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Wednesday, March 13, 2013

In the Kitchen: Home-made Hamburger Helper (Cheesy Beef Pasta)

I saw the title of a recipe the other day that inspired this dish.  The title of the recipe was Mac&Chz Lasagna.  I didn't even bother reading the recipe, I just took the name and ran with it based on how I like to make my mac&chz and how I like to make my lasagna and just married the two in a casserole dish.

To me it was more like hamburger helper once you scooped it into a bowl, as it all sort of just meshed together (hence why I titled it as such)!

Now, I grew up eating plenty of hamburger helper in my day and it was quick and easy!  I can't say that I enjoy it now, but the concept of the dish is pretty neat! I'm certain this version isn't any healthier (nor is it quick and easy) but it certainly tastes a whole lot better!


16 oz - Elbow Macaroni
1/4 cup - Unsalted Butter
2 tbsp - All-Purpose Flour
1/8 tsp - Dry Mustard
1/8 tsp - Salt
1/8 tsp - Fresh Ground Pepper
1 cups - Milk
2 cups - Shredded Sharp Cheddar Cheese

1 lb. Beef
1 Green Pepper
1 Onion
1 Lg Can Spaghetti Sauce
1 Can Diced Tomatoes
Preferred seasonings

Prep / Cook Time:  30 min / 25 - 30 min                      
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.                                                      
Cook macaroni, as normal (drain and set aside).
In a large saucepan, melt butter.
Add flour, mustard, salt and pepper.
Upon bubbling, add milk until boiling.
Turn heat to medium-low.
Gradually mix in 1 cup of cheese (stir until melted).
Mix in pasta.

In another large saucepan, brown beef.
Add pepper, onion (cook ~3 min).
Add sauce, tomatoes and preferred seasonings, simmer.

In an 11x13 casserole dish layer the meat sauce.
Then layer the Macaroni and Cheese (like lasagna noodles).
Layer with 1/2 cup of cheese.
Repeat layers (once) and bake!
The key to knowing if I have a hit with a new dish is my husband's reaction to it...let's just say that Mario is this dish's biggest fan!!!

Happy eating!



  1. This looks really yummy!! I just made the cheesy macaroni hamburger helper last week; it is easy and quick. I'm sure this would be a hit at my house too, thanks for posting!
    -Natasha @ Lovely You

    1. Sure thing, Tasha! It really was amazing!!! If you try it let me know how it turns out for you!

  2. That looks really delicious and simple and quick to make. thank you for sharing. I want to try one of these days. :)

  3. This looks sooo good! I'm pinning it! Must try! Thanks hun!


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