Thursday, January 12, 2012

Macaroni & Cheese... burger

This is my third time making this original recipe (inspired by Ina Garten) and if I do say so myself, it is delicious! Todd thinks it tastes so much like a cheeseburger, he drizzles ketchup over the top! His Todd Rating is an 8.6. I really think I am on a cheeseburger kick after my Cheeseburger Meatloaf but hey, I can't help it! Cheeseburgers are soooo good!

This recipe is fairly easy to make and only took me about 30 minutes. Not too bad, right?

  • 1.5 lb 93% lean beef (I used turkey this time)
  • 1 tbs dijon mustard
  • Olive oil
  • 1 tsp thyme
  • 3 tsp garlic
  • S&P
  • 1/2 lb American cheese (I used a package of 24 singles)
  • 1 lb elbows
  • 1 quart milk (4 c)
  • 1/2 stick butter
  • 1/4 c flour
  • Italian bread crumbs (optional)
  1. Heat olive oil in a skillet. In a bowl, mix the beef, mustard, thyme, garlic and S&P. Brown the beef mixture in  the skillet. Drain cooked beef.
  2. Bring water to a rapid boil. Add some olive oil and a small handful of salt. Boil elbows according to package directions.
  3. Using the empty pasta pot, slowly heat the milk, stirring frequently. Shred cheese into small pieces and stir into warm milk. Stir until melted, on low heat.
  4. Melt butter in a small microwavable bowl. Whisk in flour. 
  5. Whisk butter mixture into melted cheese mixture. The cheese sauce should thicken almost immediately.
  6. Add the pasta and beef back into the cheese mixture and stir until well combined.
  7. You may eat it now or bake it in the oven.
  8. If the sauce is still too runny, let it sit for 10 minutes (if you can wait that long!) and it will thicken up nicely.
  9. To bake it in the oven, grease a casserole dish. Pour all the pasta into the dish and cover with bread crumbs. Bake at 350 until bubbly and golden brown. 
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  1. This looks so darn good especially on these cold winter nights. YUM! Thanks so much for sharing and for visiting with me:-)

  2. I appreciate you linking this up, Lindsey - it looks like a great dinner. However, the idea behind Friday Favorite Finds is that you share a recipe you haven't made yet. I hope you'll continue to join us and share a list of those recipes that made your "to try" pile!

    1. Oops! Sorry about that! Totally missed that in my excitement to link up! :)

  3. That looks delicious and like something my kids would eat!

    1. Thanks Shelley! It is a great kid-friendly food!

  4. Yum - I know I would love this!

  5. Replies
    1. Thanks for stopping by Teresa! Let me know what you think when you make it! :)

  6. sounds yummy! will have to add it to our rotation!

    1. Thanks! So glad you stopped by. Let me know what you think when you try it!

  7. Yummy! I posted a link to this on my blog...thru my pinterest board.
    Jennifer @ The Craft Barn


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