Hamburger Macaroni

Pasta  |  Published Jan 6, 2021  |  Updated Jan 6, 2021  |  By Tawnie

macaroni noodles in a large pot with ground beef

This made-from-scratch hamburger macaroni is better than the hamburger helper from the box and seriously easy to make!

It reminds us of childhood but with a homemade touch.

This hamburger macaroni is:

  • Made is one pot
  • A family loved meal
  • Kid-friendly and great for picky eaters
  • Perfect when you’re craving straight up comfort food
  • Ridiculously easy
  • Great to have for leftovers
  • Cheesy and so much better than the boxed version!
macaroni in a white bowl with ground beef and cheese

I’m all about a good one pot meal. I mean what’s not to love?! They are typically budget friendly meals and use lots of pantry staples and make cleaning up after dinner a breeze.

If you’re a fan of one pot meals too you’ll be sure to enjoy my One Pot Creamy Chicken Marsala Pasta and this One Pot Chicken and Rice Casserole too.

Ingredients needed

ingredients needed to make cheeseburger macaroni
  • Ground Beef: You could also use ground turkey or ground pork.
  • Macaroni Noodles: I used macaroni noodles but you could also use spiral rotini noodles, penne, shells or another short tubed pasta you have in the pantry.
    • Best part? The uncooked/dry pasta gets added right into the recipe and cooks in the broth so you don’t have to boil them before!
  • Beef Broth: Can sub for chicken broth too.
  • Cheddar cheese: I recommend using a good quality cheddar cheese and grating it yourself instead of buying pre shredded cheese. Freshly shredded cheese melts a lot better, in my opinion!
macaroni in a large blue pot with ground beef and cheese

How to make Hamburger Macaroni

  1. Heat olive oil in a large pot over medium high heat. Add beef and break up with a wooden spoon so it begins to cook.
  2. Add in the onions, salt, pepper, cornstarch and paprika. Stir and cook until beef is no longer pink.
  3. Add in garlic and cook for 1 more minute.
  4. Add in ketchup and Worcestershire. Stir to combine.
  5. Pour in dry macaroni and beef broth. Bring to a boil. Then, turn heat down to low, cover and cook for 8-10 minutes.
  6. Lastly add in the milk and cheese. Stir to combine and serve warm!
step by step photos of making hamburger mac and cheese

You’re basically making ground beef mixed with pasta and cheese…comfort food at best!

Tips and FAQ:

  • Add in extra veggies: Feel free to add in sliced mushrooms or diced red peppers when you add in the onions. It’s a great way to sneak in more veggies!
  • Sour cream: I’ve also added in sour cream when stirring in the cheese at the end for an even creamier meal. Add in 1/2 cup to make it more decadent!
  • Spice it up: feel free to add in other seasonings like red pepper flakes, onion powder, chili powder and garlic powder.
ground beef and macaroni in a white bowl

How do I reheat leftovers? When reheating leftovers I find it best to do so on the stove and add in a little milk to make it creamy again.

How long does hamburger macaroni last? This meal can keep in an air-tight container in the fridge for up to 5 days or you can freeze for up to 3 months.

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Hamburger Macaroni

Hamburger Macaroni made in one pot, perfect for busy weeknights and is way better than the box version!
4.94 from 15 reviews
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 8 people
Calories: 561kcal

Ingredients

  • 1 lb. ground beef
  • 1 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 1/2 white onion, diced
  • 1 Tbsp. cornstarch
  • 1/2 tsp. paprika
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 2 tsp. garlic, minced (2 cloves)
  • 1/4 cup ketchup
  • 1/2 tsp. Worcestershire sauce
  • 16 oz. macaroni noodles, dry (uncooked)
  • 4 cups beef broth
  • 1/4 cup whole milk
  • 3 cups shredded cheddar cheese

Instructions

  • Heat olive oil in a large pot over medium high heat. Add beef and break up with a wooden spoon so it begins to cook.
  • Add in the onions, cornstarch, paprika, salt and pepper. Stir and cook until beef is no longer pink.
  • Add in garlic. Stir and cook for 1 more minute.
  • Add in the ketchup and Worcestershire. Stir to combine.
  • Pour in the dry macaroni and beef broth. Bring to a boil.
  • Then, turn heat down to low, cover and cook for 8-10 minutes or until noodles are done.
  • Lastly add in the milk and cheese. Stir to combine. Season with salt and pepper as needed and serve warm!

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Notes

I recommend using freshly grated cheddar cheese, not the pre-shredded kind.
Be sure to add in the pasta dry. No need to cook it before! (yay!)
When reheating leftovers I find it best to do so on the stove and add in a little milk to make it creamy again.
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Nutrition

Serving: 1serving | Calories: 561kcal | Carbohydrates: 48g | Protein: 30g | Fat: 27g | Saturated Fat: 14g | Cholesterol: 86mg | Sodium: 855mg | Potassium: 435mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 492IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 347mg | Iron: 2mg

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Sherri
12 days ago

I made this last night! Only 2 people in my house so I halved the recipe. It was easy, quick and delicious! Thank you!

Deb
2 months ago

Easy and delicious, using ingredients I have on hand. What more can I ask?

Ally
5 months ago

I loved this recipe! Please make more versions of this!!

Mollie Greenway
9 months ago

My husband loves that this is basically the homemade version of Hamburger Helper. I love that I had most of the exact ingredients on hand. Only sub was using pre-shredded cheese (cheddar and Italian) and it still turned out well!

rika
9 months ago

There is no reason to purchase boxed hamburger macaroni! This recipe is so much better and definitely healthier! Yum!

Heather Johnson
9 months ago

love this! cheeseburger macaroni was my favorite hamburger helper growing up!!!

Jo
9 months ago

Ohh yummy macaroni. I made it yesterday, the taste was mind-blowing.😋

Beth
9 months ago

This looks fabulous! I’m positive it will be a family favorite at my home and pretty sure no leftovers! Delish!

Shadi Hasanzadenemati
9 months ago

I Made for a gathering and it was a hit, everyone loved it! Will definitely make it again!

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