Homemade Cheeseburger Macaroni

  • 1 tsp olive oil
  • 1 pound 85% ground beef
  • 1/2 medium onion, chopped
  • 2 cups beef broth
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/2 cup ketchup
  • 1/4 tomato paste
  • 2 tsp garlic powder  (used real garlic, 3 small cloves, minced)
  • 2 1/2 cups dry pasta
  • 3 Tbs butter
  • 3 Tbs flour
  • 1 cup milk
  • 2 cups cheddar cheese, shredded
  • fresh parsley, minced

Cheeseburger Pasta

Heat olive oil in large skillet over medium high heat and add hamburger. Break into chunks with spoon and cook, for about five minutes. Add onion and cook for another five minutes or until hamburger is cooked through and onion is softened. Add broth, water, ketchup, tomato paste, garlic powder and salt and pepper and stir to combine. Add pasta and bring to boil then reduce to simmer (I covered with a lid)  and cook for about 10 minutes or until pasta is al dente and liquid was reduced.

Meanwhile, melt butter in another pan over medium high heat. Add flour and whisk for 1 – 2 minutes or until flour is cooked through. Add milk and whisk until smooth. Cook until sauce begins to thicken, about 4 – 5 minutes. Remove from heat and add cheese. Stir until cheese is melted and sauce is smooth.

Add cheese sauce to hamburger mixture and stir combine. Garnish with parsley and serve.

7 January 2015 – used real garlic and added at the end of cooking the beef and onions. Used the America’s Test Kitchen trick when I added the tomato paste first and let it sauté for a couple of minutes to bring out the umami (cool, I think I spelled that correctly – but maybe not). Then added all the liquids. Was a different way for me to cook pasta.

I did put a lid on the pot because I was concerned the pasta (fusilli – DeCecco) would not cook to al dente before the liquid evaporated – glad I did. Very flavorful. Made my usual béchamel (you just eye-ball it really, but the ratio of butter to flour was correct in this recipe) with cheddar then added – just like for my Mom’s mac n cheese. Was a little concerned it would be too cheesy for the Man of the House, but it just ended up being really creamy and SR enjoyed it – that made me happy. Hope the Boy likes it too – think he will.

My Mom made a elbow macaroni thing growing up, but this was not it. Although, I think if she had seen this, she would have jumped on it. Simple – really only two pots and she made béchamel on a regular basis, so a no brainer really.

I did made the ground beef, onion, garlic bit a couple of days ago and finished it tonight. I like meals, crackers, cookies, etc. that you can do over a few days. Makes it easier.

Think Know it will even better tomorrow.
Originally from FoodieCrush

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