Mac and Cheeseburger

This Mac & Cheeseburger is the perfect comfort food. Not your typical Gourmet Mac & Cheese as it’s less cheesy than most others. Nonetheless this Mac & Cheese will be a hit!

mac and cheeseburger

Frequent visitors to my food blog will know that there is nothing I love more than a good Gourmet Mac and Cheese.

I usually prefer my Mac & Cheese to be heavy on cheese but sometimes it’s nice for the cheese to be in moderation. Just like this Mac and Cheeseburger recipe.

mac and cheeseburger

For this recipe, I decided to use Tri-Color Rotini but just like any Mac & Cheese recipe, you can use whatever type of pasta you want.

While you can pretty much use any brand of cream cheese, I highly recommend you use Philadelphia brand cream cheese. You will taste the difference.

The important thing to remember is to cook the pasta al dente by following the directions on the package. Overcooked pasta in Mac & Cheese is just not as good in my opinion.

mac and cheeseburger

I often get asked why add ground mustard to cheese sauce. Basically the ground mustard makes the cheese “cheesier”.

When making Mac and Cheese, it’s important to cook the pasta al dente to ensure to best texture possible. If you are not familiar with the term “al dente”, it means cooking the pasta so it’s still chewy and form and that it will hold its shape when the sauce is added to it.

mac and cheeseburger

I usually make this Mac & Cheese dish with ground beef but on a few occasions, I have used ground turkey. Either one will taste great! Remember that if you use ground beef, try to get it as lean as possible.

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How to Handle Raw Beef

  • Thaw raw ground beef on a plate on the lowest shelf of the refrigerator, to avoid dripping onto other foods.
  • Keep raw and ready-to-eat meats separate.
  • Wash hands thoroughly before and after handling raw ground beef. Wash cutting boards, bowls, and utensils used to prepare raw ground beef with hot soapy water and rinse well.
  • Use separate plates to carry raw ground beef patties to the cooking area and cooked patties to the serving area.
  • Use a Thermometer to ensure Ground Beef Reaches the Safely Cooked Internal Temperature of 160°F.

Another of my favorite recipes to make is my One Pot Chili Mac and Cheese. Super easy to make!

mac and cheeseburger

You will need the following ingredients to make this Mac and Cheeseburger recipe. For ingredient amounts please refer to the printable recipe card at the bottom of this post.

  • Pasta – I often use Rotini when making Mac and Cheese
  • Lean Ground Beef – as lean as possible to avoid excess grease
  • Yellow Onion
  • Worcestershire Sauce
  • Dry Mustard
  • Diced Tomatoes
  • Low-fat Milk
  • All Purpose Flour
  • Cheddar Cheese – mild or sharp, your choice
  • Cream Cheese – I like Philadelphia brand (no affiliation)
  • Parsley
  • Kosher Salt
  • Ground Black Pepper
  1. Cook pasta al dente according to package directions. Drain and set aside.
    rainbow pasta in saucepan
  2. Heat a large skillet over medium heat. Add beef, onion, Worcestershire, and mustard. Cook, stirring often until meat is done. Transfer meat mixture to a bowl. Stir in tomatoes.
    beef mixture in a skillet
  3. Add milk and flour into skillet. Stir constantly until a rue is formed. Add cheeses and stir until all the cheese is melted.
  4. Remove skillet from heat. Stir in pasta and meat mixture. Top with parsley (optional), salt, and pepper.
    mac and cheeseburger

Printable Recipe Card

mac and cheeseburger

Mac and Cheeseburger

This Mac & Cheeseburger is the perfect comfort food. Not your typical Gourmet Mac & Cheese as it’s less cheesy than most others. Nonetheless this Mac & Cheese will be a hit!
5 from 4 votes
Prep Time5 minutes
Cook Time25 minutes
Total Time30 minutes
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Servings 6
Calories 483 kcal

Equipment

  • Saucepan
  • Skillet
  • Bowl for Mixing

Ingredients
 

  • 15 oz Pasta
  • 1 lb Lean Ground Beef
  • ¼ Cup Yellow Onion, diced
  • 1 Tsp Worcestershire Sauce
  • ½ Tsp Ground Dry Mustard
  • 14.5 oz Diced Tomatoes, drained
  • 1 Cup Low-fat Milk
  • 1 ½ Tsp All Purpose Flour
  • 3 oz Cheddar Cheese, shredded
  • 3 Tbsp Cream Cheese
  • 2 Tbsp Dried Parsley Flakes, optional
  • ½ Tsp Kosher Salt
  • ¼ Tsp Ground Black Pepper

Instructions
 

  • Cook pasta al dente according to package directions. Drain and set aside.
  • Heat a large skillet over medium heat. Add beef, onion, Worcestershire, and mustard. Cook, stirring often, until meat is done. Transfer meat mixture to a bowl. Stir in tomatoes.
  • Add milk and flour into skillet. Stir constantly until a rue is formed. Add cheeses and stir until all the cheese is melted. 
  • Remove skillet from heat. Stir in pasta and meat mixture. Top with parsley (optional), salt, and pepper.

Nutrition

Calories: 483kcalCarbohydrates: 59gProtein: 31gFat: 12gSaturated Fat: 6gCholesterol: 71mgSodium: 485mgPotassium: 656mgFiber: 3gSugar: 6gVitamin A: 505IUVitamin C: 8.6mgCalcium: 203mgIron: 3.6mg

Nutritional information provided for this recipe is based on 1 serving. This information is an estimate and may vary based on several factors. If nutritional information is important to you and your diet, please verify this recipe with a Registered Dietitian.

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2 Comments

  1. Jessie says:

    This Mac and cheese is the best I have ever had. Very flavourful and delicious.

  2. Marcy says:

    This pasta dish is great. First time making it and it was a big hit. Family and friends just loved it. Instead of the ground beef I used the ground turkey.

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