Friday, January 21, 2011

Cheeseburger Macaroni

cheeseburger macaroni

I firmly believe every busy mom needs to have a few dinnertime tricks up her sleeve. This, dear friends, is one of mine. It’s quick, it’s simple, and it’s pretty tasty. A great weeknight dinner that my kids devour.

Sure, it’s not exactly Beef Wellington, but who says every night has to be fine dining. We can slum it with hot dogs like the best of ‘em. I kid, of course, about the slumming thing. Sometimes hot dogs just rule.

Cheeseburger Pastaprintable recipe
serves 4-6

1 pound lean ground beef (this would be great with ground turkey also)
1 medium onion, finely chopped
1 1/2 tablespoon butter or Olive Oil
1 tablespoon chili powder
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1 teaspoon paprika
1 teaspoon fresh ground pepper
2 tablespoons flour
3/4 cup chicken or beef broth
1/2 cup milk
1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
8 ounces dry pasta shape of your choosing

Sauté the onion in the butter until soft and translucent. Add the beef to the pan and brown, chopping into small pieces as it cooks.

Meanwhile, cook the pasta according to package directions and drain.

Once the beef is cooked through add the chili powder, garlic powder, paprika, pepper and flour to the pan. Mix to combine well. Pour the broth into the pan and bring to a simmer, stirring occasionally, until the broth has reduced by half and is starting to thicken slightly.

Turn off the heat and add the milk and cheese to the pan, stirring to melt the cheese and combine evenly.

Mix the sauce with the pasta and serve!

Source: What’s Cooking in the Orange Kitchen


  1. This is exactly what I need for tonight. The girls are coming home at 4 and I'm taking them to a ball game at 5. They won't be home until 8. Dad comes home at 5:15. I'll have this ready at 4 and keep it in the electric skillet on warm for Dad. It's perfect that I have turkey in the freezer, an open container of broth I need to use and a jar of queso that I'll probably use in place of the cheese. Not one of my better gourmet meals, but 1) quick, 2) flexible, 3) uses stuff I don't want to throw out, 4) filling, and 5) no pork, a new criteria with a Muslim daughter in the house. (But it would be good with sausage, don't you think?)

    Love to you and the family! We love you all so much.

  2. Love it, love it, love it! It's going in the line-up for next week!

  3. Thanks, Christy! I hope you enjoy it!

  4. It is one of my favorite fast dinners. The kids love it, it reheats for lunch the next day quite well and it satisfies that comfort food need :) Hope you enjoy it! Love you too