I can’t remember how I came across the recipe that I made for dinner last night. No doubt I started out on someone’s menu plan for the week, clicked on this link, then that link & found a great recipe that would work for my family. Or maybe one of my friends posted it on facebook? If that was you please let us know so we can thank you! We absolutely loved this!
If you’re reading my blog chances are, you know me. If you don’t know me, then you don’t know that I never follow a recipe exactly. So I thought I would post my version of the recipe. The original recipe is perfect for a family of 4. However, I don’t have a family of 4 & neither do most of my friends. So if you need a bigger sized recipe then keep reading.
Homemade Hamburger Helper – feeds 6-8
2 lbs ground meat ( I use 1 lb gr beef + 1 lb gr turkey)
1 onion, diced
4 cloves garlic, pressed
1 – 6 oz can tomato paste
4 c water
1 – 15 oz can tomato sauce
1/2 lb pasta (I used whole wheat elbow macaroni)
heaping TBS sweetner (I use Sucanat)
1 tsp gr mustard
1 tsp lemon pepper
1 tsp Real Salt
2 c shredded cheddar (I used raw cheddar)
Brown meat in Dutch oven with the onion. Add garlic in at the last minute. Drain beef. (I have a large colander that sits easily in a bowl to do this.)
While the meat is draining, add the tomato paste to the pan & start breaking it up with a spatula or the back of a spoon. Slowly add some water to thin it out. Once it is no longer tomato paste chunks add the rest of the water, tomato sauce, pasta, sweetener, gr mustard, lemon pepper, & salt.
Bring to a boil, reduce heat & simmer 15 minutes stirring occasionally until pasta is cooked. At this point you can stir the cheese in if you desire. We have a baby with dairy allergies, so I just served it in a bowl on the table. Everyone enjoyed topping their serving with cheese & watching it melt. 🙂 I love how fast the meal came together. Just served it with some baby carrots & cut up veggies. Yum! It has been requested again for next Sunday night. 😉
Last minute thought: Next time I make it I’m going to try using 2 cans of tomato sauce, delete the tomato paste & double the pasta. Maybe then we’ll have leftovers? Wishful thinking. 😉 I might even get a picture to post before it’s all gone!