Today, the times have changed, as many families are becoming more health conscious (thus, moving away from "processed foods). However, I still have great food memories of Cheeseburger Hamburger Helper, but now I can make my own with ingredients from my pantry and refrigerator, and I can control what's in it!
The Daring Gourmet", it was a windy and rainy day and I was transported back to my childhood. I especially loved that this recipe is a One-Pot meal, and I had all of the ingredients on hand.
I keep avocado oil, on hand, because I can find it at my local Trader Joe's. I like it, because it has a high smoke point-- but you can certainly use olive or vegetable oil I started the ground beef to browning in a 12"skillet, with a little oil.
This is just too easy, folks! So the ground beef is cooked, and I add the chopped onion, then tomato paste and a little Worcestershire sauce. Now, for some flour...
Gotta love it!
What a fun twist on Mac 'n Cheese!
TASTING NOTES: My husband immediately remarked that this brought him back to his college years. He said it tasted exactly as he remembered! Win! I had plenty of leftovers, so I packed it up in a container for my adult son to take home (who was grateful and raved about how good it tasted).
I took a serving for my lunch, the next day. I thought it tasted even better!
I recall that there was a Mexican version of Hamburger Helper that was my favorite so I made a version of that by adapting this recipe. It was bomb!
For another super simple "One Pot" pasta dish click here.
As always, a printable recipe card is at the end of this post.