One Pot Cheeseburger Casserole

Prep time: 8 mins | Cook time: 22 mins | Total time: 30 mins | SERVINGS: 5

Chessy, meaty casserole prepared in a single pot on the stovetop. Comforting, delicious, and the best homemade version of the Hamburger Helper!


3 ½ c shredded cheddar cheese, at room temp. Separated.

1 pound Ground Beef, 85% lean

Salt/Pepper, to taste

1 small yellow onion, diced

2 cloves garlic, minced

1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce

2 tbsp tomato paste

4 c beef broth

1 (16 ounces) box elbow macaroni, *uncooked*

¾ c sour cream, at room temp

½ c whole milk, at room temp

Chopped Parsley, to garnish

How to make One-Pot Cheeseburger Casserole

Step 1: Shred the cheese and sit at room temperature.

Step 2: And season the ground beef with salt and pepper.

Step 3: Cook and crumble the ground beef in a large pot over medium heat with onions. Once done, drain any grease.

Step 4: Add the minced garlic to the pot and cook for a minute more.

Step 5: Add and stir well the Worcestershire sauce and the tomato paste until incorporated.

Step 6: Add in the beef broth followed by the uncooked macaroni and stir well. Gently simmer over medium or medium-low.

Step 7: Heat for about 4 minutes, covered.

Step 8: Remove the cover and briefly stir. Heat for 4 minutes more with the cover on.

Step 9: Adjust the heat to low before adding in the sour cream and half of the milk. Stir to combine.

Step 10: Slowly sprinkle in 2 1/2 cups of shredded cheddar, stirring every after each addition.

Step 11: Once the cheese has melted, add the rest of the cheese on top.

Step 12: Cover and heat for 2 to 3 minutes more or until the cheese has completely melted.

Step 13: Before serving, garnish with parsley. Enjoy!


For a creamier consistency, whole milk is recommended or lower-fat milk.

To make this ahead: Ensure to cook the pasta for only 7 minutes, covered. Allow the casserole to cool down before adding the rest of the cheese. Store in the fridge for up to 2 days. And when ready to serve, bake for about 15 minutes at 350 degrees. Uncover and cook for 10 minutes more.

Nutrition Facts:

Calories: 811kcal, Carbohydrates: 36g, Protein: 44g, Fat: 53g, Saturated Fat: 28g, Cholesterol: 167mg, Sodium: 1390mg, Potassium: 671mg, Fiber: 2g, Sugar: 5g, Vitamin A: 1145IU, Vitamin C: 4.1mg, Calcium: 683mg, Iron: 3.6mg

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