skillet of One Pot Cheeseburger Macaroni

Ok, if there is one thing you need to know about me, it’s that I could literally eat macaroni and cheese 3 times/day…  7 days a week.  Oh, every single day.. forever.

And..  I LOVE the boxed kind and I love Hamburger Helper.  All the macaroni, homemade, baked, boiled, slow cooked, boxed, frozen.. every single one of them I love.

Well, this is in my top two.  Yes, I just said that!  It’s in my TOP 2 (along with my Ultra Creamy Slow Cooker Mac & Cheese)!!  That means wow, it’s super awesome!  To me, it’s a super close match to the boxed Hamburger Helper but you know each and every ingredient in this recipe!

The best part, it’s 20 minutes start to finish!  

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Homemade One Pot Cheeseburger Macaroni (Stove Top)

A stovetop casserole made with cheese, macaroni, and ground beef in a savory sauce.
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 4 servings



  • 1 pound lean ground beef
  • 1 medium onion diced
  • 2 cups milk
  • 1 ¼ cup chicken broth
  • 1 ½ cups uncooked elbow macaroni
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 2 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • ½ teaspoon pepper
  • 1 ¾ cups sharp cheddar cheese shredded


  • In a small bowl, combine cornstarch, garlic powder, sugar, salt, paprika, and pepper. Set aside.
  • Brown ground beef and onion in a large skillet over medium-high heat until no pink remains. Drain any fat.
  • Add milk, broth, and elbow macaroni to the beef. Stir the cornstarch and spices. Bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer covered for 9-12 minutes or until noodles are cooked adding more broth or water if needed.
  • Remove from heat and stir in cheese until melted. Serve hot.
4.72 from 66 votes

Nutrition Information

Calories: 636 | Carbohydrates: 54g | Protein: 48g | Fat: 25g | Saturated Fat: 13g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 6g | Trans Fat: 0.4g | Cholesterol: 127mg | Sodium: 1304mg | Potassium: 821mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 10g | Vitamin A: 976IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 533mg | Iron: 4mg

Nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.

Course Beef, Casserole, Dinner, Entree, Lunch, Main Course, Pasta
Cuisine American

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  1. Made this for the first time tonight. It was delicious, we did find we had to add just a little salt and pepper, which really brought out the flavor of that sharp cheddar! The kids said it is definitely something I need to make again!4 stars

  2. I’m speaking for my own stove and pans here. This was so good. I did have to add another cup of broth. I did not use sugar. I added probably 2 tablespoons ketchup and 30 dashes (who is counting !!) Worcestershire sauce with the milk and broth. Added green pepper and fresh garlic . It took about 1/2 hour on the stove, stirring occasionally. Topped with the cheese. It was yum yum. Ate too much lol ! Love your recipes and ideas!

  3. easy enough recipie but desperately needs more seasoning in the way if garlic powder, more salt, ect…will make again but will definitely adjust the seasonings.3 stars

  4. Did Daly get left out of this recipe?
    Definitely needs some, at least a half teaspoon.
    Good quick dinner for busy evening.4 stars