Thursday, April 05, 2007

Homemade Hamburger Helper

Barb Wirsta is a good friend and Home & School parent, and she submitted this recipe, which can be found in "Our Family Recipes", the Princess Margaret Home & School Association cookbook. She calls it "An easy fix for supper tonight!"

Approximately 1 lb ground beef or turkey
1 or 2 cans, (or 1 - 2 cups frozen vegetables)
1 cup macaroni or other dry pasta
2 cans cream of mushroom, celery or chicken soup
2 soup cans of milk or water
salt and pepper to taste

In a deep pan, brown ground beef. Drain excess fat. Add frozen or canned (drained) vegetables, dry pasta, cans of soup and milk or water. Bring to a boil over medium to medium-high heat. Cover, reduce temperature and simmer for about 15 minutes. Stir often. When pasta has softened, remove cover and let cook a bit more until the mixture is the consistency that you desire. Remember to stir so as not to let it stick to your pan. Serve with a simple tossed salad.

VARIATIONS: Choose different types of soups, pastas and/or vegetables. I've even tried it with cream of tomato soup and canned tomatoes (drained) and long-grain rice. You can even drop some Cheez Whiz or grated cheese on top before serving. If you decide to use fresh veggies... mix them in after the pasta has softened.

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