Hamburger Helper Mix

by Merissa on August 6, 2012

in Make Your Own

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So this month is going to be all about preparing things and getting ahead. In the midst of the canning season it's easy to be in a preparedness mood. I don't know about you but I like having all kinds of foods on hand to be able to prepare a quick supper! In addition to canning I'm all about making mixes to have on my pantry shelf. Those boxed mixes from the store are so handy but completely scary and even though they seem like a good, are actually costing you more than you think. So for the next month here on LHL you'll find some new canning recipes, but we are also going to focus on building our pantry with easy mixes. I'll also do cost comparisons on various products from the store and how much the homemade version costs.

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We are going to kick it off with Hamburger Helper. How many of you grabbed a box of Hamburger Helper at the grocery store when you were in a panic of not knowing what to make for supper? I know that I have in the past. First let's take a peek at what exactly is in the fancy box:

Enriched Pasta (Whole Wheat Flour, Semolina Wheat, Durum Wheat, Vitamin D, Niacin (Vitamin B3), Ferrous Sulfate, Thiamin Mononitrate (Vitamin B1), Riboflavin (Vitamin B2), Folic Acid (B Vitamin)), Whey, Salt, Hydrolyzed Vegetable Protein, Corn, Soy, Wheat, Calcium Carbonate, Artificial Color, Sugar, Lactic Acid, Citric Acid, Maltodextrin, Partially Hydrogenated Soybean Oil, Partially Hydrogenated Cottonseed Oil, Monoglycerides, Diglycerides, Calcium Lactate, Natural Flavor, Nonfat Milk, Onion Powder, Dried Parsley, Mushroom Powder, Autolyzed Yeast Extract, Spice, Beef Stock, Mushrooms, Dried Corn Syrup, Disodium Guanylate, Disodium Inosinate, Whey Protein Concentrate, Lactose, Garlic Powder, Dried Soy Sauce (Soybeans, Wheat, Salt), Egg

Oh my goodness. Artificial colors and flavors. Hydrogenated oils, MSG (Autolyzed Yeast Extract), corn syrup. Do I really need to go on?

Boxed Price:

The regular price of this in my local grocery store is $2.29 per box. I know it goes on sale for around $2 per box so we will work off that price.

Homemade Cheeseburger Macaroni Hamburger Helper Mix

What You Need:

  • 1 t. cornstarch, arrowroot powder, or flour
  • 2 t. paprika
  • 1 t. onion powder
  • 1 t. garlic powder
  • 1 t. salt
  • 1 t. sugar
  • 1 1/2 c. elbow macaroni

Mix ingredients together in a bag or jar. When we are ready to make, brown up 1 pound of hamburger. Add in the mix and 1 c. water and 2 c. of milk. Cover the skillet and let the pasta cook. Stir in 1 c. of shredded cheddar cheese before serving. That's it!

These mixes are super easy to put together, less than 5 minutes of prep time!

Homemade Price:

The spices in this mix are in such small amounts they really only cost pennies but for the sake of adding it up we will say $0.25 for all the spices. A bag of elbow pasta costs around $1, a little bit more if you decide to do whole wheat. One bag will make 2 mixes. So we are at a total of $1.50 for 2 mixes (each mix serves 4) or $0.75 each. That's 33% of the cost of the on sale box of Hamburger Helper from the store.

Of course the boxed version has that good old dried cheese already in it and you will have to go through the trouble and cost of adding fresh cheese to your homemade version but I'm thinking that might be a plus??

What mix do you want to see me make next?

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1 Donna Howard August 6, 2012 at 9:14 am

What would you say the shelf life would be on something like this? And does it need to be sealed as you would do when canning vegetables? I have never canned anything. Just curious. Thanks.

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2 Merissa August 6, 2012 at 9:22 am

Nope it doesn’t need to be sealed. I would say it should last at least 6-12 months in the pantry.

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3 Cindy August 27, 2014 at 4:47 pm

one might want to add dehydrated green pepper, tomatoes onions etc. for variety :-)

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4 Merissa August 27, 2014 at 5:15 pm

Great simple additions!

