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Bowl of cheeseburger macaroni on a blue background with a green napkin

Cheeseburger Macaroni Recipe

Course Main Course
Cuisine American
This delicious one pot cheeseburger macaroni recipe is perfect for a busy weeknight meal for the family. Made with simple ingredients, it can be on the table in under 30 minutes.
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Total Time 20 mins
Servings 8 servings


  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 2 tsp paprika
  • 2 tsp garlic power
  • 2 tsp onion powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 2 oz cream cheese
  • 2 1/2 cups beef broth seperated into 2 cups and 1/2 cup
  • 1 tbsp cornstarch
  • 1/2 cup half and half
  • 2 cups pasta elbow macaroni or small shells
  • 1 cup shredded cheese cheddar, monterey, colby jack work well


  • In a large deep skillet or dutch oven, brown ground beef over medium heat. If desired or needed, drain off fat. Sprinkle in spices, salt and pepper and stir to combine. Add in cream cheese and as it melts, stir to combine.
  • Once beef has been browned pour in two cups of beef broth. Add cornstarch to the remaining beef broth until well combined, with no clumps remaining. Pour into beef and broth mixture in pan, and stir to combine.
  • Add in half and half and dried pasta. Bring to a simmer. Cover and let simmer for approximately 8-10 minutes, stirring occasionally.*
  • Add in cheese, and either stir to combine, or allow to melt on top by removing pan from burner and letting sit covered for 2-3 minutes. Serve immediately.


*Different shapes and brands of pasta cook at different times, meaning there is variability in the cook time. Start by cooking your pasta mixture for the minimum amount of time listed on the pasta package directions. At that point check pasta by tasting a piece or two, to see if it's done to your liking. Pasta should be cooked, but al dente. Avoid over cooking pasta. 


Calories: 299kcal | Carbohydrates: 14g | Protein: 17g | Fat: 19g | Saturated Fat: 9g | Cholesterol: 65mg | Sodium: 872mg | Potassium: 286mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 527IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 115mg | Iron: 2mg