Monday, December 30, 2013

Cheeseburger Macaroni

This recipe is addictive and can definitely feed a family of five for $10.  It started as a Rachel Ray recipe and was passed to me through my sister, but between our adjustments, it's now our recipe.  Okay, so I'm going to give you the recipe to feed your family at dinner AND your husband or kids the next day.  Here we go.


2 lbs. elbow macaroni
1 1/2 lbs. ground beef (80/20 blend will give you the most flavor)
4 stalks of celery
2 small onions (or more....I normally use one large onion)
4 handfuls of baby carrots OR 4 large carrots
Few tablespoons of olive oil
2 packets of Goya's Sazon
1 cup of yellow mustard (I normally use 1 1/2 cups)
2 cups of ketchup
3-4 cups of beef broth
2 cups of cheddar cheese (or MUCH more!)

Cooking Instructions:

1.  Cook your pasta per instructions on box.  Don't forget to add salt to the water!

2.  Finely chop the celery, carrots, and onions.  Using a food processor for this will make your life much easier.


3.  Heat a pan with olive oil on medium-high heat.  Add the chopped ingredients, ground beef, and Sazon packets.  Stir so the seasoning starts flavoring everything.

4.  Once the beef is browned, add the ketchup, mustard, and three cups of beef broth.  Turn heat to medium and let cook for a few minutes.  You want the mixture to thicken up, but if you feel it's too thick, go ahead and add the extra cup of beef broth.

5.  Drain pasta and add it to the beef mixture.  Mix together well so every single piece of pasta is coated.

6.  Grease a baking dish and add this delicious pasta.  Then, top with all of the cheddar cheese your little heart desires.  Put it under the broiler until the cheese is golden and bubbly.


7.  Unbutton your jeans and dig in!


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