This originally was my guest post that appeared on Spatulas on Parade .
As I was driving home from visiting my dad that day, it hit me! We're tired of cheeseburgers but how about a cheeseburger casserole? Yum!
I took the basic principles of classic macaroni and cheese, tweaked it a little bit and here you go: Cheeseburger Casserole
When you make it, you may find that you will want a little more, or less, of one thing or other. This is one of those recipes that won't be hurt by changing it up.
3 cups uncooked elbow macaroni (¾ of a 16 oz box)
3 tablespoons butter
3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
1 1/2 cups milk
3 ounces processed cheese food (eg. Velveeta), cubed
2 cups ground beef, cooked & drained
1 tsp dry onion flakes
1 cup shredded Cheddar cheese
Preheat oven to 350°
Preheat oven to 350°
- Prepare the elbow macaroni per directions on the package. Use a large sauce pan. (You will be mixing in it later on.) Drain.
- While the macaroni is boiling, melt butter in another sauce pan.
- Add the flour, salt and pepper to the melted butter and mix with a fork till it is a smooth paste.
- Gradually add the milk, stirring.
- Cut the Velveeta into cubes and add to the milk mixture.
- Heat on medium, stirring regularly so that it doesn't burn, until the mixture thickens.
- Add the sauce to the macaroni and mix through with a spoon.
- "Fry" the ground beef using a large non-stick skillet. Sprinkle the dry onion flakes onto the beef before it finishes cooking.
- "Work" the ground beef, as it is cooking, so that it is in small chunks.
- Assemble the casserole in either smaller casserole baking dishes or a 13" X 9" baking pan from which you can dish up the casserole into a bowl or on a plate.
- Spray casserole dish with non-stick spray.
- Fill the pan(s) with the macaroni 1/2 way up.
- Add a thin layer of the cooked, drained hamburger.
- Cover with another layer of macaroni.
- Sprinkle the top with more hamburger.
- Bake at 350° for 30 minutes
- Sprinkle the top with shredded cheddar cheese and return to oven.
- Heat until cheese is melted.
- Have a bottle of ketchup available for those who like ketchup on their burgers. They'll love it.
- This casserole tastes great the first time around. It is even better the next day. Just reheat in the microwave. Use the leftovers as a side-dish with hot dogs cooked on the grill. Mmmmm.