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Cheeseburger Macaroni

Cheeseburger Macaroni Bake

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Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour 30 minutes
Servings: 8
Calories: 585kcal
Author: Organize Yourself Skinny


  • For the ground beef:
  • 1 lb 90% lean ground beef
  • 1 tsp hamburger seasoning
  • 1 tsp granulated garlic
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 1 tbsp worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp black pepper
  • 1 lb whole grain elbow macaroni or shells
  • For the sauce:
  • 1 tablespoon butter salted or unsalted
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • 3 cups 1% milk
  • 2 cups chicken stock
  • 1 teaspoon granulated garlic
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 4 cups shredded cheddar
  • 1/2 cup grated romano cheese
  • salt as needed


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Add the macaroni and cook for 5 minutes. The macaroni will still have a bite to it. Drain and place into a 9 x 13 baking dish. Set aside.
  • In a large skillet cook the ground beef over medium heat. When there's only a little pink left add in the hamburger seasoning, granulated garlic, onion powder. worcestershire sauce, salt, and pepper. Stir until it evenly distributed among the beef. Place in the 9 x13 dish with the macaroni.
  • In the same pot you made the macaroni in melt the tablespoon of butter over low heat.
  • Quickly whisk in the flour until it forms a paste of sorts then pour and whisk in the chicken stock and milk.
  • Stir in the granulated garlic, onion, and black pepper.
  • Cook sauce over medium to high heat until it becomes bubbly and starts to thicken. This can take up to 10 minutes or so, Whisk every couple minutes so the flour or milk doesn't stick and burn at the bottom.
  • Once the sauce begins to bubble (not boil) remove from heat and slowly stir in cheddar and romano cheese.
  • Taste for salt. Add 1/2 teaspoon at a time until you get the desired flavor.
  • Cover with foil and bak for 60 minutes. In the last 10 minutes remove the foil.
  • Let sit for about 5 minutes and then serve.


Meal prep tips
This recipe can be prepped a few different wants. First, you can prep the 1 or more of the components of the recipe ahead of time. For example, you can have the ground beef and pasta ready then just make the sauce the night you'll eat. Or you can prep all the components and put together and bake the night you eat. Second, you can prepare the entire recipe up until baking and then cover and refrigerator. The night you bake you'll probably need to add on a few more minutes to cooking time because it'll be cold. You can also freeze this recipe but my advice is to thaw completely before baking or it will take 2 hours or more to cook.
Last, you can prepare and bake the recipe completely. Then store in the refrigerator to enjoy during the week. You can also freeze into portions and then warm up using the microwave.


Serving: 1g | Calories: 585kcal | Carbohydrates: 48g | Protein: 38g | Fat: 27g | Saturated Fat: 14g | Fiber: 6g | Sugar: 6g