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    I think I've heard some of you ladies talking about how you quit buying Hamburger Helper, and started making them at home. Can somebody tell me how you do it? DH loves Hamburger Helper, but I hate buying it unless I find a really, really good sale.
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    I sedonc this! Bonus pts for ahealthy version LOL
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    I've done a chili mac type meal with a pound of ground beef, some cooked macaroni, and then either tomato sauce or a can of diced tomatoes, or both. Then add, salt, pepper, maybe chili powder. I have some Goya seasoning called Adobo which is really good and quite cheap. Sometimes Kroger has it, but the Mexican grocery stores always have it.

    I'd be interested to hear what other frugal moms come up with.

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    me too! eagerly sitting at the puter waiting for easy and yummy recipes!! lol




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    I could be of better help if I knew what hamburger helper was like! Is it pasta with different meats and sauces?
    mb

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    lol marabeth it is a unhealthy meal! lol




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    It's got hamburger with different types of noodles and sauces basically they sell it in the grocery store. It comes in a box for us lazy cookers! lol The only thing made from scratch is the fried up hamburger!! But, hey I like it it's good to have in a pinch!




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    Here are 3 of my versions...

    1) Bacon Cheeseburger Pasta

    2 c of uncooked elbow macaroni (cooked to desired doneness) drained
    1 lb. browned, ground beef with onion.
    8 slices of bacon, cut into small pieces
    2 cans of tomato soup (undiluted)
    1-2 cups of shredded cheddar cheese

    In the large skillet you browned the beef in, add the cooked macaroni, stir in tomato soup let warm up until bubbly. Sprinkle with cheese and bacon. Serve with a salad, and crusty bread.

    2) Goulash

    1 lb. browned ground beef with onion
    2 c of uncooked elbow macaroni cooked to desired doneness drained
    1 jar of your favorite spaghetti sauce
    1-2 cups of mozzeralla cheese
    parmessan cheese to taste

    Put together like the recipe above.


    3) Beefy Mac N Cheese

    2 c of uncooked elbow macaroni cooked to desired doneness
    drained
    add 1/4 c butter, 1/4 c milk salt and pepper
    1 lb. velveeta cheese cubed
    Stir until melted.

    1 lb. browned ground beef with onion, Stir mac n cheese into browned beef.

    Each of these dishes serves atleast 6-8 people.

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    Those sound so yummy! It's so funny though every one I know has a different version of Goulash. My mom used to make it when we were younger and that was the most hated meal! lol If she made it like yours we may have liked it better. Although my taste has changed alot since then and I now like it. Thanks for the recipes.




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    You can do the cheesy hashbrown by grating your own taters and cheese and then adding the hamburger meat. We love it here.

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    I just cook my pasta and make whatever sauce I feel like.

    Meat/Bolognaise:

    Ground beef
    1 onion
    1 clove garlic
    a big dollop of tomato paste
    1x 800g (over 1lb) can of crushed tomatoes
    sprinkle of dried oregano & basil
    1 teaspoon of beef stock powder

    If I have it also put in some red wine or port ~ we don't drink it so I add to meat sauce.

    You saute the onion & garlic, then add the mince & cook until browned, breaking it up as it cooks. Then add the tomato paste, herbs & stock powder and cook for 2 minutes so that the tomato paste is cooked. Add the wine if using and let it come to boiling, then add the tomatoes. Bring to the boil and then simmer for as long as it takes to cook the pasta.

    That's the pasta sauce I always make with beef. Sometimes I add diced vegies, sometimes I don't. Depends how energetic I feel.
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