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I'm Julia; a wife, a mother and a lover of food. I'm in constant pursuit of my newest craving in the kitchen. I hope you'll join me in my journey to find new and delicious ways to bring classic and versatile dishes to the table. Bon Appetit!

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Cheesy Hamburger Macaroni

This is an easy kid-pleasing meal that adults will enjoy too! Cheeseburger flavors, quick prep and clean up- but it didn't come out of a box! I've used one of my very favorite spice mix- Trader Joe's Onion Salt, but I have given an option of substitute spices (see notes below). I hope you give this one a try, and enjoy!

Cheesy Hamburger Macaroni

Serves 4-6


1 1/2 lb ground beef

2 cups macaroni pasta (any pasta will work)

2 cups assorted cheese (such as mozzarella and cheddar)

1 tablespoon oil of choice

1/2 white or yellow onion, finely chopped

3 tablespoons tomato paste

1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce 4-5 cloves of garlic, minced 1/4 cup chopped parsley, plus more for garnish

1 1/2 tablespoon Trader Joe's Onion Salt *

1/2 teaspoon black pepper

Salt, to taste


1. Cook pasta according to package instructions, minus 1 minute; reserve 1 cup of pasta water.

2. In a large skillet over medium heat, add 1 tablespoon oil and the chopped onion. Cook for about 5 minutes, until the onion becomes translucent. Add in the tomato paste, Worcestershire sauce, minced garlic, Trader Joe's Onion Salt* and the black pepper. Leave off the salt for now -we will taste for salt at the end. Mix until well combined and cook another 2 minutes.

3. Turn the heat up to high, and add in the ground beef. Cook the beef, breaking up the meat with a wooden spoon or spatula, until fully cooked through. Add in the cooked pasta and a little pasta water at a time, until it is well mixed (I ended up using about 2/3 cup).

4. Turn the heat down to low, then mix in the parsley and most of the shredded cheese into the pasta, leaving about 1/2 a cup. Taste for salt, add as needed. Top the pasta with the remaining 1/2 cup of cheese and cover with a lid. Let it stand on low heat until cheese has melted. Remove from heat. Garnish with extra parsley, if desired. Enjoy.

* You can substitute 3 tablespoons Trader Joe's Onion Salt for 1 tablespoon granulated onion, 1 tablespoon salt and 1 tablespoon dried chives.

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