Wednesday, January 4, 2012

New Recipe Posting.

Well I've done quite poor at putting out a new recipe every week. So I'll add one today. Lasts night dinner was home made Hamburger helper. Yeah I know. But some nights you A. don't want to cook and B. Don't have a whole hell of a lot in the house. So one must improvise.  I do tend to keep a few staples in the house, for the occasion that both  A & B occur on the same evening. You must always have egg noodles, a can of condensed cream soup (please don't lecture me on it's awfulness, I am well aware how it barely constitutes food), some sort of meat product, and an onion. You must must must keep an onion in the house. Even if you don't cook that often. They keep just wonderful in the pantry. Cool dark places is what they like best.

So here it is:

Home Made Hamburger Helper
Sorry the recipe is so vauge, it's meant to be a cupboard cleaner outer

1 Can Cream of Mushroom Soup (or any Cream Based Soup)
1/2 cup of milk
1/2 diced onion
1/2 diced green pepper
Some cheese
Some Meat
Egg Noodles
Salt and Pepper

Heat largest skillet you have. You should beable to get everything in it if your not cooking for 10. If your Meat is raw, cook it up in a little oil, (brown hamburger, cut up chicken into little bite sized pieces) drain off excess fat when done. Remove to separate bowl.If your meat is already cooked (Tuna, pre cooked meat from market, morningstar farms, etc) move to next step. Put on a pan of water to boil. Follow directions to cook egg noodles. Use your best judgement as to how much. (We were 2 and used 1/2 a bag) Sauté onions and green peppers (if you have them) add a little garlic if you like. Cook on medium till soft. Remove to separate bowl with meat. On medium heat add soup and milk, wisk till combined. If it looks too thick, add a little more milk. Once it is simmering add some cheese, what ever you have in the fridge, except mozzarella (it just gets stringy). Once the cheese is incorporated add a little black pepper and the rest of the ingredients back in to the skillet. Then add the cooked noodles and taste for salt.  If you would like you can also add a little cayenne or pepper flakes for a kick.  Try adding salsa with cheddar for a mexican helper.

Lots of options with this one. Its about 1/2 hour in the kitchen start to finish. 

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