Recipe by macandjakesmom
"Homemade version of Hamburger Helper® - just as easy and tastes so much better! You will need a large skillet with a tight fitting lid."
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lean ground beef, or more to taste
salt and ground black pepper to taste
reduced-fat processed cheese food (such as Velveeta®), cut into small pieces
reduced-fat sour cream, or more to taste
My step son begs for hamburger helper and we don't buy a lot of processed food.... So I made this with whole wheat noodles and "homemade velveeta" ( 8 oz American cheese, 4 oz cheddar and 1 1/2 cups milk), and he LOVED it! We had leftovers and ate it the next day, and it tasted even better!
I really wanted to like this. Based on the review of cstock26, I reduced the Velveeta by 2 ounces and mine was still really thick. Admittedly, this was my first time cooking with Velveeta. I think the dish tasted like overly processed noodles rather than a dish with multiple layers of flavors. If you aren't used to eating many processed foods, follow this recipe to step 2 and then add a homemade cheese sauce.
I gave it 5 stars only because its very good for what it is.. a mac n cheese dish. It is quick, easy and inexpensive and the kids love it. If judged against all foods I'd give it a 3. Only change to the recipe was that I only had 1 and 1/2 cups of macaroni so I reduced the water to 1 and 1/2 cups as well. Came out great. Loved the one pot deal. My grandson loved it. All was well with the world.
This turned out amazing! I followed the recipe exactly & my family devoured it! I will definitely make this again!
This recipe has great potential but needs just a few minor changes. I used V8 juice for most of the water (2 small cans plus the water to make 2 cups). I did not use 8 ounces of cheese - I think that would be way overkill. I probably used about 4 ounces. I don't know that the sour cream added anything. I added a few red pepper flakes to my own portion to add some slight heat. Overall this is satisfying comfort food and can be changed to personal preferences. Thanks!
I used shredded cheddar and a 1/2 cup onions. I would not drain corn next time to have more liquid. Had plenty of leftovers after feeding 3 . A great all round meal.
I think maybe using a little milk or less of the velvetta would help. Maybe I just made it wrong but it was SUPER thick. It tasted okay but I could literally feel my arteries clogging! Might make it again but definitely going to have to tweak it a little.
great recipe have made many diff versions of this recipe, instead of 2 cups of water I will use 1 cup water and 1 cup milk which makes it more creamy
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
Cheese and Hamburger Macaroni
Serving Size: 1/4 of a recipe
Servings Per Recipe: 4
Amount Per Serving
Calories from Fat: 139
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