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posted: 3/19/2014 5:45 AM

Don's Skillet Cheeseburger Macaroni

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  • Don Mauer's healthier version of a boxed skillet meal uses lean ground beef and low-sodium broth.

      Don Mauer's healthier version of a boxed skillet meal uses lean ground beef and low-sodium broth.
    Courtesy of Don Mauer


1 pound 93-percent lean ground beef

1 cup (5 ounces) finely chopped yellow onion, divided

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12 ounces uncooked elbow macaroni

2 cups lower-sodium chicken broth (organic preferred)

1 can (15 ounces) no-salt-added tomato sauce (organic preferred)

1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce

1 tablespoon yellow mustard

1 tablespoon tomato ketchup

teaspoon fresh-ground black pepper

6 ounces chopped white or yellow American cheese slices (not processed cheese food)

cup chopped dill or bread-and-butter pickles

Place a 12-inch non-stick skillet over medium-high heat and add ground beef and cup of the onions and cook, stirring and breaking up the ground beef until it loses its pink color and the onions begin to soften, about 6 minutes.

Add macaroni, chicken broth, tomato sauce, Worcestershire sauce, mustard, ketchup and black pepper and bring to a boil, stirring frequently. Reduce heat to low, cover and simmer, stirring occasionally, until macaroni is tender, about 8 to 9 minutes. Stir in cheese, pickles and remaining chopped onion. (You want the cheese to be in small, melted pieces; not smoothly mixed in). Taste and season with salt and pepper. Serve.

Serves six.

Nutrition values per serving: 497 calories (29.2 percent from fat), 16.1 g fat (8.4 g saturated fat), 55.6 g carbohydrates, 3.6 g fiber, 31.7 g protein, 52 mg cholesterol, 606 mg sodium.

SaltSense: Substituting no-salt-added chicken broth reduces sodium to 441 mg per serving.

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