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Prep 20 mins
Cook 40 mins
Hamburger Helper has never tasted so good! For this use only the Cheeseburger Macaroni flavor. I sometimes save the pasta packet for another use and use penne pasta instead but the the choice is yours! Serve this with crusty rolls on the side or garlic bread.
- 1⁄2 lb bacon, slices
- 1 1⁄2 lbs lean ground beef
- 1 teaspoon dried chili pepper flakes (to taste) (optional)
- 1 medium onion, chopped
- 1 small green bell pepper, seeded and chopped
- 1 -2 tablespoon fresh minced garlic (or to taste)
- 2 teaspoons seasoning salt
- 1 teaspoon black pepper
- 1 (28 ounce) stewed tomatoes, undrained
- 1 (10 ounce) can condensed tomato soup, undiluted
- 1 (220 g) box Hamburger Helper mix for beef pasta (use Cheesburger-Macaroni flavor)
- 1⁄2 cup water, if needed (or more) (optional)
- 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese (more for sprinkling)
- Chop the bacon into small pieces then fry in a large skillet until crisp; remove to a plate (you can drain fat but leave some in the skillet).
- To the skillet add in ground beef with onions and bell pepper; cook unto no longer pink, drain fat.
- Add in garlic and dried chili flakes (if using) and cook the beef over medium heat until browned (this might take about 15 minutes).
- Season with seasoned salt and black pepper.
- Return the chopped cooked bacon back to the skillet, then add in the stewed tomatoes with juice, undiluted tomato soup; mix and bring to a simmer over medium heat.
- Add in only the seasoning pouch (you will boil the macaroni separately) mix and simmer uncovered over medium-low heat for 45 minutes to 1 hour, stirring occasionally.
- If you prefer a thinner sauce then add in water and simmer for another 10-15 minutes.
- Boil the macaroni pasta in a separate pot then add/mix into the sauce mixture after the 40 minutes of cooking.
- Season with more black pepper if desired, then mix in grated cheddar cheese until melted.
- Ladle in bowls then sprinkle more cheddar cheese on top.
I ended up changing this a bit, because I didn't adequately read the directions and I was in too much of a hurry. I had a gluten-free mix that was similar to the correct kind of Hamburger Helper. I did a hybrid of following the box directions and following these directions. I used the liquid from the stewed tomatoes to replace part of the water called for by the mix, and I didn't need the tomato soup. It turned out well using the directions on the box, and these ingredients added to the flavor. It was still quick. Win-win. I might do this again since I rarely enjoy those mixes without doctoring, and I might try these directions next time.