This might sound like blasphemy, but I love Hamburger Helper. I only ate it at friends’ houses in high school, and it brings back great memories. Even though I heart Hamburger Helper, I haven’t bought it for myself because the boxed kind is sooo bad for you.
But when I saw this recipe from Farmgirl Gourmet, I pinned it to make immediately. And lucky me, I had all the ingredients in my house (or close to it, so I adapted the recipe slightly and added some green to the mix).
Hope this healthier faux-hamburger helper give you and your family happy memories around the dinner table!
- 1 lb ground beef, lean
- 1 1/2 cups milk
- 1 1/2 cups hot water
- 2 cups whole wheat rotini
- 1 tbs cornstarch
- 1/2 tbs chili powder
- 2 tsp garlic powder
- 1 tsp sugar
- 1 tsp salt
- 3/4 tsp paprika
- 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
- pinch crushed red pepper flakes
- 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese, part-skin milk
- 1 cups thawed, frozen green beans, ripped into smaller parts
- Cook time: 20
- Difficulty: easy
Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the ground beef, and brown until cooked through. Drain out any fat (lean ground beef should have very little fat/grease to drain).
Add the pasta, milk, water and spices and stir to combine. Bring to a boil and turn the heat down to simmer. Add green beans. Cover and cook for 10-12 minutes, or until the pasta is al dente.
Add the cheese and stir to combine. Serve and enjoy!