I used to not really cook dinner. In fact when we were first married Matt told me that he would be happy eating Hot Pockets for dinner every night! We ate more than our share of pizza, Hot Pockets, Hamburger Helper and grilled cheese sandwiches in the first years of married life. I (as is obvious through this blog) have developed a real love for cooking and baking and am thankful to have the opportunity to do it! Strange as it may sound I have been hungry for Hamburger Helper lately.
I found this recipe at Can You Stay For Dinner and the author mentions that it reminded her of Hamburger Helper. That was all it took for me to put it on my 'need to make' list. Matt & I really liked this recipe, but didn't think it tasted that much like Hamburger Helper. It was better!! It has way more flavor thanks to the steak seasoning and the wonderful tomatoes. The only thing missing is that there was not as much cheese as I expected with the title. I typically pile the cheese on, but this time I only added the 1 cup the recipe only called for. As I am writing this I realized that I used more than 8 oz of pasta...hmm, that could be the reason for the lack of cheesy-ness! I think next time I will add a little more cheese to compensate for the additional pasta I like to add :)
Cheeseburger Pasta Source: Can You Stay For Dinner
8 oz uncooked pasta (I used more)
1 lb ground beef
1/4 C finely chopped onion1/4 C chopped mushrooms (I used more)
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 can (14-1/2 oz) diced tomatoes, drained
1 tbsp Dijon mustard
3 tbsp ketchup
1 1/2 tsp steak seasoning
1/4 tsp salt
1 C shredded sharp cheddar cheese (if you use more than 8 oz of pasta, add more cheese)
Chopped green onions, optional (I didn't use)
1. Cook pasta to al dente and set aside.
2. While pasta is cooking, start browning the ground beef. After a minute or two of cooking add in the onion, mushrooms and garlic.
3. Drain the ground beef and add in the tomatoes, Dijon mustard, ketchup and seasonings.
4. Cook for about 10 minutes to let the flavors combine.
5. Stir in the pasta and cheese. Mix well and enjoy!