Cheesy Hamburger Mac

Cheesy Hamburger Mac

All the richness of homemade mac and cheese, but ready in under 30 minutes. Cheesy hamburger mac is the perfect busy back to school meal, and it's picky eater approved!
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword Back to school meals, Comfort Food, Easy Recipe, Quick Recipe, Weeknight Dinner
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Author Jerry


  • 2 Tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1 pound ground chuck lean
  • 1 large onion chopped
  • 1 Tablespoon seasoned salt
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper freshly ground
  • 1 Tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 pound bow tie pasta
  • 32 ounces chicken stock or beef stock low sodium
  • 8 ounces cream cheese or Neufchatel cheese at room temperature
  • Salt and pepper to taste


  • Heat oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add ground beef and break apart with a spoon or spatula.  Add onion, seasoned salt, black pepper and Worcestershire sauce. Cook, stirring often until beef is browned and onions are translucent. (About 5 minutes). Drain and return to skillet.
  • Add pasta and chicken stock. Cook, stirring occasionally until just cooked. (About 8 minutes.) 
    *There will still be a lot of liquid in the pan. This is normal!
  • Add cream cheese or Neufchatel in chunks and stir until completely melted and incorporated.
  • Remove from heat. Let stand 5 minutes and add salt and pepper as needed.