https://www.loavesanddishes.net/how-to-make-hamburger-helper-recipe ~Heather, Heather – I wholeheartedly disagree with the above comment. This is the first time that I’ve come across your page and I have to say, if it can make my sickly housemate come out of hibernation and states that he wants it… that’s saying something! Just give credit and please use your own pics. It reheats wonderfully in the microwave. I’ve not made that since I was in college and had no money!” Well, every now and then I’ve made a box, but I’m Like what you see? When this mixes with everything else, the texture becomes grainy or clumpy. I made it for my family of 5 and they loved it. This will def. Definitely….Although your’s looks more appetizing than mine! Happy Monday! I just put them in a larger zip loc, (like a sandwich bag) and label it. They are really good if you want to try the different types. For instance, in the "from scratch" recipe above, cheddar cheese is suggested, but other blends work as well. Add bouillon cubes and stir until dissolved. , can you substitute warm chicken stock for water? This was good. Hi Esther. I can’t wait! My kids loved it. Was looking for granola bar recipes, and stumbled on the ‘Hamburger Helper’ recipe…I am on a journey to feed my family as little processed food as possible, and boxed hamburger helper is one thing that they absolutely LOVE, much to my dismay I will be trying this recipe soon! Maybe cornstarch was the problem for the one who commented on the curdled texture? ~heather. You know me, I hate boxes and processed food, so I made it from scratch-a-roo. Have used this recipe quite a few times now, haven’t bought a box of hamburger helper in years. Wow!!!!! To me, vinegar seems like it would complement the cheese flavor really well. Use Whole Milk, if the instructions call for milk. but only did 1 tsp of chili powder. xo Heather. Some nights are BUSY and you just need to get something ON THE TABLE, here are EASY ways to make it taste great! It makes the weeknight really easy, I know all I need to grab is meat & cheese & I am ready to go. I made this tonight with the addition of chopped onion and red pepper…I don’t think we’ll have enough to freeze thanks. I’ve been using organic arrowroot. Kinda defeats the processed part but it was yummy! This HEALTHY HAMBURGER HELPER is a one skillet dinner that is reminiscent of one of my favorite childhood meals – Cheeseburger Macaroni! There is a recipe for that too on Chickens in the Road, I actually love hamburger helper but I knew there was a homemade way so thank you!!! I bet that would be a great sub for hamburger. You might try substituting pepper jack for a spicier twist on the basic recipe. Thanks! But it turned out awesome thanks. Mmmm smoked paprika is delish! Overall it has a great foundation just have to tweak the cheese n spices to fit your family’s tastes! Thoughts? It only requires one pan (which equals fewer dishes to clean up), and the meal … Then I’d melt the cheese and butter in a saucepan. This meal turned out great! The more they ate the more they complained of how spicy it was. I am actually lactose intolerant so I couldn’t even try it before I served it. I love that you snuck in some good for you ingredients. Your recipe is absolutely perfect! Enjoy the recipe!! Thanks for commenting. I am the same when it comes to box stuff and will make it from scratch anytime someone is craving the box. All Right Reserved. Thanks for sharing! I was stoked when I ran across a recipe for Homemade Hamburger Helper on the Farmgirl Gourmet. For those of you who don’t like the texture of the cheddar cheese, you can use melted velveeta or one of those new velveeta sauce packets instead. This recipe is a great compromise for our family. I love this, Heather!! I don’t use velveeta since they started puting gmo soy in it as well i do not use corn starch. I try to make as much as I can from scratch. Thank you for the comment April. Terry. I’m making this tonight for dinner, I already have tri colored rotini pasta cooked, so I’ll add the pasta at the end, but I’m amused at people saying the texture of the finished product is weird. Thanks! No idea Tricia! Any tomato juice would do It turned out super good!! If you’d rather skip my essential cooking tips and tricks and get straight to this delicious recipe – simply scroll to the bottom of the page where you can find the printable recipe … not be the last time My husband and I use it , I enjoyed this recipes. She gobbled this up!! And I love how you give instructions. – Mom Saves Money, Albertsons » Going from Boxed to Fresh | Guest Post from Darbi Townsend, Who doesn’t love hamburger helper… | Lifes Little Adventure. Thank you Diana! Maybe they will cook a little more evenly. I’ve made this twice now and the family loves it. My husband was thrilled! I think the best way to make HH taste better is to use stock to prepare instead of water. You’re still chugging gallons of water. To make your dish more healthy, consider adding veggies to the mix. Drain