Special Diet Information

Coumadin® (Warfarin)
This recipe is safe for Coumadin (warfarin) users.

This recipe contains cheese and some of those who are lactose intolerant may be able to tolerate it.

This is a low sodium recipe.

GERD / Acid Reflux
This recipe contains GERD triggers and those with GERD may wish to avoid it.

Gluten Sensitivity
This recipe is NOT safe for those who are sensitive to gluten.


"Sacred cows make the best hamburger."
-Mark Twain, Cynic

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Comfort food at its finest. Kids love Cheeseburger Mac 'n' Cheese and so do grownups. Quick, easy, satisfying and good for you.



Cheeseburger Pasta

Servings: 6 | Serving size: about 1 cup

Cooking Time: 30 Minutes

This recipe can be multiplied by 2 or 3 and makes good leftovers.

Serve with Lemon Butter Brussels Sprouts or Cole Slaw or Healthy Caesar Salad or Minted Carrots or Minted Carrots - Low Sodium Version or Creamed Spinach or Creamed Spinach - Low Sodium Version

1 lb 95% lean ground beef
1 1/2 cups water
8 ounces whole wheat macaroni pasta
5 ounces 2% milk (divided)
3 tsp flour
2/3 cup 2% sharp cheddar cheese (shredded)
1/4 tsp paprika
1/2 tsp dry mustard
dash, or to taste cayenne pepper
1/4 cup low sodium ketchup

In a large skillet, brown the ground beef, drain well and set aside.

Wipe out the pan and add the elbow macaroni and the water. Bring to a boil, reduce heat and cover. Cook approximately 8 minutes, or until al dente, stirring frequently until all the water is absorbed.

While the macaroni is cooking, mix together 2 Tbs. of the milk with the flour in a small bowl.

Warm the remainder of the milk in a saucepan and add the flour mixture, then cook over low heat, whisking frequently until the mixture thickens.

Add the cheese and stir well until it is completely melted and then add the paprika, dry mustard and cayenne.

Add the catsup, cheese mixture, and cooked beef to the macaroni, stirring well. Serve.

Nutrition Facts

Serving size: about 1 cup

Servings: 6

Amount Per Serving

Calories 332 Calories from Fat 60
  % Daily Value
Total Fat 7g 10%
    Saturated Fat 3g 16%
    Monounsaturated Fat 2g
    Trans Fat 0g
Cholesterol 53mg 18%
Sodium 222mg 9%
Total Carbohydrates 38g 13%
    Dietary Fiber 2g 7%
    Sugars 5g
Protein 28g
Vitamin A 10% Vitamin C 3%
Calcium 15% Iron 20%
Vitamin K 1 mcg Potassium 455 mg
Magnesium 49 mg