Sometimes you just want to push the easy button on dinner.

Sometimes when you start on this cooking from scratch journey, you miss the days of the boxed dinner.  The simplicity of it.  Browning some ground beef and dumping a packet in the skillet and calling it a day sounds mighty fine at the end of a long day.

Since we’ve been without a real kitchen for well over a month now, everything I’ve been making is super easy and usually only requires one dish.  Doing dishes in the bathtub or bathroom sink is not very appealing.

This easy cheeseburger macaroni is very similar in taste and level of difficulty to your old boxed food days of hamburger helper.  Brown some ground beef, dump in some seasonings, liquid, and macaroni.  Simmer and melt in some cheese.

Simple, folks.

I purposefully kept the seasonings of this dish simple, but if you would like to jazz it up a bit more, feel free to add in some kick like maybe some taco seasoning, hot sauce, a squirt of dijon, or really anything that your heart desires.  You can even play around with the cheese if you wish to branch out a bit and add some variety to your sauce.  I chose a basic cheddar cheese, but many other cheeses will work fine.

Hit the easy button tonight, tired mama or daddy.  You need a break.

Cheeseburger macaroni from scratch
Serves 4
A homemade version of hamburger helper boxed cheeseburger macaroni.
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Prep Time
3 min
Cook Time
12 min
Total Time
15 min
Prep Time
3 min
Cook Time
12 min
Total Time
15 min
652 calories
38 g
139 g
35 g
43 g
19 g
358 g
1208 g
8 g
1 g
13 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
358g
Servings
4
Amount Per Serving
Calories 652
Calories from Fat 315
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 35g
55%
Saturated Fat 19g
94%
Trans Fat 1g
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 12g
Cholesterol 139mg
46%
Sodium 1208mg
50%
Total Carbohydrates 38g
13%
Dietary Fiber 1g
6%
Sugars 8g
Protein 43g
Vitamin A
16%
Vitamin C
0%
Calcium
58%
Iron
16%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Ingredients
  1. 1 lb. ground beef
  2. 1 tsp. garlic powder
  3. 1 1/4 tsp salt
  4. 1/4 tsp pepper
  5. 2 tsp non-GMO cornstarch or arrowroot
  6. 2 c. milk
  7. 1 c. water
  8. 1 1/2 c. macaroni noodles
  9. 2 c. cheddar cheese, shredded
Instructions
  1. Brown ground beef and drain off any grease.
  2. Add garlic powder, salt, pepper, and cornstarch.
  3. Pour in milk, water, noodles, and stir.
  4. Bring to a bubble, reduce heat to a simmer. Cover and cook for 10-12 minutes or until noodles are cooked. You may need to stir every few minutes to prevent sticking.
  5. Stir in cheese and serve hot.
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calories
652
fat
35g
protein
43g
carbs
38g
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