Homemade hamburger helper 

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Y'all, I used to love hamburger helper.  I thought my mom was getting fancy when she whipped out that box and threw together this meal! Here is my version so you won't have to use anything out of a box.  It will bring back childhood memories for you, and your kids will be happy too! 


  • 6-7 cups of cooked elbow noodles (I boil the whole 1lb package, and save the rest for making a small batch of macaroni)

  • 1 lb ground beef

  • 2 cups milk

  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream

  • 2 cups hot water

  • 2 tbsp corn starch

  • 2 tbsp chili powder

  • 2 tsp garlic powder

  • 1 tsp sugar

  • 1 tsp salt (or to taste)

  • 1 tsp paprika

  • 1/4 tsp cayenne

  • Pinch of red pepper flakes

  • 3 cups of cheddar cheese


  • Cook noodles according to package, drain and set aside

  • Brown ground beef

  • Add cornstarch and all seasonings

  • Add milk, heavy cream and hot water

  • Bring to a boil

  • Add noodles

  • Add cheese

  • Stir it around until mixed and serve