Hamburger, macronii, and home made cheese sauce

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Hamburger, macronii, and home made cheese sauce

Postby Jac » Fri Mar 01, 2013 1:50 pm

This is like homemade Hamburger Helpertm

2 lbs ground meat (I use 80/20)
3/4 cup diced onion
1/2 cup diced celery (if desired)
3/4 cup diced bell peppers (I dice, mix, and freeze two green, one yellow, and one red. That way I can grab what I want when I need it)
1 Tbsp ground garlic
1 Tbsp chili powder (if desired)
1 Tbsp dried oregano (if desired)
2 cups chilled milk
1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
1/4 cup flour (AP or bread. Do not use cake)
4 Tbsp (1/4 cup) butter
1 bag macaroni noodles

Cook the noodles according to the package directions.

Brown the meat and set aside in a large pot. Sauté the onions, bell peppers and celery. Combine with the meat when done.

Cheese sauce

Melt the butter and whisk in the flour. Cook for about 2 minutes. Remove from heat and slowly whisk in the milk. Return to medium heat and cook for about 5 minutes, or until the milk turns beige. Remove from heat and whisk in the cheese a little at a time, making sure to fully melt the cheese between batches. If the cheese isn't melting, return to heat just long enough to melt the cheese. Once all of the cheese has been incorporated, pour over the meat and veggie mixture, combine, and serve.
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