31 Days of Delicious Easy Recipes For Busy Wives: Homemade Hamburger Helper (Day 9)

I had no idea how to cook from scratch early in my marriage but now I love it!  Early on I realized that I usually have the simple ingredients required for most “boxed meals,’ and it would almost be simpler to make a homemade hamburger helper version than to buy the box.  (Confession: When some of the boxed meals go on rock-bottom sale and I can buy them for pennies, I will pick up a few for emergencies – so no judgment here if you use those).  On normal days though, it’s just as fast to cook these comfort meals from scratch.

Homemade Hamburger Helper

What does it require to make homemade hamburger helper from scratch?  Depending on which version you are mimicking, you just need ground meat, pasta (or rice or potatoes), cheese, a little water, and seasonings.  That’s all that it is, right?  If you want cheeseburger macaroni, just use the elbow noodles, ground meat, and lots of cheddar.

Homemade Hamburger Helper Recipe

Just like the boxed version, you do precook the ground meat, but you won’t have to precook the pasta, rice, or potatoes.  Cook and drain 1 lb. of ground beef or turkey.  Add l cup hot water, 2 cups of milk, 1 to 1/2 cups pasta, rice, or very small sliced potatoes, 1 Tablespoon salt, 1 teaspoon pepper, 1 teaspoon garlic powder, 1 teaspoon onion powder, 1 teaspoon paprika, 1 teaspoon sugar.

Stir the mixture well and cook on medium heat for 10 minutes.  Stir and add liquid if needed.  Add lid and simmer on low for 20 minutes.  Remove from heat, add 1 to 1/2 cups of cheese, and let sit for 5 minutes before serving.  Homemade hamburger helper will thicken as it sits.  Enjoy!

Here’s the printable homemade hamburger helper recipe:

Homemade Hamburger Helper (The How-to Guru)
 
Ingredients
  • 1 lb ground meat
  • 1 C hot water
  • 2 C milk
  • 1 to 1/2 C pasta, rice, or small sliced potatoes
  • 1 T salt
  • 1 t pepper
  • 1 t garlic powder
  • 1 t onion powder
  • 1 t paprika
  • 1 t sugar
  • 1 to 1/2 cups cheese
  • extra water if needed
Instructions
  1. Cook and drain 1 lb. of ground beef or turkey.
  2. Add l cup hot water, 2 cups of milk, 1 to 1/2 cups pasta, rice, or very small sliced potatoes, 1 Tablespoon salt, 1 teaspoon pepper, 1 teaspoon garlic powder, 1 teaspoon onion powder, 1 teaspoon paprika, 1 teaspoon sugar.
  3. Stir the mixture well and cook on medium heat for 10 minutes.
  4. Stir and add liquid if needed.
  5. Add lid and simmer on low for 20 minutes.
  6. Remove from heat, add cheese, and let sit for 5 minutes before serving.
  7. Enjoy!
 

I’d love to know … Which do you prefer – boxed or homemade hamburger helper?

 

Homemade Hamburger Helpger

 

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12 Comments

  1. Equal Wright
    August 31, 2016 / 10:27 am

    It’s 2016… yet all time saving tips on cooking etc… are for “busy wives?” Well I guess I’ll have to find another blog for busy spouses who cook, and want to save time in 2016.

    • Shan
      Author
      August 31, 2016 / 10:59 am

      Yes, it’s 2016 and this is an online haven to encourage and motivate women whether working or stay-at-home that are in the trenches of marriage, cooking, and everything else in the day-to-day. Sometimes they have help in the kitchen, but the point is that I love to provide hope and hacks specifically for women who are busy wives. There are blogs for everything these days so if that isn’t what you need….. Thanks for visiting though.

      blessings,
      Shan

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