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Old 02-20-2006, 10:49 PM   #11
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You could try rendering some chorizo with the ground beef. That will give a different flavor. Also try using some Mexican cheeses like queso cotija.
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Old 02-20-2006, 10:51 PM   #12
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I have used this recipe for a few years now - it might be close enough for you. The 5 ounces of canned tomato sauce doesn't really constitute a tomato base IMHO You can always increase the cheese with Velveeta or more cheddar - even just a mild cheddar would be good.

1 1/2 lbs. lean ground beef
8 ounces egg noodles (I use the wide noodles)
1 cup sour cream
3 oz. cream cheese
5 ounces canned tomato sauce
1 tsp. salt
1 cup sharp cheddar cheese
1 onion

(I guess you could always add some minced garlic to this)

Cook noodles and drain.

Beat sour cream into cream cheese.

Add chopped onion and garlic powder. Brown ground beef and drain off fat. Stir in tomato sauce, salt and pepper, set aside.

In 2 qt. or 9 x 13 baking pan layer half the noodles, half sour cream mixture, and half ground beef mixture. Repeat layers in the same order. Top with the sharp cheddar cheese.

Bake 350° for 30 minutes or until heated through.
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Old 02-20-2006, 11:00 PM   #13
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One more thing - that seasoning packet is a bunch of dried spices/herbs - it's going to be hard to reproduce that taste without some of those - especially the garlic powder.

I just read the "no casserole" - in that case just heat longer on the stove and maybe saute the onions a bit first.
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Old 02-21-2006, 05:01 AM   #14
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I make my own version of hamburger helper, that said I think it is more in the way you make the "mix".

I fry good flavorful beef burger, 85% lean. Then I add the salt and pepper, grated sweet onion and a touch of garlic(well alot of garlic, but I eat my burgers that way anyway!).

Now I add my cheeses, velveeta for melting, cheddar for flavor, swiss because I like it, goat cheese because I make it(ooh and the flavor is wonderful!), and a touch of whole cream and a dab of good whole grain mustard. Slowly simmer and stir until it is creamy and smooth.

Now I add the cooked pasta, usually elbows, sometimes mini penne. I add half as much pasta as I do meat sauce. Now I pour it all into a nice flat baking dish, preferrably glass. Spread evenly and bake at 450 degrees F for 15 minutes to brown the top and make it steaming hot.

Serve immediately with fried chicken, baked beans and a cold Ale!
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Old 02-21-2006, 09:10 AM   #15
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Ahh!!, mac and cheese, the old stand by here.
I lb of fried ground beef, add one med onion chopped, meanwhile boil elbow macaroni about 3 cups. Drain, add cubed velveeta cheese about 1/3 of the brick. Add about 1 and 1/2 cup milk, S/P to tast, mix and now you bake in oven at 350 for about 45 min. or if you are really hungary and can't wait put it in microwave and cook until cheese melts.You can also make a cheese sauce with the velveeta cheese. Make a med white sauce and add the velveeta cheese and pour over the macaroni and burger.Add what ever you like to this to your liking.
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Old 02-21-2006, 09:38 AM   #16
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don't forget the salt and pepper, and a little oregano will brighten things up a bit.

If you need it saucier, try the cheddar cheese soup or tomato sauce.
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Old 02-21-2006, 11:06 AM   #17
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I have used this recipe for a few years now - it might be close enough for you. The 5 ounces of canned tomato sauce doesn't really constitute a tomato base IMHO You can always increase the cheese with Velveeta or more cheddar - even just a mild cheddar would be good.

1 1/2 lbs. lean ground beef
8 ounces egg noodles (I use the wide noodles)
1 cup sour cream
5 ounces canned tomato sauce
1 tsp. salt
1 cup sharp cheddar cheese
1 onion

(I guess you could always add some minced garlic to this)

Cook noodles and drain.

Beat sour cream into cream cheese.

Add chopped onion and garlic powder. Brown ground beef and drain off fat. Stir in tomato sauce, salt and pepper, set aside.

In 2 qt. or 9 x 13 baking pan layer half the noodles, half sour cream mixture, and half ground beef mixture. Repeat layers in the same order. Top with the sharp cheddar cheese.

Bake 350 for 30 minutes or until heated through.
How much cream cheese do you use? I want to try this one.
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oops - read right over that ingredient! I changed it now but it's 3 ounces (we have small blocks with 3 oz. in them)
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I make my own version of hamburger helper, that said I think it is more in the way you make the "mix".

I fry good flavorful beef burger, 85% lean. Then I add the salt and pepper, grated sweet onion and a touch of garlic(well alot of garlic, but I eat my burgers that way anyway!).

Now I add my cheeses, velveeta for melting, cheddar for flavor, swiss because I like it, goat cheese because I make it(ooh and the flavor is wonderful!), and a touch of whole cream and a dab of good whole grain mustard. Slowly simmer and stir until it is creamy and smooth.

Now I add the cooked pasta, usually elbows, sometimes mini penne. I add half as much pasta as I do meat sauce. Now I pour it all into a nice flat baking dish, preferrably glass. Spread evenly and bake at 450 degrees F for 15 minutes to brown the top and make it steaming hot.

Serve immediately with fried chicken, baked beans and a cold Ale!
Brians, can you please me more specific with this recipe as it sounds DELICIOUS and i want to try it. List ratios of ingredients for me please print it out in recipe format

Kitchenelf, i am going to make your version for dinner tommorow night.
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I have used this recipe for a few years now - it might be close enough for you. The 5 ounces of canned tomato sauce doesn't really constitute a tomato base IMHO You can always increase the cheese with Velveeta or more cheddar - even just a mild cheddar would be good.

1 1/2 lbs. lean ground beef
8 ounces egg noodles (I use the wide noodles)
1 cup sour cream
3 oz. cream cheese
5 ounces canned tomato sauce
1 tsp. salt
1 cup sharp cheddar cheese
1 onion

(I guess you could always add some minced garlic to this)

Cook noodles and drain.

Beat sour cream into cream cheese.

Add chopped onion and garlic powder. Brown ground beef and drain off fat. Stir in tomato sauce, salt and pepper, set aside.

In 2 qt. or 9 x 13 baking pan layer half the noodles, half sour cream mixture, and half ground beef mixture. Repeat layers in the same order. Top with the sharp cheddar cheese.

Bake 350 for 30 minutes or until heated through.

i did this recipe, but i added some stuff..i sauteed garlic, along with the onion... i also added worchestershire sauce and mustard powder..and i added 8 oz of velveeta cheese and also additional cheddar cheese...it was really really good.... thank you for that.... we both loved it
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