Cheese and Hamburger Macaroni Recipe -
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
  • PREP

    10 mins
  • COOK

    15 mins

    25 mins


  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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  • 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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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
Jan 07, 2015

If you haven't had Velvetta in 20 years - skip this recipe - you won't enjoy being reintroduced. I was looking for an easy comfort food dish, and saw the 5 stars so I thought I would try this. I always make something exact to the recipe the first time and then on the second add my own spin. Not using Velveeta and making my own cheese sauce might make it better.

Jun 03, 2013

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

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.

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.

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!

Jul 30, 2015

1.5 cups of noodles

Jul 17, 2015

Used 8oz of shredded cheddar and 1 cup of milk. Turned out good! If you want a cheesier dish add another cup or so of cheese.


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  • 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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