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5 from 3 votes

Cheeseburger Macaroni Pasta

An easy homemade version of the infamous hamburger boxed dinner, this cheesy cheeseburger macaroni is a from scratch version perfect for any home cook.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Total Time30 mins
Course: Dinner, Main Course, Pasta
Cuisine: American
Servings: 8
Calories: 561kcal


For The Pasta:

  • 2 lbs lean ground beef
  • 1 lb. box of pasta elbows or small shells work best
  • 2 packets of taco seasoning
  • 2 10 oz cans diced tomatoes with green chilies
  • 4 cups beef broth

For The Cheese Sauce:

  • 4 tbsp butter
  • 4 tbsp flour
  • 1 and 1/2 cup milk
  • 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp pepper


To Make The Pasta:

  • In a dutch oven brown hamburger meat until cooked through and then drain and return meat to the pot.
  • Stir in taco seasoning, tomatoes, beef broth, and macaroni.
  • Heat to boiling, now reduce heat and cover. Simmer 12-14 minutes, stirring occasionally.

To Make The Sauce:

  • While the beef and noodle mixture cook, melt butter in a saucepan.
  • Whisk in the flour and cook over medium heat, constantly whisking for 2-3 minutes.
  • Slowly add in the milk, whisking constantly, and bring to a boil.
  • When your sauce base is smooth and thickened remove from heat and stir in the cheese until melted.
  • Add the salt and pepper to the cheese sauce.
  • Pour the cheese sauce over the hamburger mixture. Stir gently until evenly combined.
  • Remove pot from heat and let sit about 5 minutes for the sauce to thicken up and serve.


recipe adapted from Kevin & Amanda


Calories: 561kcal | Carbohydrates: 48g | Protein: 41g | Fat: 22g | Saturated Fat: 12g | Cholesterol: 115mg | Sodium: 921mg | Potassium: 691mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 535IU | Vitamin C: 4mg | Calcium: 248mg | Iron: 4.4mg