Better than Helper Cheeseburger Macaroni

When my boys were kids it seemed that nearly every day there was some activity we had to get to after school and on weekends. Even in summer there was softball, swimming, Scouts, and 4-H. I hated not being able to cook at home and even on nights I did cook at home it was sometimes something from a box. One meal that was quick and that the boys liked was Hamburger Helper. Then I realized I could do my own version and the kids declared it Better than Helper Cheeseburger Macaroni!

Better than Helper Cheeseburger Macaroni is quick and easy

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Bam’s Tuesday Casserole Updated

Back in April I posted my recipe for Bam’s Tuesday Casserole (which isn’t really a casserole). I’d been making it the same way since my sons were very little. I really like it, don’t get me wrong. But I thought it was time to make a couple of changes. Get ready for Bam’s Tuesday Casserole Updated.

Bam's Tuesday Casserole Updated

I know. I really should stop calling this a casserole but I’ve been calling it Tuesday Casserole for going on thirty years. I may be too old to change. Whether you call it a casserole or a skillet dish doesn’t matter. It’s a great way to use inexpensive ingredients to make a meal!

The changes I made were minor. I used Worcestershire Sauce in the recipe and cut back on the tomato juice. I also added a little salt to the liquid.

I chopped my vegetables just like the original recipe. Then I mixed 1 1/2 cups of tomato juice, 1 tablespoon of Worcestershire sauce, and 1/2 teaspoon salt.

Bam's Tuesday Casserole Updated

Bam's Tuesday Casserole Updated

I browned the ground beef, seasoning it with salt and pepper. When it was cooked through I drained it and set it aside.

Bam's Tuesday Casserole Updated

I sautéed the carrots and celery until they were slightly softened. Then I added the onions and cooked them until they were translucent. The garlic was added last and I cooked that only until the garlic was fragrant.

Bam's Tuesday Casserole Updated

I put the ground beef back in the skillet and added the liquid. I let it simmer for a few minutes then added a cup of peas and let them heat through.

Bam's Tuesday Casserole Updated

I made mashed potatoes and put a big scoop into each bowl then topped it with the burger mix. It is definitely a more grown up version of Bam’s Tuesday Casserole but kids will still love it!

Bam's Tuesday Casserole Updated

With a tossed salad this bowl of yummy makes a complete meal that’s fast to make and very filling!

Bam's Tuesday Casserole Updated

It takes only 8 ingredients to make this inexpensive one skillet dinner!

  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 cup onion (diced)
  • 1/2 cup carrot (diced)
  • 1/2 cup celery (diced)
  • 2 cloves garlic (minced)
  • 1 1/2 cups tomato juice
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup peas (frozen works fine)
  1. Brown the ground beef in a large skillet, drain and set aside.

    Add carrots and celery to skillet and cook until tender crisp.

    Add the onion and cook until translucent.

    Add the garlic and cook until fragrant (1 – 2 minutes).

    Return the ground beef to the skillet and stir to combine beef and vegetables.

    Combine tomato juice, Worcestershire sauce, and salt.

    Pour liquid over beef mixture and stir to combine.

    Simmer for several minutes then add peas and simmer just until peas are heated through.

    Serve with mashed potatoes or noodles and a green salad.