Homemade Hamburger Helper Mix

1 1/4 tsp black pepper

1 Tbsp garlic powder

2 Tbsp dried parsley

1/3 cup instant onion

3 Tbsp onion powder

1 Tbsp salt

1 2/3 cup dry milk

3 1/2 Tbsp beef bouillon (opt)

Mix this all up and store in glass jar or other sealed container.  Use 1/2 cup for each pound of ground meat.

BASIC RECIPE

1 pound ground beef

1/2 cup of mix (above)

1 to 2 cups noodles

1 1/2 to 3 cups water

flavorings

 

Brown and drain the ground beef.  Stir in the dry mix, then add 2 cups hot water and 2 cups noodles.  You can add more or less water and noodles, proportionately, depending on how much you need to stretch the beef.  Bring to a boil, then turn down to a simmer.  Cover.  Cook until noodles are tender, about 20 minutes.

 

Cheeseburger skillet:  Add 1 cup dehydrated cheese with the dry mix or cook as above, then stir in 2 cups grated cheddar or colby cheese before serving.

Stroganoff skillet:  Add 1/2 tsp of onion powder and 1/2 tsp celery salt with the dry mix.  Stir in 1/2 cup fresh or canned mushrooms.  AFter cooking noodles, stir in 1/4 cup sour cream just before serving.

Chili Skillet:  Add one 14.5oz can diced tomatoes and 1 Tbsp chili powder.

Potato variation:  Instead of macaroni, add 2-3 cups very thinly sliced potatoes.  Simmer 20 to 30 minutes until potatoes are tender.  Uncover and simmer until liquid has evaporated

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