Mushroom Swiss Cheeseburger Macaroni

This easy to make 30-minute cheeseburger macaroni recipe gets an update with Swiss cheese and mushrooms. After this, you will never go back to the box again.

Mushroom Swiss Cheeseburger Macaroni Why bother with the boxed stuff when you can have this fresh and tasty pasta dish on the table in 30 minutes? #pasta #hamburger #hamburgerhelper #30minutemeal #easyrecipe #easy #kidfriendly |

I know I have mentioned many times that I was raised on frozen dinners, and boxed/packaged foods. 

Then I went out into the real world, had kids, and picked up where my Mom left off. 

What was one of our favorite meals? 

Yup, Hamburger Helper. Just about every flavor graced our table at one time or another. But the hands-down, all-time favorite was the Cheeseburger Macaroni. 

My kids got so excited when they knew it was on the menu. I eventually started playing around with it a bit and adding different spices and herbs to try to zip it up a bit.

My kids were not impressed.

They just wanted the plain old Cheeseburger Macaroni the way the Hamburger Helper Gods intended it to be. 

Although they did like it when I stirred in a can of chili one night, but that is another story. Therefore plain ol' Cheeseburger Mac it was. For many years.

Then I had my surgery and lost 160 pounds.

Did I want to go back to those boxed food days? 

With high sodium and tons of ingredients that I couldn't even pronounce?


So our family favorite was left to gather cobwebs in the corner. 

Then I began seeing recipes for a homemade version all over the web. 

Huh, why in the heck didn't I think of that? I thought about giving one of those recipes a try, and then it hit me.

It seriously hit me, like a Mac truck.


Our favorite hamburger has sauteed mushroom with gooey Swiss cheese all over it. Why not make it into a macaroni dish? 


Kevin was excited about this recipe from its inception.

Color me shocked!!

But his excitement was well placed. This came out so incredibly good! 

It was so good he didn't even complain about me making too much food (it serves 4 to 6) because he ate leftovers the entire next day...

....until it was ALL gone.

I think he liked it. What do you think?

Mushroom Swiss Cheeseburger Macaroni Why bother with the boxed stuff when you can have this fresh and tasty pasta dish on the table in 30 minutes? #pasta #hamburger #hamburgerhelper #30minutemeal #easyrecipe #easy #kidfriendly |
Yield: 4 to 6 servings
Mushroom Swiss Cheeseburger Macaroni Why bother with the boxed stuff when you can have this fresh and tasty pasta dish on the table in 30 minutes? #pasta #hamburger #hamburgerhelper #30minutemeal #easyrecipe #easy #kidfriendly |

Mushroom Swiss Cheeseburger Macaroni

Why bother with the boxed stuff when you can have this fresh and tasty pasta dish on the table in 30 minutes?
prep time: 10 minscook time: 20 minstotal time: 30 mins


  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/2 medium onion, thinly sliced
  • 8 ounces mushrooms, stemmed and sliced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 3 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
  • Kosher salt
  • Fresh cracked black pepper
  • 3 cups beef stock
  • 8 ounces elbow macaroni (or other short cut pasta)
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 3 tablespoons flour
  • 1 cup milk, warmed
  • 2 cups Swiss cheese, shredded
  • Fresh parsley, chopped (for garnish)


  1. In a large skillet, heat the olive oil over medium heat. Add the onions and saute, stirring occasionally, until they begin to turn golden brown. About 5 minutes. Add the mushrooms to the skillet and continue to cook an additional 5 minutes, then add the garlic and cook and another minute.
  2. Increase the heat to medium-high and push the veggies to the sides of the pan. Add ground beef, breaking it up with a wooden spoon and stirring it into the sauteed veggies. Cook until there is no longer any pink.
  3. Stir in the Worcestershire sauce, Dijon mustard, salt, pepper, pasta, and beef stock. Cover and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to a low simmer, and cook for about 10 to 15 minutes (or until the pasta is al dente), stirring occasionally to prevent the pasta from sticking.
  4. Meanwhile, in a medium pot, melt the butter over medium-high heat. Sprinkle in the flour and whisk for a couple of minutes. Add the warmed milk, whisking constantly until thickened. 
  5. Remove from the heat and add the Swiss cheese a little at a time, stirring until it is melted before adding more cheese (the mixture will be very thick). Stir the cheese sauce into the hamburger mixture.
  6. Garnish with chopped parsley
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  1. This looks like the perfect dinner for cozy memories! I cannot wait to try this! Love everything about it, and it would be perfect for post run refueling on carbohydrates!

    1. It really does evoke those childhood memories, but in a very very tasty way. We love it!!

  2. Just made this and its amazing!!! Even better is that you will probably have most of these ingredients laying around!

  3. Made it today!!! SO GOOD!!! Thanks for your efforts in putting together a recipe and sharing it!!!

    1. You are so welcome Vickie! I love it when I can make people smile!!

  4. Oh man was this delicious! Thanks! I used leftover steak instead of ground beef :3

  5. It was perfect the first time. I learn so much from you as well! Keep it up great post.