Cheeseburger Macaroni and Cheese

I love macaroni and cheese, its a great comfort food.  Comfort foods are especially good when it is winter and cold outside and all you feel like doing is staying inside.  This is an upgrade on the classic macaroni and cheese.  I thought it really did have the cheeseburger flavor.  I decided to use ground turkey instead of ground beef to make it healthier, but feel free to substitute ground beef instead. 

This upgrade on the classic mac and cheese is easy without being out of a box and tastes good too.  This is also a meal that kids would like, but it adds a little more nutrition to the standard macaroni and cheese.   My husband said that he thought it was really good and he wants to make it again.  We will be adding this to our list of meals. 

Cheeseburger Macaroni and Cheese
(Recipe adapted from Kraft Food and Family Magazine, Fall 2009)

1 lb. ground turkey (can substitute ground beef)
2 3/4 cups water
1/3 cup ketchup
1 1/2 teaspoons garlic powder
1 teaspoon Italian Seasoning
2 cups of elbow macaroni, uncooked
1/2 lb. (8 ounces) of Velveeta Cheese, cut into 1/2 inch cubes
1/4 cup of shredded cheddar cheese (optional, we used it to make it extra cheesy)

1.  Brown the ground turkey in a large skillet on medium heat, adding 1/2 teaspoon of garlic powder and the Italian Seasoning to season the meat.  Once the meat is browned, drain the fat. 

2.  Then add the water, ketchup, and remaining garlic powder, mixing well. Bring to a boil, then stir in the macaroni and cover.  Simmer on medium-low heat for 8 to 10 minutes or until the macaroni is tender. 

3.  Stir in the Velveeta and shredded cheddar cheese (if you want to make it extra cheesy) and cook until melted, stirring occasionally. 


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  1. I love cheeseburger macaroni. The ketchup sounds like an interesting ingredient, but it sure looks delicious!

  2. Blog hopping from What’s Cooking Wednesdays…I love cheeseburger mac! I’ll have to try out your recipe! Thanks for sharing!

  3. Would love you to join us on creative Thursday (which is changing this week to creative mondays ?

  4. Think we willl try this tomorrow night! Thanks for posting.

  5. Hey Alyssa. I am new to your blog. I discovered it at Party Mindie Style…following via GFC, Facebook and Pinterest. I’ve seen so many yummy things here already, I’m going to have to remember to eat something or get a snack before I visit, lol. This looks really good. I love mac n cheese also.I tried to make a baked mac n cheese dish a while ago, it didn’t turn out so good, but I might have to try this recipe. So, thank you for posting it.

    Anyway, I would love for you to stop by Skylar and if you want, feel free to follow back.

    Thanks and have a fun and safe NYE!


  6. This sure looks like one of those great dishes that we love to help us recover from all the holiday food, great comfort. Thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday. Happy New Year to you and your family and Abundant Blessings in 2012!
    Miz Helen

  7. you’re making me hungry! I’d love you to add this (and any other posts you like) to my What We Wore and Made Party over at

  8. This does sound like a great comfort food and so easy to make. A great dish for work or a school night of the week.

    Home Cooking

  9. ooo yum! this looks amazing!!! Would love for you to come over and share at my Tasty Tuesday party. It will be open later tonight through Friday. Happy New Year.

  10. My husband made mac n cheese last night! Your version sounds delicious!

  11. This looks and sounds like wonderful comfort food. I like that you can use ground turkey as well. Thank you for sharing this post with Let’s Do Brunch.

  12. This is such a great recipe. Thanks so much for linking up to “Strut Your Stuff Saturday.” We would love to have you come back next Saturday and share more of your delicious recipes. -The Sisters