Step 1 - Cook ground beef until browned.

Step 2 – Add your spices and mix them in with the cooked meat. For this recipe, it has Dijon mustard, Worcestershire sauce, onion powder, and a pinch of salt and pepper to taste.

Cheeseburger Macaroni Step 2 - Add Dijon mustard. Cheeseburger Macaroni Step 2 - Add Worcestershire sauce. Cheeseburger Macaroni Step 2 - Add onion powder. Cheeseburger Macaroni Step 2 - Add salt. Cheeseburger Macaroni Step 2 - Add pepper. Cheeseburger Macaroni Step 2 - Stir together. Cheeseburger Macaroni Step 2 - Cook and stir together.

Step 3 – Add the liquid (typically chicken broth or water) and uncooked pasta (this recipe uses elbow pasta).

Cheeseburger Macaroni Step 3 - Add chicken broth. Cheeseburger Macaroni Step 3 - Add pasta. Cheeseburger Macaroni Step 3 - Stir well. Cheeseburger Macaroni Step 3 - Stir well.

Step 4 – Bring to a boil, then cover the skillet and cook until pasta is tender, typically 10-15 minutes.

Cheeseburger Macaroni Step 5 - Add cheese. Cheeseburger Macaroni Step 5 - Add tomatoes. Cheeseburger Macaroni Step 5 - Stir well. Cheeseburger Macaroni Step 5 - Stir well.

Step 5 – Mix in cheeses and any other additions you’d like. Cover the pot again and let the cheese melt for 2-4 minutes.

Step 6 – Serve and enjoy!

This post first appeared on The Slow Roasted Italian website (where I am a monthly contributor) and has been syndicated here.

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Recipe Details

Cheeseburger Macaroni! If you’re looking for an easy and hassle-free weeknight dinner, this cheeseburger macaroni hits all the marks. With tender pasta and seasoned ground beef that’s topped with melted cheese, this dish not only packs a ton of flavor but can be made in one pan from start to finish. | HomemadeHooplah.com
3.84 from 12 votes

Cheeseburger Macaroni

20 mins cook
436 kcal
Yields: 6 servings
If you’re looking for an easy and hassle-free weeknight dinner, this cheeseburger macaroni hits all the marks. With tender pasta and seasoned ground beef that’s topped with melted cheese, this dish not only packs a ton of flavor but can be made in one pan from start to finish.

Ingredients 

Instructions

  • In a large skillet over medium heat, warm olive oil. Add garlic and cook until golden brown and fragrant, about 1-2 minutes.
  • Add ground beef to skillet and cook and crumble until browned, about 5-8 minutes. If necessary, drain any excess grease from the pan.
  • Add Dijon mustard, Worcestershire sauce, onion powder, salt, and pepper to ground beef, then quickly stir to coat the ground beef.
  • Pour in chicken broth and elbow pasta to skillet, then stir. Bring mixture to a boil, cover, and allow to cook until pasta is tender, about 10 to 15 minutes.
  • Remove saucepan from heat. Lift lid and add cheddar cheese and diced tomatoes, then stir to mix. Return lid and let cheeseburger macaroni sit for 2-4 minutes or until cheese has melted.
  • Serve cheeseburger macaroni immediately with chopped parsley as garnish.

Nutrition

Calories: 436kcal | Carbohydrates: 32g | Protein: 31g | Fat: 19g | Saturated Fat: 10g | Cholesterol: 86mg | Sodium: 482mg | Potassium: 564mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 465IU | Vitamin C: 10.2mg | Calcium: 315mg | Iron: 3.5mg

I do my best to provide nutrition information, but please keep in mind that I'm not a certified nutritionist. Any nutritional information discussed or disclosed in this post should only be seen as my best amateur estimates of the correct values.

Author: Chrisy

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5 comments

    • Darcy Reed

    i love it it was so different and my family ate all of it I didnt change anything about it It was just so very good

    • Karen

    This came out good, but I had to add more than a cup of chicken broth…it was not enough. I also added a bit of 1% milk and it’s nice and creamy. Thanks for sharing your recipe!

    • Pat

    Definitely add more liquid! Otherwise great recipe

    • Ashley
    • 2 stars

    I added diced onions, carrots, and red bell peppers to the ground beef. Then I added 28oz of diced tomatoes, and 1/4 cup of cream to cook the noodles in. Also added Italian seasoning, could still use more seasoning, its slightly bland.

    • Teacher Mom
    • 3 stars

    I would make these changes next time:
    1. Cook the pasta separately – after 10 minutes everything was stuck to the bottom of the pan and the pasta was still uncooked. Or, you need to add lots more liquid.
    2. Add a second can of diced tomatoes.
    3. I also added 1 diced onion and cooked it with the ground beef. Could also use ground turkey.
    4. Serve with diced pickles.

    Delicious, but could use a bit of altering.

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