Deluxe Cheesy Tomato Hamburger Helper Skillet

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READY IN: 1hr
SERVES: 6
UNITS: US

INGREDIENTS

Nutrition
  • 12
    lb bacon, slices
  • 1 12
  • 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)
  • 12
    cup water, if needed (or more) (optional)
  • 1
    cup shredded cheddar cheese (more for sprinkling)
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DIRECTIONS

  • 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.
  • Delicious!
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