In an effort to cut down on wasting food, I decided to halve the meat portions of some of my main dishes (stuffed peppers, soups, spaghetti meat sauce), and I was left with half a pound of lean ground beef that I didn’t have a meal plan for. I wanted to cook something I knew my husband would like, and something he likes to make when I am not home is hamburger helper. I thought my toddler would love this too because he loves pasta and peas, but I think he wasn’t fond of the seasoning (should have just reserved some mac n cheese for him).
Homemade Hamburger Helper (modified from Farmgirl Gourmet)
- 1/2 lb ground beef
- 2 cups milk
- 1 1/2 cups hot water
- 2 cups noodles
- 1 tablespoon cornstarch
- 1 tablespoon chili powder
- 2 teaspoons garlic powder
- 1 teaspoon sugar (I used brown sugar)
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 3/4 teaspoon paprika
- 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
- pinch crushed red pepper flakes
- 1 cup frozen vegetables (I used 1/2 cup peas and 1/2 cup corn)
- 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
- Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat. Brown the ground beef and drain. Add the frozen veggies, pasta, milk, water and spices and stir to combine. Bring to a boil and turn the heat down to simmer. Cover and cook for 10-12 minutes, or until the pasta is al dente. Add the cheese and stir to combine. Serve immediately.
And compared to the boxed version we cut the sodium in about half (my version was 1,810 mg of sodium for the entire batch).