I gotta be honest, I love Hamburger Helper. Whether it’s beef stroganoff, cheeseburger macaroni or the beef enchilada flavor, I’m totally down. I will gobble it up like it’s my last meal on death row, I enjoy it that much. But the kids--who you would think would be into it (because, well, they’re kids)--just can’t bring themselves to eat it. Nearly every time I make it, they make a face and ask: “Why do you buy that boxed stuff, when you can probably make it better from scratch?”
My reply is almost always the same: "Because it's good now leave me and my Hamburger Helper alone, damn.”
Ground Beef & Pasta Skillet Dinners
But one day at the grocery store, standing in front of the boxed stuff, it had me thinking, just how hard can it be to make pasta skillet dinners from scratch? I mean they're literally meat, noodles, milk and some sort of powdery orange substance that is probably cheese, maybe?
So I set out to prove to the kids that yes, I can make Hamburger Helper from scratch, thank you very much, and my version will be much tastier and (slightly) healthier, too!
Here are three of my very own, homemade, absolutely-from-scratch, definitely-not-from-a-box ground beef and pasta skillet dinners. And wouldn't ya know--the kids love 'em!
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Do you have any Hamburger Helper-ish skillet dinner recipes of your own? What are your faves? Share in the comments below, I'd love to hear about them!
5/26/2017 06:55:21 pm
This reminds me of something I ate as a child! The memories.
5/26/2017 06:55:37 pm
Wow this looks delicious! it actually reminds me of something my mom used to make :) I don't eat beef anymore, but this post makes it a little more difficult!
6/13/2017 01:48:55 pm
I substitute ground chicken or turkey for ground beef, especially in Mexican dishes like tacos and nachos, you can't even tell the difference xoxo
5/26/2017 07:04:30 pm
Oh that veggie pasta sounds so good! Thanks for sharing. I'll be saving this!
5/26/2017 08:38:34 pm
Yum! I'm not a beef person, but I bet all of these would taste just as delicious with ground turkey. It's amazing how simple a yummy dinner can really be :)
6/13/2017 01:50:01 pm
Awesome! These may not be the healthiest but I can say there's much less additives, preservatives and artificial stuff in these recipes! xoxo
5/26/2017 11:20:38 pm
this good repice i make my wife cook it and then we make the sex
5/27/2017 12:49:20 am
Oh hi, Ryan!
5/27/2017 12:17:04 pm
That looks so good, got to try this out :D Im no cook but this one doesnt look that complicated to make :D
5/27/2017 04:45:51 pm
All of these recipes look delicious. I have always wanted to try making Hamburger Helper from scratch.
5/27/2017 04:59:34 pm
I grew up on Hamburger Helper and could barely choke it down as a kid. Now that I'm older, it definitely sounds good sometimes! Your recipes sounds much better, though :)
5/27/2017 06:50:20 pm
I am a big fan of cooking from scratch. Store bought stuff has too many preservatives in it for me. Thanks for sharing.
5/27/2017 06:51:09 pm
Haha yur kids make me laugh- what kids actually request homemade over box?! I love it. I used to love the "lasagna" flavored hamburger helper :D
5/29/2017 01:11:35 pm
My mom made something similar when I was a kid that we loved and I make for my Step-kids its a favorite.
6/3/2017 07:24:03 pm
This skillet looks so much better than the hamburger helper!!
6/13/2017 01:47:48 pm
I hate to say it but it tastes better too LOL why was I eating that boxed stuff for so long??? xoxo
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