any remaining fat from the pan. I based if off my recipe for original Hamburger Helper with a few tweaks. And lucky me, I had all the ingredients in my house (or close […]. My family loved it! Tomatoes sound like a great addition. We have found that processed food has an effect on her, so as the chief cook, I am always looking for recipes. that looks amazing. […] I whipped up a mock-Hamburger Helper without all of the fake stuff that’s in there. My family could have used a bit more spice. I think the idea is good but there’s something wrong with the execution. He didn’t even notice the difference! Will most certainly be a stable on our table!! We have also gone GF, but before we did, we made this recipe and it was awesome. I use 1% milk and mild cheddar cheese when I make it. definately making this! Can’t wait to make it again sometime. I haven’t had Hamburger Helper in a very long time. Recipe makes a lot of servings, great for lunch tomorrow too! Hey!! Thank you so much for commenting. Used what I had: No elbows, used spirals. Hamburger Helper is a mix that includes noodles and a flavoring package that you add to ground beef (or chicken or whatever type you have purchased). The recipe lacked fresh flavor (like fresh onions or fresh garlic). Uncover; add remaining ingredients and simmer 5 minutes or until thickened. We make it almost once a week and I’ve never had a curdling incident! This came out so well! I substitute it in all my recipes with milk because my son has Aspergers. Made it tonight, it was fabulous! Thank you! Only problem was guilt about “the box”. This is REALLY YUMMY! Comments like this make my day! Well from a box that is. Thanks for the tip and glad you enjoyed it!! Then I married a man who was the opposite. It wasn’t as flavorful as I like it so I added a dash of cumin, pinch more of salt, and a spoonful of cream cheese Perfect! By the way, I am a “hubby”. Serve your hamburger helper with: Caesar Salad; Cheesy Garlic Bread; Buttery Bread Knot; Zucchini Fries; Roasted Vegetables Storage: Store leftovers in the fridge for 2-3 days or the freezer for … Avid organic gardener, wannabe Chopped champion, delicious picture taker, best mom ever and wife to Prince Charming. Also make sure you don’t have the stove too hot, or add the cheese too early. Not sure where I found the recipe, but my boys won’t even hear of eating the boxed kind anymore. First I would probably suggest using a sharp cheddar cheese vs a regular mild cheese, might give it more depth. ago, he told me one of his favorite things was Hamburger Helper. I change it up depending on what I have available, but adding broccoli, mushrooms, garlic, and onions are the norm. I work as a tax accountant, and have been working 7 days a week since January, today is my first day off in months…so I decided to look up a GF version. Discard any fat. However, for a meal that’s quick to throw together and that my 4 year old will gobble up, I’m all for it. Add some combination of water and milk (the amounts will be on the back of the box). Came back for seconds! This is an excellent recipe!! This is a recipe you can add to and increase the nutrional value quite easily. Thank you. I thought with all the spices it should taste good but it did not have any flavor to it. YUM….love the addition of smoked habanero powder! I would like to start this post by stating that I have never made or eaten (that I recall) Hamburger Helper. Not sure when that will be, but I will let you know and in the mean time wait for your “OK” or not =) Thanks!! I do appreciate hearing feedback (especially good). I just reduced the liquid to 1 cup of milk and 1 cup of water, a much better alternative to HH. OMG so good. The meat was over cooked and rubbery and starchy from the pasta. Made this recipe tonight, a spoonful of cream cheese would help with the texture issue, or if you are ok with it velveeta does work. I used egg noodles and had no problem with them falling apart. Looks great but never use hot tap water! I would try broccoli, carrots, peas, etc. My husband and I have made this recipe a few times and it is just great! @2020 - Farmgirl Gourmet. You could just heat the tap water in the microwave or on the stove before putting it onto the pan. Will continue to make recipes as is. Awesome Allison!! Thank you! I need to give the cabbage trick a try. So much better then the boxed recipe. Give it a good stir and ring the dinner bell. I really dislike boxed Hamburger Helper but my family loves it.It always just tastes like salt and noodles to me, no matter what variety you get. I’m a very good cook and can tell right away that your blend of spices will be just right.. I’ll be substituting with coconut palm sugar and sugar free almond milk. Definitely a keeper! I read the comments before making this and had high hopes that it would be good. Hi Katie! The recipe is for a homemade version of Hamburger Helper, where you in fact cook ALL the ingredients together, and you NEVER add pasta sauce – that is spaghetti. Lol! chili powder, 1 