Years ago, before we gave up processed foods, Betty Crocker’s Hamburger Helper® was one of my “go-to” meals. It was inexpensive and quick (two of my favorite things!) and pretty much everyone liked it.
Since then, I’ve made many failed attempts at recreating that taste and texture. But I finally hit pay dirt a couple of months ago! And, best of all, the homemade creation actually leaves the taste of the boxed version in the dust.
It may not be as quick as dumping the packet full of pre-mixed spices into the pot, but it’s pretty dang close!
Homemade Hamburger Helper
1 lb or so of ground beef
2 cups of milk
2 cups of hot water
2 cups uncooked elbow macaroni
1 Tbsp flour
*1 tsp sugar
*2 tsp garlic powder
*1 tsp salt
*½ tsp pepper
*1 Tbsp chili powder
2 cups shredded cheese of your preference (cheddar or fiesta blend seem to work best)
*All spices/seasonings measurements are approximate. Sorry, I don’t measure those…just shake, stir, taste, and adjust. I’ve tried keeping track of each teaspoon and tablespoon and I mess it up every.single.time.
In a large skillet, brown meat and drain off excess fat. Return meat to pan.
Add milk, hot water, macaroni noodles, flour, sugar, and seasoning/spices. Stir to combine and bring to a slight boil.
Reduce heat and simmer until noodles are done, stirring occasionally (about 8-10 minutes).
Stir in cheese and serve.
Notes & variations:
I used whole milk. If you’re using skim milk, you may want to increase the milk by ½ cup and decrease the water by ½ cup.
Ground venison (what I use) or turkey would work just as well as beef.
Whole wheat macaroni can be used.
Add a bit of water if the liquid is cooking out before your noodles are done.
Feel free to experiment with other seasonings, such as onion powder, cayenne pepper, and/or paprika.
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