Homemade hamburger helper, anyone? If you’re a child of the eighties, then you may nostalgically remember “that” famous out-of-the-box hamburger-pasta dinner (and commercials featuring a white talking oven mitt…). I digress. From my very foggy memories of this era, I remember this being a deeply satisfying dinner. I’m not making any health claims, but it was tasty.
Well folks, times have changed, and it’s pretty rare for me to hit-up the boxed, pre-packaged aisle for meal time. I sort of stumbled into this dish one evening…I wanted to make something easy and comforting and something that the kiddies wouldn’t gripe about. And I needed to use up some ground meat. I wanted to create a creamy sauce that would coat the pasta, but didn’t want to use cream. Using milk and flour works super well, and when combined with the tomato paste and grated cheese it’s just right. Hearty, satisfying, but not overly rich at all.