Tonight my youngest brother in law came over for dinner. I had defrosted a pound of hamburger and I needed to come up with a meal all would eat. So, I did what my friend Karen did. She had just told me this afternoon how she had googled ground beef recipes and came up with meatloaf. I tried a similar search and came up with cheeseburger macaroni. I found a recipe online that sounded good and then modified it (as I usually do). This is what I ended up making...Cheeseburger Mac
1 lb ground beef
- 3/4 cup onions, minced
- 1-2 tsp. minced garlic (or 1 1/4 tsp. garlic powder added with the spices)
- 1 1/2 Tbsp butter
- 3 cups milk
- 1 1/2 cup cold water
- 12 oz. or 3 cups elbow macaroni, uncooked (you could also use small shells or rotini)
- 3/4 tsp sugar
- 1 1/2 tsp salt
- 1/3 tsp black pepper
- 1 1/4 tsp oregano
- 1 Tbsp. fresh parsley, minced or 1 tsp. dried
- 3/4 tsp chili powder
- 1 1/2 tsp paprika
- 2 cups mild cheddar cheese, shredded
- 6 oz. American cheese
Additional 1/3-1/2 cup milk
2-4 Tbsp sour cream (optional)
- 1. Brown ground beef and onions.
- 2. Turn off the heat and place a paper towel in the pan and swish it around to absorb any grease in the pan. Repeat with another paper towel if there's still more grease.
- 3. Add the rest of the ingredients, except for the cheddar and American cheese.
- Add remaining ingredients except for the cheese.
- 4. Stir and bring to a boil over medium heat.
- 5. Reduce heat to low, cover, and cook until pasta is tender). Check the noodles and stir after 5 minutes, then after another 3 minutes, and then after another 3 minutes until noodles are done. Just be careful not to overcook the noodles. If there isn't enough liquid, add 1/4 cup milk at a time so that the bottom doesn't burn.
- 6. Stir in cheeses until melted. Then, add enough milk (a little at a time) to make the sauce creamy. Taste it. If you would like a little tang, start by adding 2 Tbsp of sour cream. If you want more tang, add a little more...
- Serve right away or the sauce will thicken. Add a little milk before stirring if it thickens too much.
This was enough to serve my family of 5 plus 1 eighteen year old boy and have a little bit for leftovers.
All three of my kids ate dinner (and 2 had seconds), so this recipe is going in the recipe box. My husband and brother in law also gave it a thumbs up--especially since it's pretty quick and easy!