It's funny the other night my husband was talking about a story he heard on NPR about how the marketing campaign behind Hamburger Helper when it first came out in 50's was... something like... "When you don't have time to make a home cooked meal, use a box of Hamburger Helper."
But today the idea behind it is... "When you want a home cooked meal make a box of Hamburger Helper."
What is wrong with us today? When you want a home cooked meal..... make it yourself. If you do not have the time to make everything from scratch. I understand that! I am a busy mom after all. There are days when I would love to make pasta by hand or a batch of sauce... but we only have so many hours in the day! Choosing a product like Hamburger Helper or any other ready to go meal out of a box is not what a decent meal should be. It is nothing but artificial flavors, colorings and chemicals. If you can not pronounce an ingredient listed on the back of a box.... my advice. DON'T EAT IT!
The idea behind this is absurdly absurd.... when you want a home cooked meal?? I'm going to buy a box of crap and throw it in a pan. Hamburger Helper is 3 basic ingredients... pasta, meat, sauce. Why do we need to simplify that even more?
So to illustrate how stupidly easy it is to make a decent meal that is much like hamburger helper, but a tad less processed.... I made my own version. Sans the burger though.... because we are meatless these days! If you want to add your own. I will add the instructions at the bottom of the recipe.
Make Your Own Hamburger Helper
1 box of whole wheat lasagna noodles
1 jar of your favorite tomato sauce (or better yet your own! I used my mothers homemade jarred sauce)
1/2 cup freshly grated Parmesan
1 cup fresh mozzarella shredded
Break your lasagna noodles into small pieces boil until cooked according to box directions.
Pour sauce over pasta.
Sprinkle with cheese and mix.
***To add hamburger***
Fry 1 pound of burger until browned and cooked. Strain grease. Mix into pasta mixture.
So tell me why again people buy that stuff in a box with the creepy white talking glove?