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One-Pot Mac & Cheeseburger

Total Time
35 min
15 min
20 min
Super-fun riff on mac & cheese, with all the flavors of a cheeseburger folded in—tomatoes, pickles, onions, yellow mustard, and of course beef and cheese.


Cooking spray

4 spray(s)

Uncooked onion(s)

1¼ cup(s), chopped, finely chopped, divided

Uncooked extra lean ground beef 96 % lean 4% fat

12 oz

Kosher salt

1 tsp

Garlic powder

¾ tsp

Small uncooked pasta shells

9 oz

Canned tomato sauce

8 oz

1% low-fat milk

½ cup(s), 1% variety


1 Tbsp, yellow variety

Reduced fat sharp cheddar cheese made with 2% milk

4 oz, shredded

Grape tomatoes

1 cup(s), chopped, divided

Chopped dill pickle(s)

½ cup(s), divided

Romaine lettuce

1 cup(s), shredded


  1. Coat a large skillet with cooking spray and heat over medium-high. Add 1 cup onion and beef; cook until the beef is browned, stirring frequently to crumble, about 5 minutes. Stir in 2 cups water, salt, garlic powder, pasta, and tomato sauce; bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to medium-low and cook, uncovered, until the pasta is tender, 10 to 12 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  2. Reduce the heat to low. Stir in the milk and mustard. Gradually add the cheese, stirring until it melts. Remove the pan from the heat; stir in ½ cup tomatoes and ¼ cup pickles. Top the pasta mixture with the lettuce, remaining ½ cup tomatoes, and remaining ¼ cup each onion and pickles.
  3. Serving size: about 1 cup