Growing up in Texas, my mom occasionally made Hamburger Helper for dinner. It came in a box, and was so tasty, and easy for her to make. I loved it, and I still love it. Now I live in Denmark, and Hamburger Helper is not here, so I had to learn how to make it myself, from scratch. I was surprised how easy it is to make, and how it tastes even better than the original. I made a video on how to make it from scratch, which is below, and the recipe is below this video. I hope you like it. :o)
- 1/4 lb ground beef (or more)
- 1/4 small onion (cut thick)
- 1/4 tsp. garlic (minced)
- 3/4 cup whipping cream
- 1/2 cup hot water (or more)
- 1 cup elbow macaroni
- 1/8 tsp sugar
- 1/4 tsp salt
- pinch black pepper
- 1/4 tsp oregano
- 1/4 tsp parsley
- 1/4 tsp paprika
- pinch chili powder
- 1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese
- Brown the ground beef in a pot or skillet over medium/high heat until cooked.
- Add thick slices of onions, and minced garlic to the cooked meat and stir. Let it cook for about 5 minutes.
- Remove the onions, and drain the meat, if necessary.
- Add the seasonings/spices, the whipping cream, and hot water to the pot.
- Bring it to a boil, then add in the pasta.
- Cook the pasta according to package instructions.
- Then, add the shredded cheese, and stir until melted. If the sauce is not thick enough, let it cook a little bit longer before serving.
- Taste the hamburger helper and add more salt and pepper, if needed.
Tip1: When you add water to the pasta, just add enough so the pasta has enough liquid to cook in. If you cover the pot while it is boiling, then reduce the heat, and watch it closely so it doesn't spill over. I found that the longer the pasta needs to cook, the more water you need. You can always add more water while the pasta is cooking if it becomes too dry, but if you end up adding too much water it might dilute the flavor.
Tip 2: If the sauce is not thick enough, then let the finished hamburger helper cook a little bit longer before serving.