Mom's Italian "Hamburger Helper"

"My mother never bought the box mix, but called this Hamburger Helper. Easy to fix, and kids love it!"
 
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Ready In:
25mins
Ingredients:
6
Serves:
6
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ingredients

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directions

  • Cook pasta as directed on box.
  • Meanwhile, brown ground beef with garlic powder and Italian seasoning.
  • Drain grease and add sauce.
  • Heat.
  • Drain pasta and add to sauce mixture.
  • Stir in cheese until it just melts.
  • Serve with garlic bread and salad.

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Reviews

  1. Tabby
    Very tasty and easy to make. I added some fresh chopped fresh basil and a pinch of dried oregano at the end of the heating, just before mixing with the pasta and cheese.
     
  2. *Parsley*
    For how easy this was, it was pretty darn good. The kids thought it tasted like pizza. I used mini farfalle pasta for this. The only thing I added was a little bit of chopped onion when I brown the beef. Thanx for a nice quick meal that kids and adults love!
     
  3. Meghan at Food.com
    My kids ate this like crazy, and the husband and I loved it too. I used only 1 tablespoon Italian seasoning, though, as I thought more would be too much. Overall, this was a great recipe we will definitely be using again in the future. So. Easy. Thank you!
     
  4. bmcnichol
    This was OK for us. I followed the recipe as written other then I used fresh garlic instead of powder, My family found this a bit bland but it was a quick weeknight meal.
     
  5. Ghostwriter
    Loved this recipe, thank you very much. My kids really enjoyed it - will definitely make this again soon. I used Morningstar Grillers vegetarian hamburger instead of hamburger - very healthy and you cannot tell the difference between hamburger and the grillers.
     
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  1. Deepfreeze-27
    This was quite good, especially considering how easy it was to make. As other reviews suggested, I added an onion to the ground beef, and used fresh garlic instead of powdered. I also cut back on the pasta and used 1/2 lb. Kids loved it too so I might have to try and sneak some extra veggies in next time. Will definitely make again.
     
  2. Ghostwriter
    Loved this recipe, thank you very much. My kids really enjoyed it - will definitely make this again soon. I used Morningstar Grillers vegetarian hamburger instead of hamburger - very healthy and you cannot tell the difference between hamburger and the grillers.
     
  3. etully
    This was a quick, easy recipe that I will be working into my OAMC routine. Today, I added garlic and chopped onion to the hamburg, like always. Next time, I will use half the pasta called for and will use my usual mix of basil and oregano in place of the italian seasonings. Thanks, Hokiegal.
     

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I'm a High School Marketing teacher. I have three boys (18,187, & 13) and a Realtor husband. I collect cookbooks and love to cook creatively, but end up making mostly the same family favorites or quick meals with our schedules. I started cooking when I was 10, and owe it to my parents who never said "that is too hard to make". My secret vice is the FoodNetwork.
 
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