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Homemade Hamburger Helper

Sometimes the most basic meals hold the special memories. For me that meal is Hamburger Helper. It was a trendy and fast way to prepare a delicious meal with nothing more than a pound of ground beef. Let me show you how to take it to the next level with a homemade version that will impress everyone, and bring back those special memories.


1 lb of Ground Beef

1 Small Yellow Onion, minced

3 Cloves of Garlic, minced

1 Tbsp of Olive Oil

2 Tbsp of Flour

1/2 cup of Tomato Sauce

5 cups of Beef Stock

1 cup of Milk

1lb of Elbow or Shells pasta

8oz of Sharp Cheddar, grated

1 tsp of Italian seasoning

1 tsp of Granulated garlic

1 tsp of Granulated Onion

1 tsp of Paprika

1 tsp of Chili Powder

Pinch of Cayenne Pepper, optional

Salt and Pepper to taste

In a Dutch oven add the oil, preheat over medium heat, then add the beef, break it up as much as you can with a wooden spoon, cook until about 80% cooked through, if it releases too much fat, discard most leaving behind under 2 tbsp.

Add the onions and garlic, season with a touch of salt and pepper, sauté for about 5 minutes then add the flour and stir it in for a full minute.

Add the stock, milk, tomato sauce and seasonings, bring to a boil, simmer for 5 minutes then add the pasta, cook until al dente, adjust the seasoning to taste then stir in the cheese and dig right in!

To watch me show you how to make this recipe simply watch my video below.


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