Hamburger Helper Copy Cat



Adapted from

My Mom always used to make hamburger helper when I was a kid – I associate it with comfort food.  My hubby also loves the stuff but I don’t like making it since it’s processed food from a box.  Fortunately making it from scratch take basically the same amount of time because even making it from the box still required you to brown the beef, mix into spices, pasta, water, etc and boil away!  All you have to do EXTRA is measure out the spices!  What’s not to like?  It’s a fraction of the cost of course too….and I’m not running for glasses of water through out the evening (less salt).

Hilariously my husband asked for hamburger helper for his birthday dinner (oy) so here we have it!


1 pound of extra lean ground beef

2 1/2 cups fat-free milk

1 1/2 cups hot water

2 cups gluten free elbow macaroni

1 Tbsp cornstarch

1 Tbsp chili powder

2 tsp garlic powder

1 tsp sugar

1/2 tsp salt

3/4 tsp paprika

1/4 tsp cayenne pepper (or less)

pinch crushed red pepper flakes

1 1/2 cups sharp cheddar cheese, shredded


1. Add the ground beef to skillet. With a spoon, break up the meat, browning until cooked through and no longer pink, about 5-6 minutes, drain excess fat.

2. Add the pasta, milk, water, cornstarch, and spices; stir to combine. Bring to a boil and turn the heat down to low and simmer. Cover and cook for 10-12 minutes, or until the pasta is al dente. Stir frequently.  Add the cheese and stir to combine. Serve immediately.

Yield: 5 servings (~1 1/4 cup each)


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