Hi Eric. I'm wondering - what kind of sauce did you use for your casserole dish that you weren't happy with?
I haven't had Hamburger Helper in decades, but canned cream of ______(fill in the blank) can make a nice sauce for a casserole. Stock up on some of that, pasta, cooked ground beef or chicken, canned or frozen veggies, and just throw a one pot dish together. You could top it with cheese. Visit the Chicken and Biscuits
thread - you could use canned biscuits for a topping.
Canned or bottled marinara sauce is good to keep on hand if you want an Italian spin on your one dish meal.
Googling 'Hamburger Helper recipes' will get you a ton of results!
Most freeze well, if you decide you want to double up and have something ready to defrost.