Cheating Cheeseburger Macaroni Recipe -
Cheating Cheeseburger Macaroni Recipe
  • READY IN 25 mins

Cheating Cheeseburger Macaroni

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"This is one of those happy accidents that happened when I had to make up dinner from what I had in the cabinet. It serves a whole family and the kids love it. I used a mixture of what was left in the bottom of the pasta boxes for the pasta. Any short pasta will work. Try adding broccoli, peas or carrots as a variation."

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Original recipe makes 8 servings Change Servings
  • PREP

    5 mins
  • COOK

    20 mins

    25 mins


  1. Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Add penne, and cook for 8 to 10 minutes, or until tender. Drain.
  2. Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add ground beef and onion; cook, stirring to crumble the beef, until evenly browned. Drain off excess grease, and mix in the cream of onion soup, cream of chicken soup, and Cheddar cheese soup, along with the water and sour cream. Simmer over medium heat for a few minutes. Stir in the cooked pasta, and serve immediately.
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Apr 15, 2010

I found this to be very easily done, even doing at a friend's house, where I don't know where all of her stuff is. The 3 kids I babysit plus my son (ages 6-10) loved it! For adults, though, it would likely need more spice - a little bland.

Most Helpful Critical Review
Dec 31, 2005

It was okay for a quick dinner. I would probably not make this again however. Sorta bland even with all the sauces.


21 Ratings

Oct 06, 2009

Very easy recipe!!! Great alternative to hamburger helper. Not nearly as dry. The whole family loved it!!!

Apr 04, 2011

This was super simple to make and although it tasted a bit bland, was really yummy after adding some cajun seasoning. My 9 yr old loved as is. Thanks for sharing!

Oct 26, 2009

Great starter recipe! I also used mushrooms instead of onions and did not use the chicken soup, instead I substituted a can of beef broth and added my own spices to taste. I did use the sour cream but no water as the beef broth added enough moisture. I also added just a little velvetta. Very tasty!

Jun 15, 2009

I was limited on ingredients tonight but had to do something with ground beef. I was pleased to see I had all of this. I browned the beef with dried onion flakes and then put it all in a casserole dish with a bread crumb topping and browned it off. IT was really good!

Jan 04, 2006

This tasted pretty good. I made just one change from onions to mushrooms (as I don't like onions), and the only thing that made me give a 4* instead of a 5 is that I found it just a tad too cheesy, although my man loved it. I will definitely make again, and may up the sauted mushrooms and lower the cheese soup. Thanks for the recipe.

Feb 28, 2012

This was easy, fast, and it made a huge pan full. I used 1/2 tsp. dried minced onion and 1/2 tsp. onion powder since I didn't have any cream of onion soup. I couldn't even find that in the store. It was already very saucy and I don't think it needed the extra can of soup anyway now that I have made it. I'd leave out the chicken soup too as it was very soupy/saucy. I added in some shredded sharp cheddar cheese and some Velveeta because DH thought the sour cream took away from the cheese flavor. I only had a lb. of ground beef.


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  • Calories
  • 380 kcal
  • 19%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 31.3 g
  • 10%
  • Cholesterol
  • 67 mg
  • 22%
  • Fat
  • 18.1 g
  • 28%
  • Fiber
  • 3.2 g
  • 13%
  • Protein
  • 21.1 g
  • 42%
  • Sodium
  • 825 mg
  • 33%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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