Dec 30, 2011

Homemade "Hamburger Helper" Casserole

Hamburger Helper
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I always liked easy casserole recipes yet liked the consistency and taste of Hamburger Helper. So, in an attempt to reduce cost, scale it for myself AND better the nutrition options, I made it my hobby for a month to create a recipe that met all of those things. I have achieved that, IMHO. I'll keep it simple as an entry so you don't have to scroll too much. But, I seriously encourage you to do this.

  • 1 lbs. ground meat (beef or even Italian sausage)
  • 1 1/2 cups elbow macaroni
  • 1 can Campbell's Tomato soup
  • 4 oz. of a package of shredded cheese (your choice of flavor)
  • Italian seasoning
  1. Boil the water, and make the macaroni according to the instructions on the box.
  2. Brown the ground meat of your choice at the same time.
  3. Preheat the toaster oven to 375 F and oil an 8x6x2 Pyrex casserole dish.
  4. While draining the macaroni in a colander, pour the tomato soup into the stockpot you used.
  5. Sprinkle as much Italian seasoning into the soup for the taste you want.
  6. Return the macaroni to the stockpot with soup.
  7. Drain the browned meat, and put it into the stockpot too.
  8. Stir well.
  9. Pour that mixture into the 8x6x2 Pyrex casserole dish and even it out.
  10. Place that in the toaster oven for 20 mins.
  11. Slide the dish out (using oven mitts) and cover it evenly with the shredded cheese.
  12. Noodles & browning
  13. Return it to the toaster oven, and bake for another 8 minutes.
You would have enough to serve at least 5 people with this, but that also means you have enough leftovers if it is just you. Yeah, it is actually very awesome, and I make it at least once per week. It is easy to make, and tastes great. You could use any other seasonings/herbs based on your choice, but this is AWESOME!
Finished casserole

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