KD and Beef

KD and Beef
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KD and Beef is a Classic & Nostalgic meal for me. It’s quick and simple but so good that it just has to be had once in a while.

Originally this recipe involves boiling the macaroni and straining it. Place it back into the pot and add the Kraft Dinner cheese packet with cooked ground beef. A bit of Salt & Pepper and serve. Over the years I started adding a bit of Butter, Cheese Whiz & Milk. Cheese Whiz Sauce can be added in place of the Cheese Whiz. Now I do everything in one pot Hamburger Helper style.

I drizzle a bit of ketchup over top. I know, I know some would say Nooo! But I really do enjoy it with some ketchup on top. Some will do a hot sauce over top.

Kraft Dinner

1 box of original Kraft Dinner. This is cooked Hamburger Helper style, all in one pot.

Original Kraft Dinner
Original Kraft Dinner

Ground Beef

You don’t need too much ground beef, 1/2 lb is sufficient. You can add in Diced Onions, Garlic, Tomatoes, or Peppers. Or just use 1/2 tsp each of Onion Powder & Garlic Powder. But for me, just the classic will do.

A splash of Worcestershire sauce while cooking the ground beef is a nice addition.

Just brown ground beef in a skillet over medium high heat.

Another take on this, is thinly sliced steak cooked in the skillet before adding everything in. You don’t need a lot either about 1/2 lb meat sliced thin goes a long ways here.

KD and Beef with Extra Cheese

The added Butter, Cheese Whiz & Milk makes it a creamy cheese dish. Optionally add in Cheese Whiz Sauce in place of the Cheese Whiz.

If you want a strong butter flavor to come through, then substitute the Sea Salt with Butter Popcorn seasoning.

If you want a more cheesy flavor, add shredded cheese when the dish is cooked and heat through until the cheese is melted. Then add Salt & Pepper to taste.

Just look at that dish! For those who grew up on this, doesn’t that make you miss it. When is the last time you had it? Have it tonight & Satisfy the Belly.

KD & Beef
KD & Beef

How to Cook KD and Beef

This dish is cooked the same way as Hamburger Helper, with everything in one pot. It produces a much more creamier Kraft Dinner.

Cook the meat over medium high heat, then add in everything else. Bring to a boil over max heat. Then reduce heat to medium and simmer for 8 minutes. Stirring occasionally. Serve right away.

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KD and Beef

Creamy KD and Beef cooked up in one pot to serve two. It's a classic and nostalgic dish that just has to be had once in a awhile.
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Course: Lunch, Main Course
Cuisine: American, Canadian
Keyword: Beef Mac & Cheese, KD and Beef, Kraft Dinner and Beef, Kraft Dinner and Ground Beef
Servings: 2 portions
Author: JAH


  • Skillet


  • 1 box Original Kraft Dinner
  • 1/2 lb Ground Beef
  • 1 C Water
  • 1 C Milk or Cream
  • 2 Tbl Cheese Whiz
  • 2 Tbl Butter
  • To Taste Salt & Pepper


  • In a Bowl combine Water, Milk, Cheese packet powder, Cheese Whiz or Cheese Whiz Sauce. Mix well and set aside until needed.
  • Cook Ground Beef in a skillet over medium-high heat until browned.
  • Add Butter and the set aside bowl with the Pasta. Mix well and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium and simmer, stirring occasionally for about 8 minutes.
    Season with Salt & Pepper to taste. Optionally add shredded cheese until melted, then season with Salt & Pepper.
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