Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Homemade Cheeseburger Macaroni Recipe

My husband and I have been searching for an alternative to pre-packaged Hamburger Helper Cheeseburger Macaroni.  In the past we tried making it from a Campbell's soup recipe and it was not a success.  I came up with the recipe you see below and we tested it last night.  While it wasn't an exact match for the original, it tasted pretty good.  Since we used turkey, I added beef bullion to give it a beefy taste.  I can't be sure exactly how many cups per serving we ended up with, but it made enough for two large platefuls.


- 1/2 package Jennie-O extra lean ground turkey (about 10 oz)
- 4 oz Ronzoni Smart Taste macaroni (a high fiber pasta)
- One 10 3/4 oz can of Campbell's Condensed Cheddar Cheese soup
- 1/2 cube Knorr beef bullion
- 1/2 cup boiling water
- 4 oz fat free milk

Prepare salted water for macaroni.  While wating for water to come to a rapid boil, brown the ground turkey according to package directions.  Drain turkey (if necessary).  Dissolve bullion cube in 1/2 cup of boiling water.  When salted water is at a rolling boil, put macaroni in and return to boil.  Boil macaroni for about 7 minutes or to taste.  While macaroni is boiling, add cheese soup, beef broth, and milk to the turkey.  Simmer for about 7 minutes (while waiting for macaroni to be done).  When macaroni is ready, drain it and add it to turkey mixture.  Stir and serve.

Note:  Most hamburger helper style recipes have you add the uncooked macaroni to the meat and sauce mixture and simmer it.  I've had problems getting the pasta fully cooked this way, so I just made the macaroni separately.

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