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5 Morgan August 6, 2012 at 9:15 am

I have been trying to recreate Uncle Ben’s flavored rices. Wild Rice Herb and garlic? I am not sure of the names but looking at the ingredients they are barely recognizable as food. I just can’t seem to get the right taste! It would be great if you can come up with something that tastes as good as they do.

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6 Karen Smith August 6, 2012 at 9:25 am

OMG thank you SO much for this recipe !!

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7 sharon Neri February 10, 2013 at 5:33 am

can I have the recipe for that mix of Uncle Ben’s rice, please thanks

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8 Jo August 6, 2012 at 9:28 am

Awesome!! Been looking for recipes for hamb helper knock offs! I would love to see more of the same, more flavors to stock up on. I miss the ease of and variety of hamb/chicken helper but gave up buying them several years ago when I figured out they were about 1 molecule away from plastic! ha!

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9 Barb August 6, 2012 at 9:57 am

“Make-A-Mix” by Eliason, Harward, and Westover has some great dry mixes for rice and pasta, as well as many other meat, dessert and baking mixes with recipes.
In the 90s I had pantry shelves full of homemade flavored rice mixes, bouillon-style powders, baking and bread mixes.

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10 Elizabeth February 10, 2014 at 1:55 pm

Have their books as well and love them. So easy to make and great to have on hand plus the recipes taste great.

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11 Donna Howard August 6, 2012 at 10:12 am

How about the stroganoff hamburger helper? My kids love that the most! Thanks.

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12 Suzanne February 10, 2014 at 11:13 am

Yes! Stroganoff is my favorite too!

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13 Jennifer February 10, 2014 at 11:35 am

Yes! I was just about to ask the same question! We LOVE. The Stroganoff mix!

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14 Teri Melton February 10, 2014 at 12:28 pm

Yes I was going to ask for the stroganoff mix also. Seems to be a favorite. I don’t mind adding sour cream at the end, or Greek yogurt, if the rest of it were easy.

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15 Meg February 10, 2014 at 11:55 am

Me four!!

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16 Cathy February 10, 2014 at 7:59 pm

This isn’t really a premix since all ingredients are pretty fresh and it may look long, but 4 out of 5 people in my house LOVE this dish, the fifth doesn’t count because he hates any food that tastes good. :) Also, I don’t measure, so you might need to add some more for your taste as I am giving you an estimate on this dish. Oh yeah, it’s also all done in one large pot (make sure it has a lid to fit)!

Beef Stroganoff:
*1lb. ground beef of beef stew meat
*1-2 large boxes of beef broth
*1/4 cup worsetshire sauce
*3 tsp. minced garlic (the kind in a jar, no need to get fancy and kill an easy dish) if you don’t like garlic, lessen the amount
*1/2 small onion, finely diced
*mushrooms (this depends on you, not my taste so I rarely add them unless my husband is home)
*1 tbls dried parsley flakes
*half bag of egg noodles
*salt and pepper to taste
*1/2 to 1 cup of sour cream
*shredded mozzerella to top on your dish (optional)

Directions:
Brown meat, onions, mushrooms, and garlic until onions are translucent. No need to add oil since the meat will produce, I also do not strain this, but feel free! Add seasonings, worsetshire, beef broth, and egg noodles; cover and simmer until noodles are done. About 20 minutes. When done add sour cream (you may need to add more depending on your taste) until creamy. ALWAYS taste to see if you like, I’ve added powder onion and garlic along with more salt for my final taste test. Once done, put it in a bowl and throw some cheese on it and ENJOY! Once you cook this several times it take maybe 30 minutes to cook and prepare.

On a personal note about this dish, it took me about 10 times before I finalized this end product. So make it your own and add what you feel!

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17 Cathy February 10, 2014 at 8:05 pm

And i just realized what I messed up on. For every cup of beef broth you put in, you put in 1 cup of milk. Sorry about that!

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18 Merissa February 10, 2014 at 8:20 pm

Thank you for sharing this!

