Homemade Cheesy Hamburger Helper (not from a box)

Linda Kauppinen

By
@cyrene

I had the unfortunate event of someone giving my son hamburger helper from a box and he loved it. So, I had to do something about it and make it homemade from scratch, which actually tastes 100% better I think! My son can never get enough of it! Even at the age of 24!


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Serves:

4 to 6

Prep:

10 Min

Cook:

20 Min

Method:

Stove Top

Ingredients

1 lb
ground chuck
2 clove
garlic, minced
1 small
onion, diced
1 stalk(s)
celery, diced
1/2
yellow bell pepper, diced
4
baby portabello mushrooms, sliced
5
plum tomatoes, diced
1 - 2 pinch
basil, dried / if fresh 1-2 leaves minced
kosher or sea salt and fresh ground pepper to taste
1 c
water
1 c
milk
3 - 4
handfuls of egg noodles or elbows (i prefer egg noodles)
1 - 2 c
mild cheddar cheese, shredded

Directions Step-By-Step

1
in large skillet on medium heat, add your ground chuck, garlic, onion, celery, yellow bell pepper. Cook until meat is mostly browned about 5 to 7 minutes.
Drain fat from pan leaving about 1 tablespoon.
2
Add to the pan mushrooms, tomatoes, basil, salt and pepper.
Add 1 Cup water and 1 Cup milk.
Bring to a boil.
3
Add 3 to 4 handfuls of egg noodles. Just enough that they are covered by the liquid in the pan.
Simmer covered for 10 minutes.
4
Remove lid add cheddar cheese, mix well, cover and simmer an additional 3 or more minutes until cheese is melted and liquid thickens and reduces down. Stir frequently and do not allow to burn.
Remove from heat and allow to rest 5 minutes for further thickening.
5
Chefs notes: You can add less or more cheese according to your own tastes.
You can also substitute the beef with ground turkey
If you would like to add a bit of bite to this.. or a nacho type flavor.. add some red pepper according to your tastes too!

About this Recipe

Main Ingredient: Beef
Regional Style: American
Dietary Needs: Soy Free
Other Tags: Quick & Easy, For Kids