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    Deluxe Cheesy Tomato Hamburger Helper Skillet

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    1 hrs

    20 mins

    40 mins

    Kittencalskitchen's Note:

    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.

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    • 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)


    1. 1
      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).
    2. 2
      To the skillet add in ground beef with onions and bell pepper; cook unto no longer pink, drain fat.
    3. 3
      Add in garlic and dried chili flakes (if using) and cook the beef over medium heat until browned (this might take about 15 minutes).
    4. 4
      Season with seasoned salt and black pepper.
    5. 5
      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.
    6. 6
      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.
    7. 7
      If you prefer a thinner sauce then add in water and simmer for another 10-15 minutes.
    8. 8
      Boil the macaroni pasta in a separate pot then add/mix into the sauce mixture after the 40 minutes of cooking.
    9. 9
      Season with more black pepper if desired, then mix in grated cheddar cheese until melted.
    10. 10
      Ladle in bowls then sprinkle more cheddar cheese on top.
    11. 11

    Ratings & Reviews:

    • on June 26, 2013

      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.

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    Nutritional Facts for Deluxe Cheesy Tomato Hamburger Helper Skillet

    Serving Size: 1 (412 g)

    Servings Per Recipe: 6

    Amount Per Serving
    % Daily Value
    Calories 527.3
    Calories from Fat 316
    Total Fat 35.2 g
    Saturated Fat 14.4 g
    Cholesterol 119.2 mg
    Sodium 1084.3 mg
    Total Carbohydrate 18.7 g
    Dietary Fiber 2.5 g
    Sugars 11.3 g
    Protein 34.2 g

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    seasoning salt

    Hamburger Helper mix for beef pasta

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