Cheeseburger Macaroni

Erin S. | Dinners, Dishes, and Desserts

Cheeseburger macaroni is WAY better than the box! One skillet, 20 minutes and a cheesy, comforting meal.

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I cannot believe that it is August and the summer is almost over. It is time to start thinking about back to school. With back to school comes schedules, busy nights, homework, and the scrambling that goes on each weeknight. So many families reach for the box mix or frozen dinner on those nights. Not tonight!

This one skillet dinner is better than its store bought counter part by miles. Not only does this cheeseburger macaroni taste way better, it is so much better for you. No fake chemicals and ingredients you can’t pronounce here!

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When I was growing up we had Hamburger Helper for dinner every once in a while. Mainly it was reserved for camping trips. With just a couple ingredients, and one pan, my mom could make it in our little pop-up camper kitchen.

When I got to college my roommate and I liked to cook, we just didn’t have a lot of experience. Often times we would jazz up a box of Hamburger Helper with mushrooms and other add-ins. Since I got married I think I have probably made it once or twice. My husband was never a fan. This homemade cheeseburger macaroni skillet tastes just like I remember as a kid, only better.

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This macaroni skillet comes together in about 20 minutes and only dirties one skillet. You can’t ask for much more than that on a busy night. I bumped up the health factor a little bit with a whole grain elbow pasta. No one will know the difference, and such an easy way to get a few more whole grains in your family.

Serve with fresh fruit, a Brussels sprout salad, Roasted Asparagus, or even Basil Garlic Bread and you have a healthy meal everyone will enjoy. If, by chance you have any leftovers, they are great the next day for lunch. 

Cheeseburger Macaroni Recipe

    5 Servings


  • 1 pound Ground Beef
  • 1 1/2 cups Boiling Water, hot
  • 2 cups Skim Milk
  • 2 cups Whole Grain Elbow Macaroni
  • 1 1/2 cups Cheddar Cheese, shredded
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons Cornstarch
  • 3 teaspoons Paprika
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons Onion Powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons Garlic Powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons Salt
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons Sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon Black Pepper


  1. In a large skillet brown ground beef over medium high heat. Once cooked, drain any fat that remains.
  2. Mix together all of the seasonings in a small bowl. Add to the drained beef, stir to combine. Pour in hot water, milk, and pasta. Bring to a boil. Cover, reduce heat and simmer for 10 - 12 minutes, or until pasta is cooked.
  3. Stir in cheddar cheese until melted. Remove from heat, and let stand for a few minute until the sauce thickens.
  4. Serve immediately. 


Source: Recipe adapted from
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Erin S.

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Erin is passionate about quick and easy dinners that lead to family togetherness on her blog, Dinners, Dishes & Desserts. How could we not ask her to share that passion as an Easy Dinner fanatic?