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This Cheeseburger Macaroni is an easy and quick one-pot dish with lots of flavor, which rivals boxed Mac and Cheese or Hamburger Helper.
Cheeseburger Macaroni
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
15 mins
Total Time
25 mins

This Cheeseburger Macaroni is a take on American Goulash. An easy and quick one-pot dish with lots of flavor, which rivals boxed Mac and Cheese or Hamburger Helper.

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: cheeseburger macaroni, hamburger helper, mac and cheese, recipe
Servings: 6
Calories: 384 kcal
  • 2 1/2 cups low-sodium chicken broth
  • 2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
  • 1/2 cup ketchup
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 2 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 pound lean ground beef
  • 1 medium sweet onion , diced
  • 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 2 cups uncooked macaroni
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • chopped parsley , for garnish, optional
  1. In a medium bowl, whisk together the broth, mustard, ketchup, tomato paste, garlic powder and salt. Set aside.
  2. In a large skillet over medium-high heat, warm the olive oil. Brown the beef and onions, breaking apart the meat, until the onions are soft and the meat is cooked through, about 3 minutes. Add the red pepper flakes and combine. Drain off grease and return pan to heat.
  3. Give your broth mixture a quick stir and pour it into the meat. Bring to a boil and add the macaroni.
  4. Reduce the heat to medium, and cover. Continue cooking for 10-12 minutes, until the pasta is tender, stirring a few times to make sure the pasta isn’t sticking to the bottom of the pan.
  5. When the macaroni is done, sprinkle the grated cheese on top. Stir until melted, about 1 minute, and serve immediately.
Nutrition Facts
Cheeseburger Macaroni
Amount Per Serving
Calories 384 Calories from Fat 117
% Daily Value*
Fat 13g20%
Saturated Fat 6g30%
Cholesterol 67mg22%
Sodium 835mg35%
Potassium 631mg18%
Carbohydrates 38g13%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 9g10%
Protein 28g56%
Vitamin A 397IU8%
Vitamin C 5mg6%
Calcium 170mg17%
Iron 3mg17%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.