After deciding one day that I absolutely wanted Cheeseburger Macaroni for brunch, I set out on a Google journey to find a grownup version of said recipe. Most of these recipes call for the basics of macaroni noodles, hamburger, and Velveeta cheese which might I add is NOT cheese at all. It doesn't even require refrigeration therefore it can't be cheese...can it? With the basic recipes eliminated that require just those three ingredients, I found a fabulous one that had a little bit of a grownup flair and at the end of cooking a grown up taste. It took all of about an hour to complete from start to finish so for busy moms this would be a great recipe to try.
1 box of Elbow Macaroni - Feel free to substitute a fun shape for the kids
1 medium onion
2-4 garlic cloves - fresh garlic tastes best....garlic salt/powder not so much
1 lb hamburger or lean ground turkey
3 cups finely shredded cheese - You can use cheddar, mexican blend, italian blend, whatever you prefer
1 can of cream of mushroom soup
1/2 cup of milk
salt and pepper
1/8 tbsp basil - you can use dried if you wish
1/3 cup dry bread crumbs
1 tbsp melted butter
Steps for Cooking
- Preheat oven to 375
- Finely chop your medium onion and garlic cloves
- Brown your hamburger/turkey, adding the onion and garlic to the pan. Salt and Pepper.
- Meanwhile boil water for your pasta. Once the water comes to a rolling boil, drop your pasta and cook.
- Once meat is cooked completely, drain and set aside. Do the same with the pasta.
- In a large bowl combine the cream of mushroom soup, basil, salt and pepper, milk and 1 cup of the shredded cheese. Mix well.
- Gently fold in your hamburger/turkey meat and the elbow macaroni.
- When this is folded in, add the remaining cheese. Mixture will be thick.
- Transfer mixture to a buttered 13 x 9 casserole dish.
- Combine 1 tbsp of MELTED butter with 1/3 cup of dry bread crumbs and crumble on top of casserole.
- Cook on 375 until bubbly and browned on the top, 20-35 minutes.
- Feel free to use ground turkey for a lighter version and taste. This will cut down on unnecessary fats.
- Adjust the amount of garlic and onion to your liking.
- Ground Turkey tends to need more help in the seasoning department.