Total Time
Prep 5 mins
Cook 30 mins

Who needs Hamburger Helper when you can prepare something much more tasty from scratch?

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. In a large nonstick skillet, cook the beef over high heat, stirring, for 3 to 5 minutes or until no longer pink.
  2. Pour off all but 1 tablespoons of fat.
  3. Add the onion, garlic, green pepper, basil and thyme and cook, stirring, for 2 minutes.
  4. Stir in the tomatoes and water and bring to a boil.
  5. Add the pasta and reduce the heat to simmer.
  6. Cover and cook, stirring frequently, for 20 minutes or until the pasta is tender.
  7. Stir in the salt, pepper and sugar.
  8. Remove from the heat and sprinkle with the mozzarella.
  9. Cover and let stand until the cheese has melted.


Most Helpful

I made this for the " A Taste of Yellow 2008 "and "April Showers Bring May Flowers Challenge " and last but not least our dinner on 5/20/08.Due to lack of time I had to make a few changes to the recipe.I used 2 teaspoons dried minced onion, 1 1/2 teaspoons garlic powder the full amount of basil and thyme, and 2 Tablespoons of dried red and green bell pepper flakes.Also since there was just SO and myself, I cut the recipe in half.I did however have to add about a total of a cup and a half of water to get the pasta cooked to the way we liked it.And since we are cheese addicts the full amount was left as is.This was a very good recipe and it will be made again. Thank you for posting and, "Keep Smiling :)"

Chef shapeweaver � May 21, 2008

Just as easy to make as Hamburger Helper mix, but yummier! I made this as written, but I needed to add more water. Great for kids and adults. Thanx for a quick, yummy meal.

*Parsley* March 25, 2008

This was not as good as I thought it would be. My family and I thought it could use more spices. I will make this again, but I think that next time I would increase the garlic and add some oregano. It was however, a very easy dish to prepare.

LARavenscroft August 07, 2007

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