If you haven’t noticed the trend lately, we’re ecstatic about egg noodles the last few weeks. Probably in part due to the fact that one of my favorite things as a kid was Hamburger Helper. Now that Cicily is finally starting to experiment with eating meat, ground beef is one of the few things she’ll eat. Pair it with noodles and she’ll crush it.
In doing some research for “Hamburger Helper” from scratch recipes, I realized most of them contain milk or cheese. Since we try to eliminate dairy as much as possible, I thought we’d try our own version using almond milk and tomato paste as a base. Full disclosure, this recipe does tend to have a little more “tomato” flavor than the traditional “Hamburger Helper” I remember as a child.
Nonetheless, it may be a little different but still extremely delicious and even has a little bit of a “creamy” texture like the packaged stuff.
Here’s how you can make homemade Hamburger Helper from scratch on your own!
- 1 lb. ground beef
- 1 cup uncooked egg noodles
- 1 cup almond milk
- ¼ cup diced onion
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1 tablespoon tomato paste
- 1 teaspoon oregano
- 1 teaspoon thyme
- 1 teaspoon parsley
- ½ teaspoon garlic powder
- ¼ teaspoon paprika
- Fresh basil, chopped
- Salt + pepper to taste
- In a large nonstick pan, saute the onions with 1 tablespoon of olive oil.
- In the same pan, brown the ground beef and drain the fat.
- Stir in the oregano, thyme, parsley, garlic powder, paprika, salt and pepper.
- Add the tomato paste and mix well.
- Add the almond milk. Stir and bring to a simmer.
- Add the egg noodles and stir. Cover, and cook for 8-10 minutes or until egg noodles are cooked. Stir occasionally making sure not to overcook the egg noodles.
- Top with freshly chopped basil.
Have any “copycat” recipes you’d like to share? I’m always looking for fun ways to recreate yummy dishes at home from scratch! Please share your favorite recipes in the comments!