Here is a yummy recipe for Homemade Hamburger Helper from Wild Thyme with chef, Allison Davis!


Homemade Cheesy Mac

Easy Homemade Cheesy Mac

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1 lb of ground beef

1 TBSP oil

1 onion diced

1 TBSP smoked paprika

1 bell pepper diced

1 jalapeno minced

2 tsp onion powder

2 tsp garlic powder

salt and pepper to taste

1 TBSP chili powder


Cheese Sauce



2 TBSP flour

2 cups of milk

1 cup of chicken or beef broth

2 cups of smoked gouda cheese


2 cups of elbow macaroni cooked



In a large saute pan, brown the ground beef. Drain on a paper towel-lined plate or baking sheet and set aside.


In the same skillet, add the oil and heat on a medium to high heat.  Add the onions, and sweat until translucent. Add the bell pepper, jalapeno, spices, and season with salt and pepper.   Add the ground beef back into the mixture and stir until evenly combined with all the spices.  Turn off the heat and set aside.


In a medium saucepan add the butter and melt over medium heat, add in the flour and stir until smooth.  Add in the milk and broth and bring to a boil until slightly thickened.  Stir in the smoked gouda and stir until smooth and creamy.  If the sauce is too thick add a little more broth.


In a casserole dish add the elbow macaroni and ground beef mixture and mix thoroughly so that the meat and veggies are evenly distributed.  Pour the cheese sauce over the mixture and mix well. Garnish with additional paprika or chopped parsley.


Bake in the oven at 350 degrees for about 15-20 minutes and serve.

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