When I was just starting out on my own I remember loving hamburger helper. It was so quick and easy. The only bad part was that it was so high in fat and sodium. It was definitely a contributing factor in gaining my freshman 15. Tonight, after all these years, I had an insatiable craving for cheesy hamburger helper. I had to figure out how to make it from scratch!
The end result was surprisingly close to what I remember from my youth. It was hearty, cheesy and satisfying. This version however is a bit healthier and it’ll be a real family pleaser. (I couldn’t skimp on the cheese though!)
1 lb. lean ground beef
2 1/2 cups skim milk
1 1/2 cups hot water
2 cups tri-colored vegetable rotini or pasta of your choice
1 tbsp of cornstarch
3/4 tbsp chili powder
1 tsp garlic salt
1/4 tsp Kosher salt
2 tsp garlic powder
1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
pinch of red pepper flakes
1 cup provolone cheese, shredded
1 cup cheddar cheese (sharp, medium or mild cheddar), shredded
Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat and spray with cooking spray. Add the ground beef. Brown until the meat is cooked with no pink left.
Drain. Return the meat to the pan and add the pasta, milk, water and combine.
Add spices and stir.
Bring mixture to a boil. Turn down the heat and simmer for 10-12 minutes, or until the past is cooked al dente. Add the cheeses and stir to combine. Remove from heat and pour the mixture into a serving dish or bowl. The sauce will take a minute to thicken. Serve and enjoy!