Our family likes the taste of a couple of flavors of Hamburger Helper, but I’ve been trying to steer away from boxed meals so we only had them if I wasn’t up to cooking the planned meal or we needed a quick backup. I looked online and found a recipe for both of the types that we like, and I attempted one of them tonight. It turned out really good! It tasted better than the boxed version, we got away from the preservatives and other nasty stuff, and it was CHEAP!
We added it up, and this recipe makes enough for two meals for us (or one dinner and a couple lunches). In total this cost us $6.00, including the hamburger, milk, macaroni, and cheese (which we would have had to provide with the boxed version anyway), two cans of corn and watermelon as a side dish. Not too shabby, huh??
1lb ground beef
1 cup hot water
2 cup milk
1 1/2 cup large elbow macaroni
1 cup cheddar cheese
1 tbsp cornstarch
2 tsp paprika
1 tsp onion powder
1 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp salt
1 tsp sugar
Add water, milk, macaroni, and sauce packet.
Cover and simmer ~12 minutes (or until noodles are done), stirring occasionally, in last few minutes add cheese and cover again. (I forgot and added the cheese at the end, and it turned out just fine.)
Turn off heat and uncover. Let stand for 5 minutes.
Easy peasy. The hardest part was measuring out all the spices. haha
Just an FYI…seasoning is really taste specific, but I thought it was a bit bland at the end, so after adding the cheese I also added a pinch or two of more salt, and some more garlic salt (not sure how much exactly, I just shook it over a couple of times). You may want to taste it before you serve it and adjust the seasoning to your personal tastes.