When I was little I don't think my Mom ever made Hamburger Helper for dinner. I always remember seeing the commercials on TV with the silly-looking hand and wished we could try it, but we never did.
When I finally moved out on my own, Hamburger Helper was on my list of foods to make. I made it a handful of times, only then realizing why my Mom wouldn't make it herself ~ it was an unhealthy convenience meal. After this I stopped making it myself, and kind of forgot all about it. This was until I came across a few recipes for making copycat Hamburger Helper in a variety of flavors.
Last night was my first experiment. I chose to make copycat Beef Stroganoff Hamburger Helper. It was quick and easy, and made more than one box of real Hamburger Helper would make. The only change I would make with this recipe is to add more seasonings to it. But the fact that I used just salt and pepper in mine got my little picky eater to eat all of hers up. (And if you knew this girl you'd know that NOTHING is good enough when it comes to dinner foods.)
This is the recipe I used. If you decide to make this yourself, feel free to add whatever spices you like to jazz it up a bit. If you prefer it more plain, stick with just salt and pepper like I did.
1.25 lbs of extra lean ground beef salt+pepper to taste (add other spices per your personal preference)
1 medium onion, chopped
2-3 cups freshly sliced mushrooms
3 cups water
2 beef bouillon cubes
1 lb elbow macaroni
1-2 tbsp worcestershire sauce
1-1/2 cups sour cream
Heat large non-stick skillte over medium-high heat. Add a bit of oil, onions, mushrooms and ground beef. Cook until beef is no longer pink, then drain.
Return mixture to skillet and add salt, pepper, and any other chosen spices. To this add the water, bouillon cubes, macaroni and worcestershire sauce. Mix well and bring to a boil. Lower heat and cover and simmer, stirring occasionally, for about 12 minutes or til macaroni is soft and all water is absorbed. (If needed add a bit more water and cook a few more minutes.)
Stir in sour cream, and heat thoroughly.
Recipe adapted from kitchensimplicity.com