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19 Emilie July 12, 2014 at 5:23 pm

Cathy, we loved the Stroganoff recipe! We love the taste of the hamburger helper mix, but hubby said he liked this way better! Definitely on our list of favorite meals now!

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20 Charity Meyer August 6, 2012 at 10:34 am

Yea!!! This is awesome! You are a HUGE blessing, Merissa!!!!!

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21 kelly August 6, 2012 at 11:02 am

So, what kind of cheese and how much cheese do you add? And have you tried it without cheese?

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22 Merissa August 6, 2012 at 11:36 am

I would add about a cup per recipe and use cheddar. Although it would be easy to mix it up with different cheeses and you can always add more or less cheese based on your tastes.

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23 Tanya Stone August 6, 2012 at 11:38 am

Yes, please, what Donna said. I am ADDICTED to the stroganoff. I love to add red peppers and mushrooms and other fresh veggies to it to flesh it out, but I have never tasted that flavor anywhere else. However, we’ve quit buying boxed and canned foods altogether so I haven’t had it in forever. Please see if you can figure that one out!!!

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24 Laura August 6, 2012 at 12:36 pm

We quit buying mixes for the most part, but we do still love Zataran’s Red Beans and Rice. How about a red (or black bean) and rice mix?

And where to you find the plastic lids for your jars? I’ve seen the two piece plastic lids, but not the single piece, which is what I want. Using them for storage, not for canning.

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25 Maggie September 5, 2012 at 7:41 am

I bought my plastic lids like that from Hoegger Goat Supply. You can order them on Amazon too. They call them Mason Jar Caps. Hope that helps:)

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26 Daisha October 26, 2012 at 1:45 pm

Hello! You can also find the white lids at a well stocked Ace Hardware! If the do not have them on the shelf ask the manager to order you some! They are great about ordering things for you. I just have them get me some 1/2 gallon mason jars last week! They will ship to the store for free! They are also available on their online store! Good Luck!

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27 Blaine October 12, 2013 at 1:43 pm

I reuse the blue mayonnaise jar lids. There perfect for a regular mouth jar. And the grateded parmesan cheese lids fit as well, they have “sprinkle and spoon out” flip tops.

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28 Ruth D. January 17, 2014 at 1:47 pm

In the east they were available at Walmart’s Superstore.

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29 amber August 6, 2012 at 1:05 pm

Thanks for sharing this. I am going to make a few of these up later tonight.

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30 Sheri Grennille August 6, 2012 at 10:10 pm

i would love a saffron rice mix.

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31 Sandi Crile August 6, 2012 at 10:36 pm

Home Made chicken rice a roni would be nice

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32 Mel Free August 7, 2012 at 9:12 am

Yes..I think the Rice A Roni mixes would be a good recipe..I quit buying those & make my own..they are so cheap to make..Has anyone else noticed that you now have to use 2 mixes to get the same ammount that there used to be in 1 of those mixes that you buy?..def. NOT worth the money!

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33 Allison February 10, 2014 at 2:24 pm

The chicken rice-a-roni is easy. Sautée 3/4 Cupid rice and 1/2 cup of broken up spaghetti noodles in 2 tbsp. of butter (this part isn’t absolutely necessary). Add 2 cups of chicken broth (or I use water and chicken buillion cubes, we like the taste better). I then add 1 tbsp. each if garlic and onion powder. We like a little bite to ours, so I also add a little chili powder in mine. Then, cover you pan and stir rice as needed. Cook until all of the liquid is absorbed into the rice. Sometimes when I make this, I will add mushrooms or corn and maybe some bits of chicken or turkey to make a skillet meal. Hope this helps!

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34 Elizabeth August 7, 2012 at 9:55 am

Awesome! I love to make hamburger helper for a quick meal. I’ll have to do this instead.

