Homemade Hamburger Helper

Homemade Hamburger Helper: BrownThumbMama.com

Back when Papa and I were newlyweds, our grocery budget was $25 a week.  Because things like Rice-a-Roni and Hamburger Helper seemed cheap (and we didn’t know any better), we ate a lot of “foods” that we wouldn’t touch now.

In a fit of nostalgia, I picked up a box of Cheeseburger Helper the last time I went to the store. Does this ingredient list seem a bit excessive and chemical-laden to anybody else?

Now check out this real food ingredient list for Cheeseburger Helper. Doesn’t it sound better?

Ground beef
Salt and pepper
Tomato sauce
Cheddar cheese

Homemade Cheeseburger Helper is just one of the amazing recipes in Better Than A Box, which is my new favorite cookbook. It has over 200 pages of tutorials and recipes that show how to transform the processed food recipes we grew up with into real food recipes.

Better Than A Box

Homemade is easier and tastier than the boxed stuff. Check it out!

Homemade Cheeseburger Helper

1 lb. ground beef
½ tsp. salt
1 tsp. black pepper
1 clove minced garlic (or ¼ tsp. garlic powder)
½ onion, chopped fine (or 2-3 tsp. onion flakes)
1 ¼ c. tomato sauce
1+ tablespoon yellow mustard
1 ¾ cups water
2 ½ cups short pasta, any shape (I used rigatoni)
2 cups shredded sharp cheddar cheese

Brown the beef in a large skillet with the salt, pepper, garlic, and onion. Drain the fat and add the tomato sauce and mustard, stirring gently. Add the pasta and water, and bring to a boil.

Reduce heat to low, and cover and simmer for 12-15 minutes until the pasta is cooked. Turn off the heat, stir in the cheese, and serve. Deeeee-licious!

What’s that? You want more healthy recipes?

Better Than A Box is the cookbook for you! The first 100 pages teach you how to reverse-engineer recipes yourself, and the remaining 100+ pages are transformed recipes for favorites like:

Chicken Rice-a-Roni Substitute
Grandma’s Tuna Noodle Casserole
Real Food Beef Stroganoff
Spicy Cheesy Chicken Dip
Homemade French Onion Dip
Bisquick Substitute
Homemade Wheat Thin Style Crackers
Stovetop Stuffing Substitute
Homemade Sausage Seasoning
Not-so-Tough Beef Jerky
Macaroni and Cheese
Velveeta Cheese Substitute/Creamy Cheese Sauce
Homemade Mayonnaise
Ranch Dressing Mix
Seasoned Salt and Dip Blends
Homemade Barbecue Sauce
Instant Pudding

If you aren’t hungry by now, have your taste buds checked! Then check out Better Than A Box and make your tummy happy.

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  1. says

    Good post. I do enjoy the Hamburger Helper style food, just not HH itself.

    As a bit of information, look down on the ingredient list and see “silcon dioxide”. Here’s a quick definition of that from dictionary.com:

    the dioxide form of silicon, SiO 2 , occurring especially as quartz sand, flint, and agate: used usually in the form of its prepared white powder chiefly in the manufacture of glass, water glass, ceramics, and abrasives.
    Also called silicon dioxide.

    Yep, ground up rocks, aka, sand. They put a fine sand in it. Good stuff. Even more reason to follow your lead and make our own food.

  2. Grandma says

    Great Reading here today. I linked from KS.. This Hamburger Helper home made recipe sounds delicious! I signed up for your newsletter.
    Thank you.

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