In the olden days, when my son was young, we liked Hamburger Helper's Cheeseburger Macaroni. Still do, but the sodium content makes it one of those things I have to stay away from. Not to mention, I'm not entirely sure what is in that box. MSG and I don't get along very well and I know that is one ingredient that is listed on the box.
For years I've tried various recipes that tout they taste just like the stuff. The last recipe I tried came pretty darn close. But still a little off and way too salty for my taste. So the girls and I have been experimenting and we came up with our version.
1 lb. lean ground beef
1/2 cup chopped onion
1 tsp onion powder
1 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp chili powder
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp ground black pepper
1 3/4 cup beef broth
2 cups milk
2 cups elbow macaroni
1 cup grated cheddar - sharp, medium, or mild
Over medium heat brown ground beef and onion in a large deep skillet or pot, drain fat. Stir in seasonings. Add broth, milk and macaroni. Combine well. Turn down heat and allow to simmer 10 minutes stirring occasionally. Test macaroni for doneness. Remove from heat, sprinkle cheese across the top. Stir in cheese, thoroughly. Serves 4 to 6.
The girls gave this recipe their seal of approval and that is all I need. It makes for a super quick meal to prepare too. If you happen to love that box of Hamburger Helper, give this recipe a try and see what you think.