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35 julie kaylor August 7, 2012 at 11:15 pm

hi …ummmm dumb question here and im probally not seeing it lol…. is the t. for teaspoon or tablespoon? great site btw I just found you ,by looking at another coupon site thanks

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36 Merissa August 8, 2012 at 9:40 am

t = teaspoon :)

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37 Bethany August 8, 2012 at 12:43 pm

Just made this last night! So good! Could you do a rice pilaf? or send me a link to one you already know of?? Thanks, love the site!

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38 Brenda August 10, 2012 at 5:02 am

Hi, there! Loved this. Going to make it tonight! Our son loves hamburger helper but since we’ve been eating healthier and alot less processed food I haven’t bought it in over a year. He will love this!
How about a mix for muffins that we could just add eggs and milk to? Plus berries or fruit?
Thank you,
Brenda

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39 Bonnie August 10, 2012 at 2:33 pm

Thanks so much– this is great!

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40 Tracy August 11, 2012 at 11:58 pm

I’m gluten free so I would love some mix recipes that use rice. I’m going to try your recipe here with some GF pasta because it sounds so good and easy. Thank you for sharing with us. I really need to get my pantry stocked with some quick meals so this is a great help.

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41 Merissa August 12, 2012 at 12:23 pm

Tracy, I’ve recently gone gluten-free as well so I will be posting more gluten free recipes in the very near future :)

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42 Lea H @ Nourishing Treasures August 12, 2012 at 7:55 am

Thank you for your submission on Nourishing Treasures’ Make Your Own! Monday link-up.

Check back tomorrow when the new link-up is running to see if you were one of the top 3 featured posts! :)

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43 Heather September 6, 2012 at 9:10 am

My daughter loves Mrs. Grass soup in a box. I’d like a recipe for that :)

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44 Crystal January 26, 2013 at 9:13 pm

Mrs Grass soup recipe. GREAT idea!

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45 Meg February 10, 2014 at 12:02 pm

Agree!

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46 Randi September 22, 2012 at 2:33 pm

I love this! Please make more!

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47 Daisha November 1, 2012 at 4:30 pm

This is my boys’ favorite!! Another one to try is taco mix! Just add a taco mix and noodles to the browned hamburger. We use all water and then a little tomato paste!

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48 Robin Novotny January 26, 2013 at 6:40 pm

Thanks so much for this recipe, if you are looking for a different hamburger
helper recipe, how about figuring out the Strogonoff? That “used” to be one
of my family’s favorites.

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49 LeAnne March 8, 2013 at 5:11 pm

Some rice-a-roni type recipes would be great. Also some Tuna Helper style recipes. I don’t know if it’s possible, but my kids love the cup-o-noodle type soups where you just add the boiling water. Any ideas for something like that?

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50 Blaine October 12, 2013 at 2:03 pm

Homemade Chicken Rice-A-Roni:

1/4 lb. angel hair or vermicelli pasta broken into 1 inch pieces “that’s a bundle about the size of a golf ball”
1 c. rice
3 chicken bullion cubes, crushed or 3 t. chicken billion powder “I like Knorr”
1/2 t. salt
1/2 t. black pepper
1/4 t. paprika
2 t. Parsley flakes
4 T. butter
2 c. water
Mix dry ingredients together, prepare like the name brand stuff.

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51 Karen March 8, 2013 at 6:29 pm

I’m going to try this tomorrow. I will be using grass fed chopped meat, raw milk and cheese. Add a nice salad and you have a belly warming meal! I was wondering if you have a recipe for homemade ketchup? I love all these homemade things. I am allergic to corn and I can never just go to a store and buy anything easy to make. everything has to be made from scratch. Love, love your site, keep up the great work. Your blessing many!

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52 Bobbi March 20, 2013 at 6:48 am

What about the “beef pasta” version – I LOVE that stuff!

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53 Trudy White February 11, 2014 at 11:23 am

That is our favorite too. I would love a pre made recipe for that as well.

