Cheeseburger Macaroni: 30 Minute Thursday + a Video
Cheeseburger Macaroni is a perfect meal for those busy nights that you don’t want to be in the kitchen. This is the best meal for those nights and it tastes great as leftovers!
Can I just say that parents rock and I’m amazed by them daily!
I don’t know how parents do it with more than 2 kids. I look up to you! I’ve been swamped these past couple of days. This school and soccer thing is draining me. Plus sick season is upon us and I know it’s going to hit us soon.
You can tell life’s been hectic lately, right? When life gets hectic I don’t like cook or be in the kitchen. Don’t ask me why, but I get lazy and don’t want to do it. It’s easier to get something or warm something up. Especially on soccer nights when we don’t get home until after 8:30pm.
With that said, I’ve been trying to find easy, quick and healthy recipes to make. When I was younger an easy meal would be throwing hamburger helper together or a frozen lasagna. But that’s not a meal now a days. There’s nothing wrong with those things, but have you ever looked at the ingredients?
I strongly believe when you can’t pronounce some words, then you shouldn’t be eating them. Well…you shouldn’t eat them most of the time. There are times that you can’t help it. I try to feed the family less processed foods and I like to make them fresher foods. But that doesn’t mean I don’t miss my favorite hamburger helper and lasagna. 🙂
I’ve tried numerous copycat Hamburger Helper recipes, but none of them ever tasted right. That changed with this recipe. I found a recipe somewhere around the internet, then adjusted it to my liking. I’ve been making this recipe for so long that I can make it by heart. I love to make it with ground beef most of the time, but when we’re really trying to eat healthy or I don’t have any ground beef on hand, I’ll make it with ground turkey. And it always tastes amazing either way!
This Cheeseburger Macaroni is a quick meal. I love not having to be in the kitchen all day too. A perfect meal for soccer nights and also great as left overs. A win win meal! Give it a try, you won’t be disappointed.
Since today is the first Thursday of the month, it’s our monthly 30 Minute Meal Thursday! My food blogger friends and I come together to share our easy, quick meals. Head over to each blog to see what they cooked up for you this month. You’ll love all their recipes!
Get the Recipe: Cheeseburger Macaroni
- 1 tablespoon oil
- 1 pound ground beef
- 1 cup onion, chopped
- 2 1/2 cups elbow macaroni, uncooked
- 2 1/2 cups reduced sodium chicken broth
- 1 15 ounce can tomato sauce
- 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
- 1 tablespoon dry mustard
- 1/2 tablespoon mrs. dash seasoning
- salt and pepper, to your liking
- 3/4 cup shredded American cheese
- 1/2 cup dill pickles, chopped
- Garnish: 1 roma tomato, chopped, green onions & red chili pepper flakes
- In a large deep skillet, add oil and cook ground meat and 1/2 cup onion over medium-high heat.
- Cook and crumble meat until no longer pink, about 5 minutes. Drain excess oils and return to pan.
- Add macaroni, broth, tomato sauce, Worcestershire sauce, mustard, mrs. dash seasoning, 1/2 teaspoon salt, and 1/4 teaspoon pepper.
- Bring to a boil. Cover and reduce heat to low. Simmer, stirring occasionally until macaroni is tender, about 8-10 minutes.
- Stir in cheese, pickles, and remaining 1/2 cup onion. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Garnish with toppings.
- Serve with side salad or alone. Enjoy.
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