Who doesn’t love hamburger helper…

Why is it that you get an itch for a childhood meal make it at home and are incredibly disappointed?   Like I said in many of my posts Jay and I definitely try live more naturally and source food from local sustainable sources when possible…but as any normal person sometime we get a wild hair and just want some old time afterschool grub like hamburger helper.   My mom is an amazing cook and rarely made anything out of a box but SOMETIMES there was a ragu night or my favorite cheeseburger macaroni night.

Jay and I talked about this and decided what the hell…lets go old school.  DISAPPOINTMENT!!!  I truly believe that our processed food is more processed and just doesn’t taste the same…


Sorry Betty but with these ingredients…No thanks

Enriched Parboiled Rice (Rice, Iron, Niacin, Thiamin Mononitrate, Folic Acid), Corn Starch, Maltodextrin, Whey, Salt, Enriched Flour (Wheat Flour, Niacin, Iron, Thiamin Mononitrate, Riboflavin, folic Acid), Partially Hydrogenated Soybean Oil, Sugar, *Chili Pepper, *Ricotta Cheese (Whey, Milkfat, Lactic Acid, Salt), Paprika, *Corn Syrup, Spice, *Red Bell Peppers, Modified Corn Starch, Monosodium Glutamate, *Tomato, Citric Acid, Lactic Acid, Natural Flavor, Calcium Lactate, Sodium Caseinate, *Garlic, Colors (Yellow Lakes 5 & 6, Yellows 5 & 6), Monoglycerides, Malic Acid, Yeast Extract.  *DRIED

And why do such a thing when you KNOW….

So I am trying a recipe from the www.thefarmgirlgourmet.com and I know it will be amazing…just look at the ingredients!

Homemade Hamburger Helper

Prep Time: 2 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 20 minutes

Yield: Makes 4-6 Servings

Homemade Hamburger Helper

Easy to make and a real crowd pleaser. Try it from scratch, you’ll be glad you did.


  • 1 lb ground beef
  • cooking spray
  • 2 1/2 cups milk
  • 1 1/2 cups hot water
  • 2 cups elbow macaroni
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 2 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • pinch crushed red pepper flakes
  • 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese


  1. Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat. Spray with cooking spray and add the ground beef. Brown until cooked through and no longer pink. Discard any fat. Add the pasta, milk, water and spices and stir to combine. Bring to a boil and turn the heat down to simmer. Cover and cook for 10-12 minutes, or until the pasta is al dente. Add the cheese and stir to combine. Serve immediately

Read more at http://www.farmgirlgourmet.com/2012/12/homemade-hamburger-helper.html#j8QUkArSSLrVgtiw.99


Published on: March 2, 2014

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