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54 Roxie August 12, 2013 at 10:52 am

Hamburger Stroganoff
1 pound ground beef, browned and drained (I always have this precooked in my freezer)
1/4 cup butter or magarine
1 med. onion, chopped
1 clove garlic, crushed
1 can of cream soup (I make my own)
8 oz chopped mushrooms
salt and pepper to taste
1 cup sour cream

Melt butter in frying pan, cook onion, garlic, and mushrooms till soft…Add everything else to pan at this time. (the pre cooked meat and all the rest) Heat all the way to the bubbling/boiling point. Turn off heat and add sour cream. (do not add sour cream while boiling, this will break the sauce)
I pour this over cooked noodles or sometimes rice. Serve with a hot vegetable and rolls…

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55 linda November 17, 2013 at 12:27 pm

Thank you for the mix recipe! I was really excited to try it but my family and I have switched to a low carb/sugar lifestyle so I tweaked your recipe a bit and it was such a hit even with the toddlers, that I wanted to share. I followed the recipe until the directions for preperation; omited the 1 cup of water and used whole milk (reconstituted whole milk powder) and reduced the pasta to 1/4 cup, added frozen broccoli and cauliflower and sliced fresh mushrooms. Added it all to the pan, cooked covered over low heat and stirred frequently. Added 2 cups of cheesewhen finished cooking.
I just wanted to share a variation just because it was so good with your mix! Thanks again for the recipe!

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56 Alexandra January 15, 2014 at 8:21 am

I love this idea, I can get more veggies into my family and I am gluten free while the rest are not so I can make us a starch on the side if I wanted. And everyone would be happy!

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57 Tameka December 26, 2013 at 12:15 pm

Is this recipe based on a family of 4? Just asking b/c mine is a family of 5.

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58 Penny December 27, 2013 at 10:19 am

I would like a mix for the cheesy italian shells. We love that one. Please.

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59 Tameka January 9, 2014 at 4:11 pm

I just wanted to say that we loved this recipe!! My kids ate the mess out of it. There was no leftovers. We are eating it again tonight, but with deer meat. Thanks for this recipe! :)

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60 Alexandra January 15, 2014 at 8:28 am

The best part of this is being gluten free I can still have some, gluten free pasta and cornstarch instead of gluten flour. Would love to have some more recipes likes this.

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61 Gina January 15, 2014 at 6:58 pm

Ok. I am in Canada. Is 1 t. Equal to One Teaspoon? Here a teaspoon is tsp. And a tablespoon is tbsp.
Thanking you in advance for your help! Love your site. :-)

Sincerely,
Gina

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62 Merissa January 15, 2014 at 7:39 pm

Yes, small t is teaspoon and capital T is tablespoon.

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63 Heather January 16, 2014 at 10:53 am

This is an awesome idea! I have a teen daughter who loves helpers. I stopped buying them as well as boxed Mac and cheese in order to go more “real food” to her horror.
I plan to try this and see if she notices a difference.
Oh and regarding the cheese powder issue… In my area (so Idaho) our local grocery called Winco has a glorious bulk section. They sell cheese powder by the lb for about $3 per lb.
We like it for sprinkling on popcorn and making sauces.
I’m wondering if I could add some of this to the mix.
I like the idea of real cheese, but sometimes I just don’t have it on hand.

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64 Merissa January 16, 2014 at 10:55 am

I’m sure you could add it in! I’m not sure how much, that might be trial and error but then you can have it all put together on the shelf! :)

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65 Margaret January 19, 2014 at 10:49 am

Hi Merissa,
Love love love your website/blog!
What size mason jars would you suggest for 1 of the Hambuger Helper mixes?
Thanks for the great ideas, suggestions and recipes!!

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66 Merissa January 19, 2014 at 9:10 pm

I store them in pint size jars :)

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67 Mary T. January 23, 2014 at 8:19 am

Thank you for the recipe. I have been wishing for one. For mixes I use regularly I like to make the mix bulk in a jar with instructions for use, then buy the pasta bulk and keep it on hand for all recipes.

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68 Mary T. January 23, 2014 at 8:21 am

Nutritional yeast can be used to add a cheesy flavor to the mix, and is non-dairy if you are cooking that way.

