One Pot Cheeseburger Macaroni

My fellas love this “from scratch” version of “old school”Cheeseburger Helper. No canned soups, no ingredients you can’t pronounce and ready from start to finish in about 30 minutes plus you dirty only one skillet. I’ll take that and call it a great recipe any day!

One Pot Cheeseburger Macaroni (slightly adapted from Iowa Girl Eats)

One Pot Cheeseburger Macaroni

One Pot Cheeseburger Macaroni


  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 2 teaspoons paprika
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon turbinado sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 cup hot water
  • 2 cups whole milk
  • 1 1/2 cups whole wheat elbow macaroni
  • 1 cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese


  1. Brown ground beef in large skillet. Drain and return to pan.
  2. Mix cornstarch and other seasonings in small bowl. Pour seasoning mixture into skillet.
  3. Slowly add hot water, then milk. Stir well.
  4. Add pasta and combine with other ingredients.
  5. Reduce heat, and place a lid on top of the skillet. Simmer for 10-15 minutes or until pasta is done stirring a couple of times to ensure ingredients don’t stick.
  6. Turn off the heat, remove the lid and top shredded cheddar cheese.
  7. Let stand for 5 minutes, or until cheese is melted and sauce is thickened.



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