What would you say one of your favorite childhood meals was? I have a handful, one of them being hamburger helper. Growing up we always just ate the stuff from the box. There’s nothing wrong with that per se… but we all know most boxed foods are loaded with a lot of junk we don’t need and homemade from scratch food is always better in my opinion. This recipe is a breeze and you can throw it together in a snap. Most times when I stock up on ground beef I’ll brown it right away and freeze it. Then all I have to do is take it out of the fridge and add it to our meal that night. This is definitely one of the meals you can do with pre browned ground beef to make a quick weeknight meal. This recipe is warm, creamy, and comforting, but it doesn’t taste like it comes from a box. It’s everything you remember from your childhood, but better and better for you.


  • 1 lb of hamburger
  • garlic powder to taste
  • onion powder to taste
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • a quirt of ketchup (about a tbsp) and a squirt of mustard, I like dijon mustard personally about 1 tsp
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 2 cups of cheese – I like a mix of cheddar and american – you could do just cheddar though.
  • a couple of tbsp of butter
  • pasta noodle of choice. I use the jovial pasta, gluten free


  • Begin by browning your hamburger. Drain.
  • Add in seasoning, ketchup and mustard.
  • I like to cook my pasta separate according to package directions, drain. Take my drained pasta back to the stove top on low
  • Add in my butter and milk and stir
  • Add in your cheese, stir as the cheese melts.
  • Add in your ground beef and stir until everything is incorporated.

Serve hot. I like to serve ours with a vegetable any will do but we love mixed veggies the best with this dish. It’s comforting and perfect for those cold winter days!

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