Mushroom Cheeseburger Mac and Cheese

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  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 30 min
  • Active: 30 min
  • Yield: 4 servings
This recipe is sponsored by Mushroom Council. My teenage son, Eli, is a huge cheeseburger fan, so I try to channel those flavors into other dishes. I love that I can add a vegetable to the mix by using mushrooms!



  1. Heat the olive oil in a medium Dutch oven over medium-high heat until shimmering. Add the beef, mushrooms and onion and cook, stirring often, until the mushrooms release their liquid. Let simmer, undisturbed, until the liquid is cooked off, about 5 minutes. Continue to cook, stirring, until the mushrooms and beef are browned, 1 to 2 more minutes.
  2. Add the flour, paprika, mustard powder, garlic powder, 1 teaspoon salt and a few grinds of pepper to the pot; stir to combine with the beef and mushrooms. Stir in 1/4 cup ketchup. Add the beef broth, half-and-half and 1 cup water. Bring to a simmer and add the macaroni. Adjust the heat so the sauce is simmering and cook, stirring occasionally, until the pasta is al dente, about 8 minutes.
  3. Reduce the heat to low and stir in the cheese and the remaining 2 tablespoons ketchup. Remove from the heat and let sit for a few minutes so the sauce thickens slightly. Serve with chopped parsley and pickles.