I am pretty certain that I won't go back to eating Hamburger Helper from a box again minus using up the ones I already have in the cupboard. Yes Hamburger Helper is an inexpensive meal. But this recipe was just as easy to make and so much tastier.
No Helper Cheeseburger Macaroni
Adapted from Ezra Pound Cake
1 POUND GROUND BEEF
1 MEDIUM ONION CHOPPED
2 1/2 CUPS BEEF BROTH
2 TEASPOONS MUSTARD
3/4 CUP KETCHUP
1 TEASPOON GARLIC POWDER
1/2 TEASPOON SALT
1 1/2 CUPS ELBOW MACARONI (I USE WHOLE WHEAT, AND NO ONE KNOWS.)
1 CUP (4 OUNCES) CHEDDAR CHEESE, GRATED
In a large skillet over medium-high heat, brown the beef and onions, breaking apart the meat as you go. Drain off grease, and return pan to heat. (I like to cook the meat a little longer to get those nice burned bits of meat and onion.)
Combine the beef broth, mustard, ketchup, garlic and salt. Add to meat.
Bring the meat mixture to a boil, and add macaroni.
Reduce the heat to medium, and cover. Continue cooking for 10 to 12 minutes, until the pasta is tender.
When the macaroni is done, sprinkle cheese on top. Stir until melted, about 1 minute, and serve immediately.