Homemade Hamburger Helper

Thinking of Homemade 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

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

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

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

Homemade Hamburger Helper

1 lb ground beef

2 ½ cups milk

1 ½ cups hot water

2 cups uncooked elbow macaroni

1 tablespoon cornstarch

1 tablespoon chili powder

2 teaspoon garlic powder

1 teaspoon sugar

1 teaspoon salt

¼ teaspoon 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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  1. Made this tonight, and it was FANTASTIC!! A little spicy for me (I'm a wimp), but the hubby wolfed down 2 bowls! Will definitely make this again, maybe half the cayenne. I can't wait to explore your blog and try some more recipes of yours!!

  2. This is great! My son had hamburger helper a few months ago at a friends house and has been begging me to make it! This will be a great healthy alternative, my son won't know the difference!

  3. This sounds delicious! I hate cooking out of a box, but sometimes it just happens. I would much rather cook this instead! I am loving your recipes-they are all things I would actually make. I live on a farm in Eastern MT, and a lot of the food my husband is used to is the meat and potatoes type, which is not usually the stuff you find on food blogs. So thank you!

    1. You are welcome!! I live in Bozeman and I have family all over the state. :). Where is your farm? My dad lives in Malta and has farm land in Scobey

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