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Hamburger Helper

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hamburger helper

As I have said before as a kid my mom was not a fan of cooking, so many of our dishes were easy, heat and serve dishes.  The funny side of this is that although my mom was into easy she never once used Hamburger Helper.  I remember telling her how much I wished she’d buy Hamburger Helper because I loved it, but she would never even consider it.  She hated it.  She would make homemade versions, but never buy the boxed brand.

I guess this trait has now been passed on to me, because I have never purchased it either.  I really have no reason why other than my mom never did, so I don’t.

In saying all this, I still do like the idea behind it so this is my family’s version of the great Hamburger Helper.

Enjoy this kid friendly dish!

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5 Responses to “Hamburger Helper”

  1. JudyLposted January 9, 2012 at 4:18 pm

    This recipe looks really good & very simple-something to make fast when I’m in a hurry, or for my teenagers to make themselves. I’m going to make it for may family tonight to see what they think.

    A couple of suggestions though-
    First, it would be really helpful if you added cheese to the ingredient list. I know it’s in the picture, but when I made my shopping list, I jsut looked at the ingredient list & didn’t get any cheese.
    Second – I think I know the answer to this, but do you mean 1 cup dry macaroni, cooked? Or 1 cup after it’s cooked? I know this may sound stupid, but I’ve seen it meant both ways.



    • Mommy Hates Cookingreplied January 9th, 2012 at 4:26 pm

      It’s not stupid, and I agree it’s been written both ways and I’ve probably written it both ways too. I am talking 1 cup dry pasta, cooked and drained.
      I’ll add cheese thanks for mentioning that!!

      • JudyLreplied January 9th, 2012 at 7:12 pm

        So the verdict is in – my family LOVED it! My teenage boys don’t like spinach except in salad or on pizza,but they both ate a big helping of this & wanted more – we all did! This is so fast & easy,it’s going to be a keeper – thanks!

        I ended up doubling the recipe & using 1 can of the meat pasta sauce, which wasn’t quite enough, so I added 1/8c water & it was perfect. Since I didn’t have the mozzarella, we used colby/jack that I had on hand. Would’ve been better with the mozzarella,but my boys aren’t picky. I even liked it without the cheese. We had enough for me, my husband, adult son, 17 & 14 yr old sons & enough left for my husband’s lunch tomorrow – so it makes quite a bit.

        I follow your sister, but I found this on pinterest. I’ve re-pinned it with the added message about how good it it.


        • Kristyreplied January 9th, 2012 at 7:14 pm

          Thanks for the review, I’m so glad you liked it. It’s always nice to have people follow up on the recipes they’ve tried especially if they do things differently so I can hear different ideas too.

          My son is a toddler, but he doesn’t care for spinach either and he loves this. That’s how it quickly became a keeper around here!


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