Before we were married my husband lived off Hamburger Helper. Since we didn’t get married until he had lived the single life for over 10 years I can honestly say he was quite good at cooking it too. However, when we got married, I rarely would fix the stuff until I learned he actually kind of missed the taste.
Being the frugal recipe nut I am I decided to try my hand at finding a homemade version I could make for cents on the dollar that would also be lower in sodium. The result is what you see below. Goose loves it and often takes it for his lunches now. It’s much cheaper to make than the box version or even a deli sandwich and oh so filling.
When I make this for Goose I usually double the batch, cook it, and then freeze it in 1-cup storage containers for him to grab each morning on his way out the door. While my husband likes his veggies separate, you could also add a cup or so of peas to make the meal an all-in-one. Try it and let me know what you think. It’s definitely a keeper in our books.
Classic Homemade Hamburger Helper
Course: Main Course
- 1 1⁄2 lbs. ground beef or turkey
- 2 c. pasta uncooked (we usually use macaroni, shells, penne, or spiral)
- 1⁄2 c. minced onion
- 16 oz. tomato sauce
- 1 c. water
- 1 tbsp. Worcestershire sauce
- 1 tsp. salt
- 1 tsp. pepper
- Lightly brown beef and onion in a skillet; drain. Stir in remaining ingredients. Lower heat. Cover and simmer 25 minutes or until macaroni is tender; stir occasionally.