Coming up with new ways to use the same old ingredients is kind of a hobby for me. I like to change things up a bit in my kitchen, and last week I stumbled upon something brilliant -Bacon Cheeseburger Mac & Cheese! Now I’ve added hamburger and onions to regular Kraft macaroni and cheese before, but I thought, ‘why not add some more ingredients to round out this meal?’ Thus adding everything you’d get on a cheeseburger to mac & cheese.
Bacon Cheeseburger Mac & Cheese
This simple mac & cheese dish is a perfect way to add some veggies to your family’s dinner, and use up all of that ground beef. Your kids will be surprised how good it is, and you’ll be surprised how fast you just made dinner!
1 Box of your favorite Mac & Cheese (I used organic white cheddar and shells, but any mac & cheese will work, even the plain ol’ Kraft macaroni and cheese would work great!)
1 Lbs Lean Ground Beef
2 Strips Bacon (Diced)
1/2 Diced Medium Yellow Onion
1/2 Cup Frozen Peas (it’s a good substitute for lettuce)
1 Diced On-The-Vine Ripe Tomato
Salt and Pepper (and Garlic powder -optional) To Taste
Extra Shredded Cheese (optional)
1. Make the Mac & Cheese as directed. While the water is heating to a boil for your pasta, begin to cook the ground beef on medium-high heat in a separate skillet. Add the pieces of Bacon and 1/2 of a diced onion to the ground beef. If your beef and bacon are creating a lot of grease go ahead and drain the mixture before continuing.
2. Once the the beef is beginning to brown add the frozen peas. Allow to cook until the peas are nearly cooked and the beef and bacon are thoroughly cooked. At the same time, finish making the mac & cheese as directed on the box.
3. At the last minute add your fresh tomatoes and season the beef mixture to taste. Add the prepared mac & cheese to the cheeseburger mixture. Add additional shredded cheese if desired, and enjoy!
Tip: We also added some red pepper flakes to our mac for a little kick.
Time: 15 minutes
Makes: 3-4 servings
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