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one-pot cheeseburger macaroni



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Cook Time: 45 minutes

Total: 45 minutes

Servings: 12

Cost: $5.53 /serving


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Step 1

Add olive oil, chopped onion, ground beef, and seasonings to a large pot and saute until the meat is fully cooked and the onions are translucent. Thoroughly mix in tomato paste, saute for 2 minutes, then transfer the meat mixture to a bowl and set aside.

Step 2

Use the same pot to cook pasta in boiling salted water until al dente, about 2 minutes less than package instructions. While pasta is cooking, warm the milk in a separate pot.

Step 3

Drain pasta once cooked, ***reserving at least 1 cup of the pasta water.***

Step 4

Return the empty pot to the stove over medium heat and add butter. When butter melts and foams, add flour and whisk until darkened slightly, 1 to 2 minutes. Add mustard powder and whisk to combine.

Step 5

Slowly whisk in the warm milk and bring to a boil, then reduce heat to medium and cook, stirring consistently to prevent the flour from burning or overcooking, for about 3 – 4 minutes.

Step 6

Reduce heat to low and add cheese in 3 batches, starting with American cheese. Whisk to fully combine, then follow with cheddar and Parmesan (whisk to fully combine after adding each cheese). Season with 1 teaspoon salt and 1/2 teaspoon pepper.

Step 7

Fold the meat mixture into the cheese sauce, then fold in the pasta, and serve.

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