One-Pot Cheeseburger Macaroni + VIDEO
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One-Pot Cheeseburger Macaroni is loaded with flavorful seasoned ground beef, tender pasta and ooey gooey cheese! This dish not only packs a ton of flavor but can be made in one pan from start to finish. It is like the Hamburger Helper recipe that my mom used to make. But this homemade version is so much better.
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! How about a batch of cheeseburger bites for dinner or an easy anytime snack!
How do you make cheeseburger macaroni in one pot?
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.
- 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.
- Step 3 – Add the liquid (typically chicken broth or water) and uncooked pasta (this recipe uses elbow pasta).
- Step 4 – Bring to a boil, then cover the skillet and cook until pasta is tender, typically 10-15 minutes.
- 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!
Helpful Tips to make One-Pot Cheeseburger Macaroni:
- I like to add canned tomatoes for a more authentic “cheeseburger” experience, but you can get creative with this step. I used canned tomatoes, but feel free to use your favorite fresh tomatoes. You could also use any other type of canned tomatoes (like salsa or tomatoes with green chilies) to add a bit more flavor.
- This recipe calls for cheddar cheese, but feel free to use any type of cheese that you like! Try Mexican blend or American cheese.
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Watch the video below to see how easy it is to make this recipe!
One-Pot Cheeseburger Macaroni + Video
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1 tablespoon minced garlic
- 1 pound lean ground beef
- 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
- 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
- 1 teaspoon onion powder
- 1 pinch salt, to taste
- 1 pinch black pepper, to taste
- 1 cup chicken broth
- 8 ounces uncooked cellentani pasta, or elbows
- 2 cup shredded cheddar cheese
- 16 ounce can diced tomatoes, drained (optional)
- parsley, for garnish (optional)
- 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.
All nutritional information is based on third party calculations and is only an estimate. Each recipe’s nutritional value will vary depending on the ingredients used, measuring methods, and portion sizes.
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We are not fans of mustard. Will this have that taste or a substitute?
You can leave it out. My husband is very sensitive so I understand. Enjoy Hilary and let us know how it goes!
This looks wonderful! Thank you. Quick question, could you use penne pasta instead?
I can't see why not. I'd also suggest that the pasta be cooked separately. Otherwise, the pasta is going to soak up a lot of juice and the pasta is going to get mushy.
made it today outstanding!!hubby had 2 helpings
In place of the canned tomatoes, I used a couple cans of Ro-Tel; drained
This was really very good! The only thing I had to change was adding more broth – I probably used closer to 2c to get my macaroni to cook.
Not sure why this says cook time is 3 hr 20 mins….when I added it all up, the max time I got was 29 mins…am I missing something?
Hi Jan. The total time (as shown on the recipe card) for one pot cheeseburger macaroni is actually 30 minutes. 10 for prep and 20 for cook time. Please let us know where you are seeing 3 hours and 20 minutes so that we can be sure to correct it. Thank you!
TSRI Team member,
it was so easy and delicious. I added two tbsp tomato paste as I usually have it in freezer prepped in small bags. I loved this dish. I only had some dry twisted egg noodles on hand so I substituted. it was easy to prep the seasonings and then put together at a more convenient time. this will be a repeat meal for me with lima beans and small salad.
We are happy you enjoyed it!
TSRI Team Member,
My kids all loved hamburger helper growing up and this is so much better and easier to make!!!