Hamburger Macaroni Casserole Recipe

Hamburger Macaroni Casserole Recipe | DIY Joy Projects and Crafts Ideas

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This hamburger macaroni casserole recipe by CookingAndCrafting on YouTube shows how simple and easy it is to make without having to buy expensive ingredients. This dish calls for a budget-friendly dinner meal with leftovers for the week. I used to love hamburger helper as a kid, and learning how to make it homemade is so much better. It’s a cheesy and meaty pasta dish. Plus, I think it’s a great meal for picky eaters because it has simple ingredients. Although it’s not a very nutritious meal since it lacks veggies, you can serve this with a side salad or steamed vegetables on the side.



  • 2 lbs. ground beef
  • 1 bag elbow macaroni
  • 1 env. spaghetti sauce mix
  • 1 can tomato sauce (8 oz)
  • 5 Tbsp. butter
  • 1-1/2 cans water (use tomato sauce can)
  • 10 slices American cheese


First, in a pot, mix tomato sauce, butter, water, and spaghetti sauce. Bring to a boil, then lower down the heat to low for it to simmer for 20 minutes. Cook the ground beef in a separate pan, and drain out the excess fat after browning the meat. Add the meat to the spaghetti sauce mixture and continue to simmer. Continue to watch CookingAndCrafting tutorial on YouTube for full instructions and details.

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Next, once the meat mixture and macaroni are finished cooking, mix together. Then, transfer in a 9 x 13-inch baking dish and sprinkle cheese on top. Bake in a preheated oven at 350F for 30 minutes.

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In conclusion, you do not need special cooking skills to make this hamburger macaroni casserole, because the instructions are simple. I think it would taste amazing if you do layers of cheese when you add the macaroni into the dish instead of on top only. Also, you can garnish this dish with parsley to add color.

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