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69 Alexandra S. January 27, 2014 at 6:43 pm

I just put together 2 jars of this (that’s what a bag of gluten free macaroni made with a little extra but I divided it even since gluten free never seems to make as much as regular gluten). I also wrote my directions to cook the pasta without the meat because my pasta needs to cook for 15-16 minutes and then I will add the meat so it is not over cooked. I am supposed to rinse the pasta also but we will see how these 2 jars come out then I will adjust. I also just found another glass jar and think I will try the Rice A Roni mix, maybe I can find a 2nd and make to batches :). Thanks for all the recipes, would love to see more gluten free recipe updates!

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70 Merissa January 27, 2014 at 6:45 pm

I will for sure have plenty of upcoming gluten free recipes :)

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71 Karen February 9, 2014 at 11:28 pm

Hi Merissa! Thanks so much for sharing your Hamburger Helper recipe. Do you have a dry mix recipe for Tuna Helper? It didn’t look like anyone had asked you that yet :)

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72 Merissa February 10, 2014 at 7:41 am

I don’t yet and I’m not a big fish eater so hopefully someone will comment with how to make this recipe into a Tuna Helper! :)

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73 Karen February 9, 2014 at 11:31 pm

P.S. My dad grew up in South Dakota and his dad owned and ran a hardware store there in Parkston. :)

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74 Merissa February 10, 2014 at 7:26 am

I bet he knew my family, they farmed right outside of Parkston :)

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75 Sue February 10, 2014 at 11:03 am

I love this! I remember when Hamburger Helper came out in the ’70′s. My mom was thrilled. Up to that point I grew up eating what Mom called “hamburger surprise” :-) It always had noodles or rice in it and a lot of vegetables. I still make Mom’s version :-)

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76 Merissa February 10, 2014 at 11:15 am

Mmmm, extra veggies always make a dish better!

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77 Kim February 10, 2014 at 11:06 am

What a great idea. I will have to give it a go. Thank you.

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78 Merissa February 10, 2014 at 11:14 am

I hope you enjoy it!

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79 Karen Broderick February 10, 2014 at 11:18 am

I am a bit embarrassed how much I really like Hamburger Helper!! when ever I make it my Boyfriend calls it Ghetto Fabulous! So glad I can make it from scratch and I will be using this recipe A lot!! in the last few minutes of cooking I add vegies like Zucchini, spinach, green onions ect… Thanks so much for this!!

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80 Hannah February 10, 2014 at 11:18 am

Homemade rice-a-roni! That without MSG would be great!

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81 Merissa February 10, 2014 at 11:45 am

We have a Homemade Rice Roni recipe here!

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82 Kristine McAllister February 10, 2014 at 11:18 am

Would love to see a copycat of Uncle Bens Long grain and Wild rice. Not the fast cooking one though! Haven’t found one yet that is as good as the box :(
A copy cat for Hellman’s brand “real” mayo would also be a good one for us. I cringe every time I use mayo cause I know it’s got so much stuff in it that isn’t needed.

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83 Jasmine April 16, 2014 at 4:20 pm

To make mayo “from scratch” 1 egg yolk, 1 Tablespoon of Dijon mustard, salt and pepper to taste. Blend these ingredients in a blender, then slowly drizzle in up to 16 ounces of neutral flavored oil. (canola, soybean)

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84 Mandi February 10, 2014 at 11:28 am

If you wanted to add cheese to your mix, could try something like the freeze dried cheese from the Thrive company. http://www.thrivelife.com

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85 Melissa February 10, 2014 at 11:31 am

Hi, I just want to say thank you for your blog here. I love your recipe ideas. I appreciate the time you take to figure out those quick meal helpers that we thought were gone forever once we walked away from the nasty laden pre-packaged foods out there. We try to stay as organic as we possibly can…but on those days when you don’t feel like taking forever on a meal…it’s nice to know I can have little treasures like this tucked in the pantry to grab for a quick easy meal. THANK YOU.

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86 Vicki February 10, 2014 at 11:32 am

Just wondering if you could use Instant Milk instead of liquid, so this could be taken backpacking or camping where refrigeration isn’t an option.

