Grandma Homemade Hamburger Helper

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This homemade cheeseburger macaroni recipe is a fantastic Hamburger Helper knockoff! This made-from-scratch cheesy spaghetti dish uses materials you probably already have in your cupboard or refrigerator. When you see how simple this imitation cheeseburger macaroni dish is, you’ll never go back to the box!


1 lb ground beef, turkey, or chicken
cornstarch, 1 tbsp
paprika, 2 tsp
1 teaspoon powdered onion
1 teaspoon powdered garlic
season with salt and pepper to taste
1 teaspoon of sugar
1 cup boiling water
2 quarts of milk
1 1/2 cups macaroni and cheese
1 cup cheddar cheese, shredded


Brown your ground beef in a big skillet or pot (you’ll be adding a lot of liquid) ahead of time.
Remove the fat from the meat and return it to the pan/pot.
Bring the spices, water, pasta, and milk to a boil.
Reduce the heat to a low level and continue to cook until the pasta is done.
Turn off the heat and add the cheddar cheese.
Stir constantly until the cheese is completely melted.

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