tsp. I will definitely give it a try with Boca grounds. Plus I have loved all the suggestions on how to change it up a bit. I am so happy I met you. I’ll be sharing this recipe at a from-scratch workshop I have coming up at work (with proper citation, of course! Melted cheese gets grainy if you melt it on too high of heat. I will look in to that. From there, I learned so much about food. I HATE hamburger helper. I can’t wait to serve it to my beau and my friend because it’s starting to make my tummy growl. STIR Stir in hot water, milk, Sauce Mix and Pasta. I am making this surprise dish for my daughters tonight! I just made this…followed the recipe to a “T”. I myself, would possibly cut back on the cayenne and add a little more salt and at least a teaspoon of pepper. Hot water dissolves contaminants, like lead, more easily. , I made this with a few changes were a gluten free casein free house so no dairy… […] when I saw this recipe from Farmgirl Gourmet, I pinned it to make immediately. I am updating the post now with the measurements. OMG!!! Thanks so much! Yep, true stuff. […], […] Homemade Hamburger Helper on Farmgirl Gourmet: adore a comforting feel of this recipe, ideal for a cold Vineyard winter! Put the box away and make this homemade hamburger helper. Add the cheese and stir to combine. I used ground turkey. Easy Homemade Hamburger Helper recipe. She would have regular breakouts on her face, shoulders and chest, and avoided wearing tanktops or Vnecks due to her acne, and would tend to pull her hair in front of her face to cover her breakouts. I have cooked it twice so far (in a few days). — Added 2 Tbsp. I do this for a lot of home made recipes. Add frozen vegetables as you are ready to cook for the final 10 minutes. I prepared exactly as you described. Let me know when you’re live and I will pop over!! Switch out water in the recipe for broth or stock (chicken or vegetable probably work best) to add a ton of flavor. : Elbow macaroni (they are made out of wheat flour and other ingredients), Sure! Again…sorry it was a bust for you. I can share what I grew up eating without the guilt. I also use whole wheat macaroni. ( I use chicken broth to add flavor though – it’s in my recipe). STEP 3. Added mushrooms too. Kim, Thanks Kim. I understand what you mean by ‘grainy’. So glad you enjoyed it Kate!! very easy to do. Thank you so, so SO much! Brown until cooked through and no longer pink. I added a lot of vegetables to mine; shredded carrots, celery, onion, mushroom and red peppers (A mother thing to do). Is this spicy for the kids since younpit in cayenne and crushed red pepper? When my daughter was pregnant, I went with her to set up her registry. Ground beef for the win! Thanks again!! I use all organic for my grandson, and working it into the rest of the family’s diet. Happy Cooking! SO GOOD!! Cover and cook for 10-12 minutes, or until the pasta is al dente. Thank you so much for providing a recipe to make it from scratch!! I have the worlds pickiest eight year old…he asks for this once a week. ~Heather. Thing is I don’t like it much anymore just taste like they changed the flavor. I was looking for someway to use it up other than chili and more tacos. Of course! Thank you for sharing this. […] Homemade Hamburger Helper from Farmgirl Gourmet […]. Can’t wait to try some of your other recipes . I had to laugh as I read, my husband loves Hamburger Helper and I do NOT for your same reason Salt. Hey Will – I made it tonight with “Rice Dream” Rice Drink (milk) – came out amazing. I used the best ingredients available but this dish is lacking “brightness”… Perhaps a little Italian seasoning and a spritz of lime might liven it up a bit. I would much prefer from-scratch and this looks amazing! My oldest daughter is intolerant, and she has been suffering from moderate to bad acne since she was 11, she is now about to turn 23. My 15 year old son helped make it! Amazing! I have to say, as a fan of H.H., this tasted nothing like the original. Also changed to ground chicken breast for lower fat, I add some wilted spinach at the end for a boost of nutrition. That’s a great idea Lara. My daughter ate it but kept saying ” Hot hot” and chugging water! Happy Cooking! There’s a good reason…it tastes better than the boxed stuff and it’s so incredibly easy!! Perfect for a quick meal with few ingringredients. The nice thing about Hamburger Helper dishes is that they're easy to customize with whatever ingredients you think will taste good. Fantastic! I nearly grew up on hamburger helper and chicken helper but have never bought a box. Ha! My husband went back for seconds! I will make it again! Took little more time because I make the milk and the noodles take a little longer, but not much longer. Why do people pay for the box and all that packaging? The only change I made was added a splash of red hot because I didn’t have cyanne added black pepper, didn’t have red pepper flakes that’s it. wow, I was trying to figure out dinner and i kept thinking something with groundbeef, this