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Cheeseburger Macaroni

Cheeseburger Macaroni is a perfectly seasoned one pot meal. It is a great indulgence on a winter day. Make your favorite vegetable for the side!

Cheeseburger Macaroni takes me back to being a collage kid learning how to cook. I would take a box of beefaroni cook it up and call it dinner for a few days. This is a grownup healthier version of that dish. 

I originally found this recipe in my Taste of Home Healthy Cooking 2014 Annual Recipes Cookbook.

Cost Per Serving $3.23 as of October 2022

If you have ZERO ingredients then this recipe will cost about $19.39.

If you have a stocked pantry this recipe will cost about $13.69.

  • Cost per serving reduces to $2.28.

I am assuming you have salt and pepper and do not add it into the recipe total cost.

Stove Top

Recipe serves: 6

Serving size: 1 ~ 1/3 cups

Equipment needed: 1 large skillet

Total time: 30 minutes


Let's grocery shop!

I am assuming you have salt and pepper. It is not included in pantry and spices. If you have a stocked pantry you will save about $5.70.

Pantry & Spices

Total: $5.70 as of October 2022

  • ketchup $1.37
  • montreal steak seasoning $2.33
  • mustard $1.00
  • onion powder $1.00


Total: $13.69 as of October 2022

  • 1 pound ground beef $5.57
  • 1 onion $0.78
  • 1 garlic bulb $0.54
  • 1 box small elbow pasta $0.92
  • 1 box beef broth 32 oz $1.33
  • 1/2 gallon milk $1.67
  • 1 block cheddar cheese $2.00
  • 1 bunch green onions $0.88

Let's prep!

Let's cook!

  1. Complete the prep from the prep tab above.
  2. Cook beef and onion until browned crumbling into small pieces. Drain if needed.
  3. Add garlic to beef cooking for 1 minute.
  4. Add to beef and bring to boil:
    • 8 oz macaroni
    • 3 cups beef broth
    • 3/4 cup milk
    • 3 tablespoons ketchup
    • 2 teaspoons Montreal steak seasoning
    • 1 teaspoon prepared mustard
    • 1/4 teaspoon onion powder
  5. Reduce heat leave uncovered 10 – 15 minutes. 
  6. Stir in cheese and top with green onions. Enjoy!

This recipe can also be found in Weekly Dinners for 2 under $45 – Menu 3

Side Options

Roasted Vegetables

Vegetables such as green beans, peas, corn, broccoli, etc. 

Side Salad

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