I am always on the lookout for new recipes. Unfortunately, sometimes the children aren’t to thrilled with me when I try something “new”. I noticed on Pinterest recently there has been TONS of homemade hamburger helper recipes. I will admit I do love hamburger helper on occasion, but I was interested to see how the homemade version would turn out. I took a look at a few recipes and made a few changes to it. I was pleasantly surprised how GOOD it was!! I will definitely be making this again, and it was a hit with the kids!! Garlic bread is a must with this!
I added a twist to the recipe, with chopped up zucchini which is completely optional. But let me tell you it was so yummy!
Homemade Hamburger Helper
1 pound lean ground beef
1 small onion
1 teaspoon paprika
pinch to 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1 1/2 cups milk
1 1/2 cups beef broth
2 cups macaroni, uncooked
1 (80z) can tomato sauce
2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
1 small zucchini chopped (optional)
salt and pepper to taste
Note: While making this I realized I was out of tomato sauce, I substituted 3/4 cup of ketchup with a pinch of italian seasonings. Also in place of the paprika and cayenne, I used 1 1/2 teaspoons of chili powder.
- Heat a large skillet over medium heat. Brown the ground beef, onion, zucchini, dry seasonings, salt and pepper.
- Stir in the milk, broth,macaroni and tomato sauce. Bring to a boil, cover, reduce heat to simmer. Cook for 10-12 minutes or until pasta is tender. Stir occasionally to prevent sticking
- Stir in Cheddar cheese until melted