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4.89 from 52 votes

BEST Homemade Cheeseburger Macaroni (Hamburger Helper Copycat)

No junk ingredients and tastes WAY better than store-bought!
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Total Time20 mins
Servings: 6 servings
Calories: 565kcal
Author: Kimberly Killebrew

Ingredients

  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 tablespoon avocado oil
  • 1 small onion ,finely chopped
  • 3 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons sweet paprika
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 tablespoon all-purpose flour (Gluten Free: dissolve 1 tablespoon cornstarch in the beef broth)
  • 2 cups whole milk
  • 1 3/4 cup natural non-MSG beef broth
  • 2 cups dried whole wheat elbow macaroni pasta
  • (Gluten Free: Use GF Macaroni)
  • 2 cups shredded Cheddar cheese

Instructions

  • Heat the oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat and brown the ground beef until no pink remains. Add the onions and cook until softened, about 5 minutes. Stir in the tomato paste, seasonings and flour. Pour in the milk and broth and stir. Stir in the macaroni.
  • Bring to a boil then reduce to medium-low, cover and simmer for 10-12 minutes or until the macaroni is done. For al dente check after 9 minutes.
  • Stir in the Cheddar cheese until melted.
  • Serve immediately garnished with some chopped fresh parsley if desired.

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Calories: 565kcal | Carbohydrates: 36g | Protein: 31g | Fat: 33g | Saturated Fat: 15g | Cholesterol: 101mg | Sodium: 905mg | Potassium: 685mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 925IU | Vitamin C: 3.1mg | Calcium: 398mg | Iron: 3.4mg