Cheeseburger Macaroni

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A homemade version of the classic cheeseburger macaroni that's comforting, hearty and wholesome.


  • 12 ounces whole grain elbow macaroni
  • 2 tablespoons oil or butter
  • ½ medium yellow onion, peeled and diced
  • 1-pound lean ground beef
  • 1 ¾ teaspoons coarse salt
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano leaves
  • ½ teaspoon celery salt
  • ½ teaspoon dried mustard powder
  • ½ teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 5 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups unsalted beef stock
  • 2 cups milk (of choice)
  • 2 cups shredded mild cheddar cheese
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce


  1. Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Cook the pasta according to package directions. Drain and set aside.
  2. Heat the oil or butter in a large stock pot to medium. Add the onion and sauté 3-4 minutes or until slightly soft.
  3. Add the ground beef and sauté 5-6 minutes or until browned, breaking up the meat with a wooden spoon as it cooks.
  4. Stir in the salt, onion powder, garlic powder, oregano, salt, mustard powder and black pepper and sauté 30-60 seconds or until the seasonings are fragrant.
  5. Stir in the flour and cook 1-2 minutes, stirring constantly.
  6. Add the stock and bring to a simmer for 2-3 minutes or until slightly thickened.
  7. Stir in the milk and bring to a simmer for 5-6 minutes or until thickened, stirring frequently.
  8. Remove from the heat and stir in the cheese and Worcestershire sauce.
  9. Taste and adjust seasoning, if necessary.
  10. Fold in the cooked macaroni. Serve.