Velveeta Mac and Meat

You want a quick, weeknight dish that’s in one pan AND is super comforting for the entire family? Well look no further because this dish is a blend of hamburger helper and mac-n-cheese. Enough to feed the entire family, hearty, and done in 30 minutes or less! How could you go wrong?

February 9, 2024

Velveeta Mac and Meat

Alissa DiSanto
  • Prep Time
    5 min
  • Cook Time
    30 min
  • Total Time
    30 min
  • Servings
  • Difficulty


  • 2 tbsp butter
  • 1 onion diced
  • 1lb ground beef
  • 1 tbsp garlic powder
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1 tbsp paprika
  • 1-6oz can tomato paste
  • 1lb shells pasta
  • 4 cups beef broth
  • 12oz Velveeta cheese cut into cubes
  • 1 bunch parsley for garnish
  • ½ cup cheddar cheese


  1. In a large skillet over medium heat, melt your butter and sauté your diced onion for about 4-5 minutes or until it starts to turn translucent. Add in your ground beef and season with salt/pepper, garlic powder, and paprika. Break up ground beef into small pieces and allow to cook through and brown- about 6-7 minutes.
  2. Add in the entire can of tomato paste and thoroughly mix into the meat and allow the raw tomato flavor to cook out for about 2 minutes. Add in the beef broth and mix well.
  3. Add your uncooked pasta in and toss to coat. Place a lid on the pan and allow the pasta to cook right in the meat and stock mixture.
  4. Once the pasta is done to your liking (I usually go a few minutes less than instructed on the package), add in your cubed Velveeta cheese, stir constantly, and allow it to thoroughly melt.
  5. Remove from heat and garnish with extra cheddar cheese and chopped parsley.
  6. Serve hot!


  • Cooking the pasta in the meat mixture helps create a thick consistency from the starch in the pasta and helps the pasta gain a ton of flavor. You also have WAY less mess!
  • If your liquid absorbs too quickly and you feel your pasta needs more time, simple add ½ cup-1 cup more of stock or water.
  • To reheat, just add a 1/2-1 cup of liquid to loosen the pasta up and to create that nice creamy texture again.

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