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Cheeseburger Macaroni

Remember Hamburger Helper Cheeseburger Macaroni?  I know that stuff has got to be awful for you….but it’s pretty darn good.

My favorite thing that my mom makes is macaroni and beef.  It’s super easy: cooked macaroni tossed with browned beef, onions, and canned tomatoes.  I was making this one night and thinking how much better it would be with a cheese sauce like macaroni and cheese, but beefy and with tomatoes.  I did some google searches and found some good ones (like this one from with drool-worthy photos), but I’ve finally nailed it down to something like this:

Cheeseburger Macaroni
  • 1 lb ground beef (I use bison because it’s what I have in the freezer)
  • 1/4 c taco seasoning (I buy this stuff in bulk at Costco for about $3 vs. $1.25/packet at the grocery store)
  • 1 14 oz. can petite diced tomatoes
  • 1 T ketchup (if you have it…who doesn’t have ketchup?)
  • 1 T yellow mustard (again, if you have it)
  • 2 T pickle relish (optional)
  • 1 empty tomato can filled with water   🙂
  • 1 c elbow macaroni (I used what was left of a bag of brown rice rotini pasta)
  • 2 T unsalted butter
  • 2 T flour
  • 3/4 c milk
  • 1 c shredded cheddar cheese (I used “fancy mexican blend”…whatever that means)
  • salt/pepper
  1. Over med-hi heat, brown the beef and add the taco seasoning, followed by ketchup/mustard/relish.  Let the ketchup caramelize about a minute, then add the canned tomatoes, water, macaroni.  Bring to a boil, cover, reduce heat to med-lo and let simmer about 12 mins, or until pasta is done.
  2. While pasta simmers, make a blonde roux with the butter and flour over med. heat (about 3 mins, whisking frequently).  Slowly whisk in the milk and continue stirring until the sauce thickens (this is a bechamel).  Turn off the heat and stir in the cheese, then add salt and pepper, if desired.
  3. Once the pasta is done, stir in the cheese sauce and serve with a salad.
*This one is a huge hit in my house…even the baby liked it!



2 responses »

  1. So I am adding this to my menu this week. 🙂 I actually have everything I need! I’ll let you know how it turns out.


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