OK, hopefully I don't get in trouble with the Hamburger Helper company for saying this, but you can totally make your own hamburger helper. It is super easy, it's healthier without all the additives and extra sodium, and it's - dare I say it - much tastier than the stuff in the box. Plus, you probably have all the ingredients in your house right now!
Here we go:
Get yourself a pound of ground beef (I used lean organic, because hey, this is healthy hamburger helper), any kind of pasta you like (could be gluten free), a can of tomatoes, Lawry's seasoned salt, paprika, Italian herb seasoning, and garlic powder. And a can opener.
In a large cast iron pot, brown the ground beef.
Add 1 t. seasoned salt, 1/2 t. garlic, 1/2 t. Italian seasoning, and 1/2 t. paprika. Add the can of tomatoes, one can of water, and 2 cups of dry pasta.
Bring to a boil, then lower the heat to medium, cover, and simmer about 15-18 minutes, stirring occasionally, until the pasta is tender.
Let stand for 2-3 minutes for some of the liquid to absorb.
I served mine with sharp cheddar cheese on top:
It was so tasty! Comfort food at its finest, and just as easy as the "convenient" box mixes. Sorry, Helper hand guy.
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