Cheese and Hamburger Macaroni Recipe - Allrecipes.com
Cheese and Hamburger Macaroni Recipe
  • READY IN 25 mins

Cheese and Hamburger Macaroni

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"Homemade version of Hamburger Helper® - just as easy and tastes so much better! You will need a large skillet with a tight fitting lid."

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Original recipe makes 4 servings Change Servings
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  • PREP

    10 mins
  • COOK

    15 mins
  • READY IN

    25 mins

Directions

  1. Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat. Cook and stir ground beef, onion, garlic powder, onion powder, salt, and black pepper in the hot skillet until browned and crumbly, 5 to 7 minutes; drain and discard grease.
  2. Return skillet to burner over high heat. Add water; cover skillet and bring to a boil. Stir macaroni into the boiling water-ground beef mixture; cover and lower heat to medium. Cook, keeping covered, for 5 minutes. Stir, cover, and cook until macaroni is tender, about 5 more minutes.
  3. Stir processed cheese food into ground beef-macaroni mixture until melted. Remove from heat; stir in sour cream.
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Footnotes

  • Cook's Note:
  • For a Mexican version, add 1 tablespoon cumin and 2 teaspoons chili powder to the hamburger as its cooking. Serve with chopped lettuce, tomato, and salsa. If you're really in a hurry, can use dehydrated onion instead of fresh. Add more onion powder.
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Reviews More Reviews

Most Helpful Positive Review
Aug 20, 2013

My step son begs for hamburger helper and we don't buy a lot of processed food.... So I made this with whole wheat noodles and "homemade velveeta" ( 8 oz American cheese, 4 oz cheddar and 1 1/2 cups milk), and he LOVED it! We had leftovers and ate it the next day, and it tasted even better!

 
Most Helpful Critical Review
Jun 20, 2014

I really wanted to like this. Based on the review of cstock26, I reduced the Velveeta by 2 ounces and mine was still really thick. Admittedly, this was my first time cooking with Velveeta. I think the dish tasted like overly processed noodles rather than a dish with multiple layers of flavors. If you aren't used to eating many processed foods, follow this recipe to step 2 and then add a homemade cheese sauce.

 
Sep 12, 2013

I gave it 5 stars only because its very good for what it is.. a mac n cheese dish. It is quick, easy and inexpensive and the kids love it. If judged against all foods I'd give it a 3. Only change to the recipe was that I only had 1 and 1/2 cups of macaroni so I reduced the water to 1 and 1/2 cups as well. Came out great. Loved the one pot deal. My grandson loved it. All was well with the world.

 
Jun 03, 2013

This turned out amazing! I followed the recipe exactly & my family devoured it! I will definitely make this again!

 
Jun 17, 2013

This recipe has great potential but needs just a few minor changes. I used V8 juice for most of the water (2 small cans plus the water to make 2 cups). I did not use 8 ounces of cheese - I think that would be way overkill. I probably used about 4 ounces. I don't know that the sour cream added anything. I added a few red pepper flakes to my own portion to add some slight heat. Overall this is satisfying comfort food and can be changed to personal preferences. Thanks!

 
Jan 29, 2014

I used shredded cheddar and a 1/2 cup onions. I would not drain corn next time to have more liquid. Had plenty of leftovers after feeding 3 . A great all round meal.

 
Feb 20, 2014

I think maybe using a little milk or less of the velvetta would help. Maybe I just made it wrong but it was SUPER thick. It tasted okay but I could literally feel my arteries clogging! Might make it again but definitely going to have to tweak it a little.

 
Feb 20, 2014

great recipe have made many diff versions of this recipe, instead of 2 cups of water I will use 1 cup water and 1 cup milk which makes it more creamy

 

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Nutrition

  • Calories
  • 449 kcal
  • 22%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 47.9 g
  • 15%
  • Cholesterol
  • 61 mg
  • 20%
  • Fat
  • 15.4 g
  • 24%
  • Fiber
  • 1.9 g
  • 8%
  • Protein
  • 28.2 g
  • 56%
  • Sodium
  • 1027 mg
  • 41%

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

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