Friday, August 17, 2018

Homemade (Hamburger Helper) Cheeseburger Macaroni Skillet

A quick and easy homemade cheeseburger and macaroni skillet dinner. Better than the box!
A quick and easy homemade cheeseburger and macaroni skillet dinner. Better than the box!

Homemade (Hamburger Helper) Cheeseburger Macaroni Skillet

If you've followed Deep South Dish for any length of time, y'all probably already figured out that I do love me a quick and easy skillet meal, especially on these hot summer days.

This one is no exception, but back when I was a young, young bride, I sure relied on that handy dandy boxed pasta meal. It was quick and easy after working all day and I actually liked the way it tasted. The lasagna one was a personal favorite.

I admit, it's been a super long time since I've tried them, because a homemade version is really not much more work, so long as you keep a well stocked pantry, including some standard dried herbs.

Okay, granted. This might be a little overkill. 😂

Anyway.... here's how to make my Homemade Cheeseburger Macaroni Skillet. As always, full measurements and instructions, along with a printable document are located further down the page. Just scroll on down a bit.

Gather up your seasonings and mix those up. You'll add them in a bit. Sauté some onion in a little melted bacon drippings or butter, add ground beef and brown, then drain off any excess fat. Return to skillet with some flour and cook and stir for a couple minutes. Add seasoning mix, ketchup, Worcestershire sauce and hot sauce. If you want a little richer base, use a quality beef stock or the beef base with water and the milk is fine and what I used here.

Bring everything up to a boil, stir in macaroni and half of cheese. I used a colby and cheddar blend of pre-shredded cheese but use whatever your favorite cheese is. It is, however, important that your pasta is covered with liquid and since elbows can vary in size among brands, if the pasta isn't covered with these measurements, simply increase water. Reduce to a simmer, cover and cook for about 15 minutes, or just until macaroni is tender and most of liquid has been absorbed. Uncover, taste and adjust seasonings, top with remaining cheese, remove from heat, cover and let cheese melt.

Dig in!

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