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Hamburger Helper



  • 1 lb. lean ground beef
  • 1/2 medium onion, diced
  • 1/2 red pepper, diced
  • 1 pinch red pepper flakes (or more, if you like it spicy!)
  • 1/2 tsp. minced garlic
  • 1 cube frozen spinach (or about 1 cup fresh, chopped fine)
  • 1 3/4 cup milk
  • 1 3/4 cup beef broth
  • 2 1/2 cups macaroni
  • 1 1/2 cups tomato sauce
  • 1 1/2 cups shredded cheese


  1. To a large pot add beef, onion, peppers, pepper flakes, garlic and spinach. Cook this mixture over medium high heat until beef is browned.
  2. Add in milk, broth, macaroni and tomato sauce and bring to a boil.
  3. Reduce to medium low and cover mixture with a lid. Cook 12-15 minutes, checking and stirring every 5 minutes.
  4. Check noodles, if the noodles aren't cooked after 15 minutes, continue cooking until desired consistency.
  5. Stir in 1 cup of cheese.
  6. Sprinkle remaining cheese on top and serve.

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