Get ready for a homemade, healthier twist on the beloved boxed dinner – introducing the Cheeseburger Macaroni Skillet, aka the ultimate Hamburger Helper upgrade.
This one-skillet wonder seamlessly brings together seasoned ground beef and onions, simmered alongside pasta in a rich tomato sauce infused with beef broth, and crowned with a generous layer of gooey cheese. Plus, the best part? It’s a quick and delightful 30-minute dinner that’ll have everyone craving seconds!”
How to Make Cheeseburger Macaroni Skillet
- Heat up a large skillet over medium heat with a little EVOO. Once it’s hot, toss in the ground beef, diced onion, and green pepper. Let the beef brown to perfection, breaking it up as it cooks. Once it’s done, drain any excess fat if needed.
- Add a delightful array of spices, including paprika, parsley, garlic powder (or fresh garlic if you prefer), cayenne pepper, sea salt, and pepper.
- Now it’s time to make the sauce: Pour in the milk, beef broth, diced tomatoes (optional), Dijon mustard, and tomato sauce. As the skillet starts to bubble, introduce the uncooked elbow macaroni into the mix. Stir everything with care, ensuring that each pasta piece gets a chance to soak up all the mouthwatering flavors.
- Lower the heat to a gentle simmer, cover the skillet, and let the magic happen. Allow the pasta to cook, stirring occasionally to prevent any sticking.
- The grand finale comes with the addition of two cups of shredded cheese and a sprinkle of freshly grated Parmesan cheese.
- Once the cheese is melted to perfection, your Cheeseburger Macaroni Skillet is ready to serve and steal the show at dinner time. Get ready for the whole family to gather around, eager to savor each savory and satisfying bite.
USELESS FACTS YOU SHOULD KNOW:
- Customizable Ingredients: This recipe is highly adaptable to suit different taste preferences. You can easily customize the ingredients by adding vegetables like diced tomatoes, bell peppers, or mushrooms for extra nutrition and color. Additionally, feel free to use different types of cheese, such as cheddar, mozzarella, or a blend of your favorites, to create your own unique cheeseburger macaroni masterpiece.
- Make It Gluten-Free: If you or your family members follow a gluten-free diet, no worries! You can easily swap the regular elbow macaroni for gluten-free pasta, ensuring everyone can enjoy this delicious and comforting dish. With this simple substitution, everyone can indulge in the cheesy goodness without any gluten concerns.
- Meal Prep and Leftovers: The Cheeseburger Macaroni Skillet is a fantastic option for meal prepping or enjoying leftovers. Simply store any extra portions in airtight containers in the refrigerator for easy and quick reheating throughout the week. This makes it an ideal option for busy weeknights or lunchtime at the office.
- Family-Friendly Dish: This dish is a guaranteed hit with kids and adults alike. The combination of creamy cheese and comforting pasta with the rich flavors of seasoned ground beef creates a meal that’s both familiar and incredibly satisfying.
- Budget-Friendly: With simple and affordable ingredients, the Cheeseburger Macaroni Skillet is a budget-friendly option that doesn’t compromise on taste. It’s a great choice for families looking to enjoy a wholesome and flavorful meal without breaking the bank.
- Pairing Options: Wondering what to serve with this delectable skillet? It pairs wonderfully with a fresh garden salad, steamed vegetables, or even a side of garlic bread. The possibilities are endless!
- Freezer-Friendly: Want to prepare this dish in advance or make a larger batch? The Cheeseburger Macaroni Skillet is freezer-friendly! Portion out any leftovers into freezer-safe containers, and you’ll have an easy-to-reheat meal waiting for you on busy days.
With its wholesome ingredients and vibrant flavors, this one-skillet wonder proves that homemade meals can be not only healthier but also incredibly delectable. Say goodbye to the boxed version and embrace the goodness of this Cheeseburger Macaroni Skillet for a heartwarming, comforting, and oh-so-delicious dinner option that will become an instant favorite at your table. Enjoy! 🍝🧀🌟
CHEESEBURGER MACARONI SKILLET (HAMBURGER HELPER)
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A homemade, healthier version of the famous boxed dinner. Seasoned ground beef and onions simmer alongside pasta in tomato sauce and beef broth and is then topped with cheese for a one skillet 30 minute dinner.
- 1 – ½ lbs. Ground Beef
- ½ Cup Onion, diced
- ½ Cup Green Pepper, diced (optional)
- 1 teaspoon Paprika
- 1 teaspoon Parsley
- 1 teaspoon Garlic Powder (you can use fresh too)
- ¼ teaspoon Cayenne Pepper
- ¼ tsp Sea Salt and pepper to taste
- 2 tsp Dijon mustard
- 1 ½ Cups Whole Milk
- 1 ½ Cups Beef Broth
- 1 /2 (15 oz) Can Diced Tomatoes (optional)
- 2 Cups Elbow Macaroni, uncooked (whole wheat will add a few min to the cooking time)
- 1 Cup Tomato Sauce (try to find one with low sugar or make your own)
- 2 Cups Cheese, shredded
- 2 Tbsp Parmesan Cheese, freshly grated
- Heat a large skillet over medium heat. Brown the ground beef, onion and green pepper (if using), breaking up the beef as it cooks. When done, drain if necessary and add the paprika, parsley, garlic powder, cayenne, salt and pepper. Stir.
- Stir in the milk, broth, diced tomatoes, Dijon mustard and tomato sauce. Bring to a boil, add the pasta and stir. Reduce heat to a simmer and cover. Cook for 10-12 minutes or until pasta is tender. Stir occasionally to prevent sticking.
- Stir in shredded cheese and parmesan cheese until melted.
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