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Cheeseburger Mac and Cheese Casserole

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  • Author: Crafting a Family
  • Prep Time: 30 minutes
  • Cook Time: 35 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour 5 minutes
  • Yield: 8 servings 1x
  • Category: Casserole
  • Method: Baking
  • Cuisine: American

Description

A cheesy cheeseburger mac and cheese casserole that is kid friendly and perfect for a crowd. If the kids love cheeseburgers and mac and cheese this recipe will soon be a family favorite.  3 Steps to a delicious casserole – bake for 30 minutes


Ingredients

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  • One box of pasta
  • One pot of boiling water
  • 1 1/2 pounds of ground beef
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil (or vegetable oil)
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon basil
  • 1 teaspoon oregano
  • Salt & Pepper
  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • 4 tablespoons flour
  • 4 cups of warmed milk
  • 2 cups of shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1 1/2 cups grated parmesan cheese
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 onion powder

Instructions

  1. Set a large pot of water to boil, and add a pinch of salt.
  2. When water is boiling add pasta and cook per the time on the box for less 1 or 2 minutes so the pasta is cooked al dente.
  3. In a large skillet add the ground beef to brown, when almost done, drain off excess fat and add the garlic powder, onion powder, basil, oregano salt, and pepper.  Cook so no longer pink. Take off the heat.
  4. In a medium saucepan place on medium heat, add the butter until it melts, then add the flour and cook on low for 1 minute. (this cooks out the flour taste, but do not brown, you are making a roux)
  5. While the roux is cooking, warm the milk in the microwave for about 1 and 1/2 minutes, just to take the chill off.
  6. After the flour-butter mixture has cooked for one minute, add the milk a little at a time mixing with a whisk. When the milk is all added take a spatula and make sure that the roux is not stuck on the sides.
  7. Stir constantly with the whisk and as it starts to thicken about 5 minutes add the cheddar cheese and parmesan cheese. Heat while constantly whisking until hot, thick, and bubble, about 10 minutes
  8. Finally, add the remaining 1/2 teaspoon of garlic powder and onion powder. Take off the heat.
  9. In a large mixing bowl, mix half at a time, the cooked pasta, the ground beef, and the cheese sauce.
  10. When all mixed put in a greased 13×9 baking dish. Bake at 350° for 35 minutes.

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