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87 jerri goree February 10, 2014 at 11:34 am

all hamburger flavors would be great.

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88 Julie February 10, 2014 at 11:37 am

Thanks so much!! Have wondered about making some hamburger helpers myself for the pantry!! Love your site!! How about chessey hashbrowns hamburger helper? We like it made with breakfast sausage as a breakfast. Thanks again for all you do!!!!

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89 Sarah February 10, 2014 at 11:40 am

Thanks so much for the recipe! My 15 month old has a few health problems and processed foods make it so much worse! I have been lost and overwhelmed trying to figure out how to change our cooking ways and still try to stay in budget. You are such a huge help to me!

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90 Debbie February 10, 2014 at 11:45 am

Hi there, just wanted to say thanks for the hamburger helper mix., i tried it, it was awesome and tasted so good. I didnt make a big batch up to store, but just made in the pan one night and it is definitely a keeper recipe in my home..Thanks (Debbie from Alberta, Canada). love your website and all your great ideas., keep up the awesome work, its very inspiring to me……

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91 Kathryn W February 10, 2014 at 11:58 am

Love your website and FB page. I have recently been contemplating recreating something that I recently bought at the store. The product is called Campbell’s Crock Pot Sauces. All you do is put the meat in the crock and pour the sauce over the top and turn on the crock pot. Couldn’t be easier and I thought that I could make the sauces from scratch and possibly even freeze them to extend their shelf life. There are six varieties. I have tried the Korean BBQ one and it is delicious.
I would love it if you could duplicate one of those.

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92 Trena February 10, 2014 at 12:04 pm

Love the recipe for the cheeseburger macaroni mix. I would like to request
A lasagna hamburger helper. My grandkids love this one. I usually have to make 3 boxes.

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93 Nat February 10, 2014 at 12:12 pm

Love the concept! Easy for kids to help cook then too…just grab a jar & they follow the directions.
One thing to note though, is the box mix has the cheese, this you add…and you are right….fresh is tastier….but the added cost of the cheese will narrow the price savings margion. It won’t detract from ease of use & pre prep…but for budgets, it is good to realize this. ( oh, the things one learns from having kids in 4-H Food Review & Consumer Science projects!) :) Keep the great ideas coming!

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94 Mary Beeman February 10, 2014 at 12:35 pm

Thanks for sharing this recipe! I used to use these mixes as quick suppers until my son got a severe headache after dinner one day. I looked on the box and sure enough MSG was in there. That’s when I learned they were adding it to the mixes and my son got his dad’s sensitivity to MSG. Haven’t had it in the house since, although Velveeta mixes don’t have it. But again they’re expensive and loaded with extra chemicals our family doesn’t need. Thanks for giving me an easy alternative.

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95 Briana February 10, 2014 at 12:42 pm

Have searched and searched for a spice mix for the “Salisbury Steak” version. :)

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96 Louise Price February 10, 2014 at 12:44 pm

Question: After mixing the dry ingredients, the recipe to use calls for milk to be added for the final preparation. Could you add dry milk to the original recipe and then just use water during the final prep?

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97 Merissa February 10, 2014 at 12:51 pm

Yes you could.

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98 Sharon A. Flowers February 10, 2014 at 12:59 pm

For diabetics and celiac disease, could you substitute the monk fruit sweetener and some whole wheat pasta? There are too few recipes for people who are suffering with buth celiac disease and diabetes. White flour, white rice and other such processed foods just add on more health disasters than benefits.

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99 Merissa February 10, 2014 at 1:30 pm

I’ve used rice pasta in this recipe without a problem so I’m sure that most substitutes will work. For the sweetener…you could easily just leave it out entirely and probably wouldn’t taste much difference :)

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100 Samantha February 10, 2014 at 1:05 pm

I cannot wait to try the homemade Hamburger Helper ! The Cheeseburger Mac is my Son’s favorite ! Thank you for posting this recipe ! ! ! !

