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Wednesday, February 6, 2013

{Homemade} Hamburger Helper

Anyone else remember eating Hamburger Helper?  Or are you still eating it today?  I didn't grow up eating it, but I do remember making it many, many, many times during college was I was a dirt poor student and it was a cheap meal.
I even remember making it without the meat, because well, that was even cheaper.
I know I couldn't choke it down today, but I sure can choke down this homemade version.  We had this for dinner last night and it was wonderful!  Interested in an even healthier version of hamburger helper?  Check out Kristen's version.  It's paleo and looks equally delicious.

I know many of you are thinking, why take the time to make it homemade when I can buy a box for a $1?  Oh, the reasons are many.  You can choose to listen or tune me out, but let's face it, that boxed version is nnnnassssttttyyyyy.
It's full of preservatives and fake-nothings and who knows what else.  Now, I am not above eating quick and easy meals, but I just can't do 'boxed' meals anymore.  Especially when you can make it yourself!
This recipe is NOT hard.  I even did it with a 22 month old wild child under my feet asking for milk, a cracker and to read her a book.  I didn't give her any of those, but I did let her watch.  Which she loves!

{Homemade} Hamburger Helper
{Print this Recipe!}
1 lb. ground beef, pork or turkey
1 c. elbow macaroni
2 c. beef stock
1 can Rotel {or your own chopped tomatoes/green chilies}
1 T. chili powder
1 t. cumin
1 t. onion flakes
1 t. salt
1 t. pepper
2 T. butter
3/4 c. milk
1 T. cornstarch
2 c. shredded cheddar cheese

In a large skillet, brown the meat and drain.  Then add in beef stock, Rotel, seasonings and dry macaroni.  Cover and bring to a boil.  Turn down to a simmer and let cook for 12-14 minutes or until noodles are tender.

Meanwhile, in a saucepan, melt butter.  Sprinkle in cornstarch and whisk to combine, cooking for a couple of minutes.  Add in milk and let thicken for a few minutes.  Add in cheese, stir to melt.  Add this cheese sauce to the large skillet, toss to combine.

Serve immediately.

So, tell me, do you have the guts to make your own Hamburger Helper???

Would you like to comment?

  1. Autumn@Good Eats GirlFebruary 6, 2013 at 11:52 AM

    This looks great! My kids would love it and it looks like an easy weeknight meal!

  2. Steph@Been There Baked ThatFebruary 6, 2013 at 1:19 PM

    Yum, looks really good! I've ate hamburger helper a few times when I first moved out on my own and have never liked it. I refuse to buy any of those packaged foods anymore. It's way too easy to make those things myself...and sometimes cheaper too!

  3. I secretly crave the real deal Hamburger Helper! It was actually something we ate quite frequently as a kid so I think it would feel comforting even though it probably wouldn't taste that great anymore. Thanks for linking me girl! :)

  4. OMG that looks AWESOME!! I've always wanted to make my own version of this but didn't realize it was this easy. Thanks so much for the recipe!

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