is an awesome recipe, it smells good(im making it) going by all the comments I am sure its going to come out great! I would never have tried to pass this off as HH because that stuff just isn’t that good. I made this, last night, and am in agreement- kiss that boxed meal, “buh bye!” I thought it was great. I don't want to waste it, but any time my husband suggests we make it for dinner to use it up I can't help but wrinkle my nose. So glad your family loved it. Ever. I followed the recipe as shown and it came out grainy with little flavor. I can’t have dairy so i changed the milk to Silk milk and cheese to dairy free cheese. Made this a few nights ago after getting a bizarre craving for Hamburger Helper. It was great, thank you. I made this for dinner except I left out the cornstarch and the cayenne pepper (boyfriend asked me to skip the cornstarch and we did not have cayenne pepper). I followed the directions except we use venison and added bacon because bacon is awesome. Unprocessed Hamburger Helper: If you thought cheesy pasta had to come from a box in order to be delicious, well, you were wrong! Stay out of the kitchen. The hubs…he was in comfort food nirvana for hours. So glad you enjoyed it Sherry! Might be something to try. I think my daughter will appreciate it too, I’m not sure her single girl that barely cooks kitchen has all the spices, or if she’d even take the minimal time needed, but if I do it, I know she’ll make it. Then I’d cook the pasta with JUST water per directions. Thanks for letting me know you enjoyed it. I added a whole jalapeno instead of the cayenne (just what I had on hand), and upped the amount of paprika and chili powder at the end to taste. 3 cloves garlic, minced Whenever I have a pound of ground beef in my fridge waiting to be used, I almost immediately turn to this recipe. I didn’t have enough cheese, so I added some condensed cheese soup, it was so tasty! Thanks for a wonderful recipe. Somehow, this worked full circle back to the whole “classic staple” idea. One bite from the Hubs and he was in HH heaven…..again. I swore I’d never ever ever ever ever make it. Nice job! So glad you enjoyed it!! Easy for them to make and had flavor. that’s the whole reason I never made it for my husband. My kids were shocked to see it cuz they love it. I agree, when you make cheese sauces from scratch they are going to have a different texture because its not powder. Who are you people?! 2 t cornstarch I Used Whole Milk, That Was The Only Change? The emails! I want to try the beef stroganoff version – that looks yummy. I added some sauteed onion, then a quick rue of butter and flour, a little white wine and chicken stock reduced before the macaroni and wet stuff (I can’t leave a good recipe alone), and then added steamed broccoli florets to the mix at the end. Thanks for commenting and sharing. With that said, recipe developing is not as easy as it may seem and it’s impossible to appeal to everyone’s tastes when creating what you believe is a good recipe. Thank you for the amazing recipe! Was terrific. Cover with a lid. I cup the galic powder for 1 teaspoon and added 1/2 cup of diced tomatoes. Homemade Hamburger Helper | The Spiffy Cookie, Homemade Hamburger Helper | Trial and Error of All Things Domestic, Homemade Hamburger Helper! I even put a bit of cream cheese and everything else the recipe asked for minus the chili peppers. Thanks so much! i just want to say thank you so much for this recipe! How do I make it without the cheese? They were shocked. This worked perfectly. xo ~heather. xo ~heather. Lol. I know I’ve eaten HH but can’t for the life of me remember where and when – maybe college when I was poor? It’s just spicy without any REAL flavor. I, too, have used this recipe several times since stumbling across it. Skip the box and make this Homemade Hamburger Helper from scratch. To brown frozen meat in the Instant Pot: Place 1 cup of water in the bottom of the pan; Insert the cooking tray/trivet I will actually be preparing with some ground venison. Hearing comments like this makes my day!! Thank you very much for this. My wife has long term health problems and doesn’t have the strength to cook. How much would I use since it’s a larger pasta? I have been making this for a few years now. Did not change a thing when making but my husband did add sriracha to it at the table. Mine came out great! Thanks for featuring it today on your blog!! Thanks for the heads up. 1 t rice wine vinegar Not sure how it tastes as it is still cooking, but it smells fabulous! Toss in 2 cups of uncooked elbow macaroni. These were perfect directions! at first, and then add gradually more “to taste,” if you want. His mom made every meal from scratch so boxed food is foreign to him. I have even given away with instructions to people who need easy meals, but are trying to get away from boxed foods. Thanks again. say grainy, but it does have a different consistency-I’m sure it’s the cornstarch. What do you think? 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