Cook Time: 30 minutes Difficulty: Easy
Move over boxed dinner mixes, it's so much tastier to make this dish from scratch!
Be honest, how many of you have used boxed meal mixes (Hamburger Helper, etc.) in the past? Ok, you got me! I admit, I used the boxed mixes when I first married my dear hubby 25 years ago (not that there's anything wrong with that:). Making things from scratch would have been a no-no for me. Thank goodness my dear hubby didn't marry me for my cooking back then. ;)
Ok, I'll admit another thing...I'm a cookbook nerd...remember those...cookbooks? Well, I used to (and still do) read cookbooks. The light dawned on me early in my marriage that I could make the same dishes as those boxed meals (no offense) even tastier and healthier using ingredients I could pronounce and control.
This dish not only reminds me of my first few years as a married woman, flash forward 25 years, it is my most requested dish from our kiddos. It's simple, it's easy, tasty, and the perfect meal for those busy nights.
I usually prepare this dish with our Garlic Seasoning, but decided to "pizzaz things up" this time and used our new Basil Pizzazz. Besides mixing up this recipe with different spices, I've also been know to add 2 Tablespoons of Five Vines Artisanal Ketchup for my version of Beefaroni, or to be really crazy, I've added those unsuspecting veggies while our kiddos were growing up (I know, living on the edge).
"Honey, this is your best yet", said my hubby. Ahhh! Thank goodness dear hubby stuck with me for 25 years, he would have missed out on the "Best Cheeseburger Macaroni yet"! Maybe hubby will stick around another 25 years. Who knows how good this dish will be then...but then again In another 25 years, maybe our kiddos will make it for us...from scratch;)
Thanks for stopping by. Here's how it's made.
- 1 Tablespoon (Tbsp) Olive oil
- 1 1/2 lbs. ground meat
- 1 Tablespoon (Tbsp) Cherchies® Basil Pizzazz or Cherchies® Garlic Seasoning
- 1 small onion, finely chopped
- 1 cup beef broth (For this recipe, we used 1 Tablespoon Minor's Beef Base in 1 cup water)
- 1/2 cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese
- 1/2 cup shredded Monterey Jack cheese
- 2 Tablespoons milk to thin (more or less depending on desired consistency)
- 2 cups cooked pasta
- Chopped parsley (optional garnish)
Saute onions in oil in a large skillet or dutch oven until onions are translucent. Add ground meat and Basil Pizzazz and cook until meat is cooked through. While the meat is cooking, cook the macaroni according to the package directions.
Add beef broth to the meat and stir. Now for the best part, the cheese! Add the cheese my friends (Here, in addition to the cheddar and monterary jack cheeses, I threw in the last few pieces of American cheese that I had in the refrigerator).
Drain the cooked noodles and add to the cheesy beef mixture and stir. At this point, you may want to add the milk to the thin out the sauce.
Serve this sinfully cheesy Cheeseburger Macaroni with our Strawberry Spinach Salad and our Savory Wedge Bread (also made with Basil Pizzazz) for a complete meal. Garnish with chopped parsley and enjoy! A definite family favorite!