Cheesy Macaroni and Hamburger Casserole


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!

Prep Time:
20 mins
Cook Time:
40 mins
Total Time:
1 hrs
8 servings


  • 2 ½ cups elbow macaroni

  • 1 (8 ounce) package processed cheese (such as Velveeta®), cubed

  • 1 pound ground beef

  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder

  • ½ teaspoon onion powder

  • 1 pinch salt and ground black pepper to taste

  • 1 (10.75 ounce) can condensed Cheddar cheese soup (such as Campbell's®)

  • 1 (8 ounce) carton sour cream

  • ½ cup grated Parmesan cheese

  • ¼ cup chopped onion

  • ¼ cup milk

  • 8 slices American cheese (such as Kraft®)

  • 1 (8 ounce) package buttery round crackers (such as Ritz®), crushed


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

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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 (per serving)

689 Calories
40g Fat
50g Carbs
31g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 8
Calories 689
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 40g 51%
Saturated Fat 19g 97%
Cholesterol 103mg 34%
Sodium 1436mg 62%
Total Carbohydrate 50g 18%
Dietary Fiber 2g 7%
Total Sugars 6g
Protein 31g
Vitamin C 1mg 4%
Calcium 458mg 35%
Iron 4mg 19%
Potassium 390mg 8%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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