Thursday, December 4, 2008

Grown Up Hamburger Helper

This is another great recipe from Shelly! (Adapted from Rachel Ray). This was DELICIOUS and is also great as leftovers! Shelly halved the recipe, but I will post the full recipe below. This easily makes enough for 4-6 people.


* Appx 4 cups pasta (elbow/cavatappi/penne/etc. are fine)
* 1 lb ground beef
(we used ground turkey)
* 4 tbsp grated onion (we omitted)
* 4 tsp worcesteshire sauce (we used soy sauce)
* 4 tbsp butter
* 3 tbsp flour
* 1 cup chicken stock (we used Campbell's chicken broth)
* 2 cups half and half
* 1 tbsp dijon mustard (we used spicy brown mustard)
* 2 1/2 cups shredded colby jack cheese
* Garnish: chopped dill pickles, diced tomatoes, or salsa (we omitted)


1. Boil a pot of water and add
the pasta, cook per the box. Don't drain until the rest is ready.
2. In a large skillet brown the meat. Add the onion and worcestershire then some salt and pepper. When fully cooked, remove to a paper plate and get rid of the grease.
3. In the same skillet, over medium heat, melt the butter. Whisk in the flour and cook for a minute. Whisk in the half and half and the chicken stock. Bring to a bubble and cook for a few minutes until it thickens up. Stir in the dijon. Add the cheese and keep stirring until all melted into gooey goodness. Add more salt and pepper.
4. Drain the pasta and add to the sauce skillet along with the meat. Serve with the dill pickles and tomatoes/salsa if you wish.

According to Shelly's hubby, one should also add the special ingredient: Little Caesar's spice pack! We used Pizza Hut red pepper flakes. mmm.

1 comment:

Joelen said...

Yum - what a great meal for the weeknights when I don't have much time. Thanks for sharing!