Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Copycat Cheeseburger Macaroni Hamburger Helper Mix

Car repairs loom on the horizon and in an attempt to save money we're eating everything in our freezer and cupboards before we buy too much more. I have a HUGE amount of ground beef in the chest freezer and am tired of every recipe I have. I considered buying some Hamburger Helper until I read the box and saw what was in it so instead I'm working on a new series of copycat mixes like...

Copycat Cheeseburger Macaroni Hamburger Helper Mix

1/2 cup powdered milk
1 tablespoon corn starch
2 teaspoons paprika
1 teaspoon onion powder
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1 teaspoon sugar
1 teaspoon nutritional yeast
1/2 teaspoon salt (use 1 teaspoon if you want it to taste like 'real' hamburger helper, which is ridiculously salty. Use 1/2 if you don't want to die of hypertension)

What else you'll need

1 pound ground beef browned
3 cups cold water
1.5 cups uncooked macaroni
1 1/2 cups shredded cheddar cheese

In a saucepan combine mix with cold water and stir well. Add in macaroni and cooked beef and simmer until pasta is cooked and sauce thickens. Stir in 1 cup of cheese until it melts.

Top with 1/2 cup of cheese and serve.

This was SO delicious! It won't be so hard using up all our food if I can make things like this.

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