Homemade Hamburger Helper



Thinking of Hamburger Helper makes me think of spending summers at my dad’s house.  He always had Cheeseburger Hamburger Helper ready to serve up.

Homemade Hamburger Helper

Homemade Hamburger Helper – Joyful Momma’s Kitchen

As I learned to cook for myself and to read nutrition labels, I started to stay away from boxed meals and make things from scratch when I could.  I found this recipe on www.farmgirlgourmet.com.

Homemade Hamburger Helper  2- Joyful Momma's Kitchen

Homemade Hamburger Helper plate – Joyful Momma’s Kitchen

Talk about easy and delicious.  Seriously…..it didn’t take me any longer to make it from scratch than it did from a box.  You just have to do your own measuring.  No powdered cheese mix here folks.

Homemade Hamburger Helper 3 - Joyful Momma's Kitchen

Homemade Hamburger Helper 3 – Joyful Momma’s Kitchen

We devoured this and sadly, there were no leftovers to send with my husband for lunch.

Homemade Hamburger Helper

1 lb ground beef

2 1/2 cups milk

1 1/2 cups hot water

2 cups uncooked elbow macaroni

1 Tbsp cornstarch

1 Tbsp chili powder

2 tsp garlic powder

1 tsp sugar

1 tsp salt

1/4 tsp cayenne pepper

pinch crushed red pepper

2 cups shredded cheddar cheese

1. Heat a large skillet over medium heat and brown the ground beef.  Drain fat and return to pan.

2. Add the pasta, milk, water, and spices.  Stir to combine.

3. Bring to a boil and turn the heat down to a simmer.  Cover and cook for 10-12 minutes until noodles are al dente.

4. Add the cheese and stir to combine.  Serve immediately.


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