Total Time
Prep 10 mins
Cook 20 mins

For when you want to know EXACTLY what's in your home-helped hamburger.


  1. Shred cheese, or cut into 1/2" cubes.
  2. Brown beef in skillet, and drain.
  3. Add water, ketchup and onion powder; mix well. Bring to boil. Stir in macaroni; cover. Simmer on medium-low heat 8-10 min or until macaroni is tender.
  4. Stir in cheese; cook until melted, stirring occasionally.
Most Helpful

Much, much better than the box versions!!! I added a few extras based on one of the reviews and the other recipes I looked at before trying this one. I added 1 tsp salt, 1/2 tsp pepper, 1 tsp sugar, and 1 tsp paprika. Both my DDs gave this a 4 out of five, but one then requested it a week later! Both times I made this I needed to add about a 1/4 cup of water near the end, so I'll start with 3 cups of water next time. This will become a regular part of our meal rotation. Thanks for a great recipe!

I also made this for a friend who broke one ankle and the other foot - I can't imagine not being able to at least hobble for 8 weeks!!!! She and her family liked it very much!

muffin-maker April 13, 2011

Made this for lunch today and the kids liked it. As for myself, I'd like to try some other ingredients to add a little more flavor. I did not have the cheddar cheese, so instead I used Velveeta cheese. You will need to adjust the water amount as the macaroni cooks. I believe I added about an extra cup. This change gave it a more creamy texture. I made this for *New Kids On The Block Tag Game 2010*

Charlotte J February 03, 2010

I loved this one, and I intend to make it again. I did add some sauteed onions and peppers for a little more texture.

Cookin' Kiki February 21, 2012