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101 Elizabeth February 10, 2014 at 2:03 pm

I would love to see a recipe for soup or stew starter. I know you would need dehydrated veggies but I’m not sure how much of each spice I would need. Love the convenience of ready made stuff but like most people on here I don’t want the bad for you additives. Thanks for such a great page.

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102 Nancy F February 10, 2014 at 4:28 pm

Thanks for posting this Merissa! We have been eating as least processed as possible for the past two years. We had given up the notion of ever having Hamburger helper. Hubby misses this recipe terribly (not a fav of mine) but happy you posted this so I can tweek it. (Hubby is also a very picky eater) He will be so excited! Thank you thank you!

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103 Karen February 10, 2014 at 4:41 pm

If you get a chance, my favorite of the Hamburger Helper is Potatoes Stroganoff. Can you figure out a way to make that in a healthier version? Thanks!

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104 Peggy Janikula February 10, 2014 at 5:07 pm

Looking for the starter recipe for pancakes. You add things together and put in ref then every few days you add or do something to eat then like the last day you take a cup out and put in ref and make pancakes with rest I don’t even know the recipe

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105 Peggy Janikula February 10, 2014 at 5:09 pm

How about homemade laundry soap, fabric softener, bathtub cleaners and window cleaners

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106 Monna Walters February 10, 2014 at 5:21 pm

I do this, but I use 1/3 C freeze dried cheddar cheese and use it when we go camping because it cooks up so easily. We lose our power frequently, and this I can fix on the barbeque, also.

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107 Ellen Dunning February 10, 2014 at 5:46 pm

We tried this tonight and it was wonderful!

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108 Merissa February 10, 2014 at 6:23 pm

Awesome, I’m so glad you liked it!

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109 Tammi February 10, 2014 at 7:19 pm

Thank you! I’m going to try this.

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110 meloni February 10, 2014 at 8:23 pm

Hank you so much for taking the time to post this recipe!!
We, too stopped buying this stuff but used to use it all the time.
Would love to have a copycat recipe for Hidden Valley Ranch mix.
We use that stuff like its going out of style! Tried a recipe once but I
Think it was mis-typed as it called for like 2 cups of parsley and its nasty!!
Lol

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111 Trudy White February 11, 2014 at 11:30 am

Oh yes that would be an awesome recipe to have!!!

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112 Arlene Harper February 11, 2014 at 2:38 pm

So glad I found this, thanks to a Facebook posting!

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113 Judy Young February 19, 2014 at 1:07 pm

Hi. I got this from my daughter and I was curious to see if you have a recipe for Hamburger Beef Pasta.. That is the one my husband likes and I would like to see if you have a recipe for that one, too. Would be really great if you did.

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114 Jennifer March 4, 2014 at 7:18 pm

We just made this tonight! It was delicious and tasted just like Hamburger Helper, but the texture was really strange, almost grainy or powdery. Is there something I can do to avoid this? Thanks!

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115 Merissa March 4, 2014 at 8:44 pm

I’m really not sure why it would be that way, it hasn’t been when I’ve made it. Did you use any different ingredients?

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116 Bryn March 10, 2014 at 8:39 pm

We have a house full of lactose intolerant people who have learned not to like creamy/cheesy recipes, so I’d love a recipe for the Beef Pasta flavor, too!

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117 Laura March 12, 2014 at 12:09 pm

This is delicious. All five in my family love it and now a friend is hooked on it too. She’s asking for chicken helper mixes to store in a jar. Anyone have a good one to share?

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118 Cindy April 4, 2014 at 10:11 pm

I love how you have arrowroot powder in this instead of flour. I’ve had to go gluten-free and all I have to change is the pasta. I’m going to have to try this. This makes for an easy weeknight supper. Thank you so much.

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119 Crystal June 21, 2014 at 12:26 pm

Is there a variation for the powders that come in the Cheesy Tuna Helper or even Tetrazinne? My kids love it, and sometimes I use chicken instead of tuna when making this stuff.

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120 Crystal June 21, 2014 at 12:27 pm

How much would I need if I decide to make a big batch of the spices to keep on hand?

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