Hamburger Helper Beef Pasta made with real ingredients. This is the kind of comfort food we can dig into - a homemade, wholesome version of the American classic!
What the heck is MSG anyway and why in the world is it on my dinner plate? Guess what—it’s not! With every passing day my family and I become a bit wiser and by proxy, a bit healthier by homemaking supermarket boxed meals using whole ingredients found in our fridge and pantry.
As matriarch here in my home, I’m hoping this will help us work toward a physically and mentally stronger, collective happiness. You can do it, too!
MSG, cottonseed and soybean oils, maltodextrin, disodium inosinate… when did it become ok to put these things into my food? It’s actually not ok with me, but I’ll be honest, cheeseburger macaroni… now that’s just American deliciousness!
Hamburger Helper arrived on supermarket shelves with a friendly hand icon and a C- nutrition rating in the 1970s. I’m going to give it a 21st century consciousness by making it at home with whole ingredients, all of which I can pronounce! Making homemade hamburger helper beef pasta a true reality, and a crowd pleaser at that.
There are many ways to altar such a simple recipe to suit your dietary needs and desires. For example, to make it gluten-free you could use Quinoa Pasta noodles instead of semolina flour noodles. And to make it vegetarian you can use a meat substitute, seitan or tempeh.
Or, you could get super crafty and make it vegan by making a sweet potato cream sauce with a meat substitute. Get creative… there are no restrictions to creativity and the sky is the limit!
I’m a mother of two and wife to one picky eater, so I’m going to keep my version as close to the original as I can while raising it up my family’s “healthy meter.” I used tri-colored Rotini noodles and will serve it with steamed broccoli. I used grass-fed Angus beef and a light shredded cheese blend that includes cheddar, Monterrey jack, and provolone.
Don’t get me wrong, this version of the recipe is not low fat, nor is it dairy-free! But the dairy products and meat products are organic, and this is a perfect example of "Conscious Comfort Food" that Mama Love Grub likes to enjoy.
How would you re-do this recipe? I’d love to hear your version as well!