Cheesy Homemade Hamburger Helper

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!)

Ingredients:

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

Instructions:

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.

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Drain. Return the meat to the pan and add the pasta, milk, water and combine.

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Add spices and stir.

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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!

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One Comment Add yours

  1. Today is cold and wet and a perfect day for Hamburger Helper! An old fashioned casserole…tastes like home, only healthier!!

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