This is a hearty meal that tastes GREAT for less and has plenty of leftovers for a nice repeat meal. This tasty meal that I created had my family's thumbs up for many repeat meals!

Recipe Summary

prep:
20 mins
cook:
40 mins
total:
1 hr
Servings:
8
Yield:
8 servings
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Ingredients

8
Original recipe yields 8 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C). Lightly grease an 11x13-inch baking dish.

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  • Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Cook elbow macaroni in the boiling water, stirring occasionally until cooked through but firm to the bite, 8 minutes. Drain. Transfer to a bowl, add processed cheese cubes, and let stand until cheese partially melts.

  • Place ground beef in a skillet over medium heat, break meat apart with a spatula, and sprinkle with garlic powder, onion powder, salt, and black pepper. Cook and stir until beef is browned and crumbly, about 10 minutes. Drain excess grease.

  • Stir Cheddar cheese soup, sour cream, Parmesan cheese, and onion together in a bowl; gently fold macaroni and processed cheese mixture into soup mixture. Stir in milk until thoroughly combined. Mix ground beef into macaroni mixture and spread into prepared baking dish. Top casserole with slices of American cheese and sprinkle cracker crumbs on top. Cover casserole with aluminum foil.

  • Bake in the preheated oven until casserole is bubbling, about 20 minutes; remove foil and bake until top is golden brown, about 10 more minutes.

Nutrition Facts

689 calories; protein 30.7g 61% DV; carbohydrates 50g 16% DV; fat 40g 62% DV; cholesterol 102.5mg 34% DV; sodium 1436mg 57% DV. Full Nutrition
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Reviews (23)

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
12/22/2012
My family really enjoyed this dish. I thought that the sour cream and Parmesan cheese added to the flavor. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
09/14/2015
Very simple and hearty meal. I made it exactly per instructions minus the cheese slices on top was very good. Could use more seasoning or Tabasco? Read More
(3)
28 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 12
  • 4 star values: 9
  • 3 star values: 3
  • 2 star values: 2
  • 1 star values: 2
Rating: 5 stars
12/21/2012
My family really enjoyed this dish. I thought that the sour cream and Parmesan cheese added to the flavor. Read More
(17)
Rating: 5 stars
01/18/2013
Forget the kids WE adults loved this recipe...lol We didn't use american cheese slices tho but used a pound of Cheddar shredded cheese. Also try some sauteed onions instead of garlic powder. We could eat this at least twice a week! Read More
(15)
Rating: 5 stars
03/20/2013
This was a super recipe for our family. Everybody loved it! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/23/2014
My family loves this dish!!! I cook the onions garlic and onion soup mix with the hamburger. It adds a ton of flavour! I also put in a can peas to help with the vegetable intake:) Read More
(5)
Rating: 4 stars
04/13/2013
I thought this was pretty good - tastes like homemade hamburger helper. I didnt add the crackers on the top and it still turned out good. Will make again. Read More
(4)
Rating: 5 stars
05/20/2013
Very tasty! Would just recommend to saute the onions with the ground beef too. Otherwise they are crunchy. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
11/11/2015
Made this with a few slight changes based on previous reviews. I added a bit of extra onion and some minced garlic with the meat while cooking and a dash of garlic salt. I added a total of 1c milk due to the reviews about it being dry. I used shredded cheddar instead of velveeta because it is what I had on hand. It came out delicious and we enjoyed it. Read More
(4)
Rating: 3 stars
09/14/2015
Very simple and hearty meal. I made it exactly per instructions minus the cheese slices on top was very good. Could use more seasoning or Tabasco? Read More
(3)
Rating: 4 stars
02/19/2014
Made this for the family and they loved it! I will add a little more seasoning next time for some kick but otherwise it was a great dinner. Read More
(2)
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