Fresh Hamburger Helper you will Actually Enjoy
Recipe type: Dinner
Cuisine: Italian
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Serves: feeds 2 growing boys and their parents
This is a quick dinnertime meal that take about 45min to make 30 if you prepare some things in advance.
  • The Dry Stuff mix all this stuff in a small bowl
  • 1 Tbsp dried onion (if doing fresh use about ½ med onion)
  • ¼ tsp Oregano
  • ½ tsp Garlic flakes (if doing fresh use about 3 cloves garlic)
  • ½ tsp Basil
  • ½ tsp Italian Seasoning
  • ½ tsp salt
  • If doing fresh add 3 button mushrooms chopped up. (yes cut into ity bity pieces)
  • The wet stuff (not the kinky wet)
  • 3 and ½ cups water
  • 8oz can tomato paste
  • Mix this stuff in a large measure cup or a bowl
  • The Meat (for the wet stuff)
  • 1lb Ground beef (splurge on the good stuff if you can the extra lean it means no draining other wise you will have to get rid of the extra oil)
  • The Noodles
  • 8oz your favourite pasta shape ie. shells, spirals macaroni (not spaghetti, linguini or noodles in any form)
  1. use this type of skillet you will like the bennifitsStart with a med large about 12in skillet, now heat that bad girl up get her really warm.
  2. Put your meat into the pan and brown it up well (if you used the cheap stuff you will need to drain the grease)
  3. If doing fresh:
  4. Add the chopped onion, garlic and mushrooms now. Cook until they all soften up and to have released the moisture.
  5. If doing dry now is the time to dump all the spices mix into the meat and mix well. Simmer for about 3 to 5 min.
  6. Now pour in your mix of water and tomato paste and turn the heat up on high.
  7. Add your pasta if you measured it out hallelujah!!!! If your more like me you need about 4 to 6 handfuls from the bag.
  8. Now bring this whole mess to a boil stirring well
  9. Now turn that thing down to low and cover it and simmer for 20min.
  10. Big thing here about every 5 to 7 min you need to stir the mess or it will stick to bottom of pan and burn.
  11. Now while it does its thing simmering make a salad to go with dinner and maybe some garlic toast would be nice (kids love garlic toast better something than nothing in their bellies) Those recipes will show up here sooner or later.
Recipe by 365 Days of Kids Dinners at