Instant Pot Hamburger Helper Cheeseburger Macaroni

This is a gluten free version of the popular box mix of Hamburger Helper Cheeseburger Macaroni without the chemicals, but still very quick and easy!

Instant Pot Hamburger Helper Cheeseburger Macaroni
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Servings Prep Time
6 servings 5 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
14 minutes 2 minutes
Servings Prep Time
6 servings 5 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
14 minutes 2 minutes
Instant Pot Hamburger Helper Cheeseburger Macaroni
Print Recipe
Servings Prep Time
6 servings 5 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
14 minutes 2 minutes
Servings Prep Time
6 servings 5 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
14 minutes 2 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. Set Instant Pot to saute. When it says HOT, add oil.
  2. Add ground beef, onions and garlic to pot. Cook until meat is browned, stirring to break up meat. Season with salt, pepper, thyme and Worcestershire sauce as it is cooking.
  3. Add tomato paste, water and beef base. Stir to scrape up any bits stuck to the bottom of the pot. Add elbows. Press cancel to stop Saute.
  4. Lock lid in place and seal valve. Cook on high pressure for 4 minutes. (Cook time may vary with the kind of pasta you choose to use). Quick release the pressure. Stir in half of the cheese. Serve remaining cheese on the side.
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Chili Without Beans

I made this to use in a chili cheese dip:  http://www.cherylsrecipes.net/recipe/chili-cheese-dip/

I learned that this is a Texas style chili because it has no beans.  Personally, I prefer my chili with beans, but this works fantastic in this dip!

Chili Without Beans
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Servings Prep Time
8 servings 30 minutes
Cook Time
2 hours
Servings Prep Time
8 servings 30 minutes
Cook Time
2 hours
Chili Without Beans
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Servings Prep Time
8 servings 30 minutes
Cook Time
2 hours
Servings Prep Time
8 servings 30 minutes
Cook Time
2 hours
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. Brown beef with onions, sweet pepper, jalapenos and garlic in the oil. Add remaining ingredients and simmer for a couple of hours. Add water as needed for the consistency that you desire.
  2. Serve with desired condiments: corn chips, cheese, sour cream, green onions, cilantro, etc.
Recipe Notes

If you don't have beef base, just use beef broth in place of the beef base and water.  Just read ingredients first if you have food allergies!

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Italian Meatballs

These are called Italian Meatballs, but they can be made into just about any kind of meatball you want by changing or leaving out the Parmesan cheese.  You can make Swedish Meatballs  http://www.cherylsrecipes.net/recipe/swedish-meatballs/, BBQ Meatballs, Sweet & Sour Meatballs, etc.  You can even cut small cubes of mozzarella cheese (or any other kind of cheese) and wrap the meatball mixture around it before baking.  You will want to make a larger meatball for making them this way, though.  Meatballs always make a good dish for a potluck or a party!

Italian Meatballs
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Servings Prep Time
8 servings 20 minutes
Cook Time
15 minutes
Servings Prep Time
8 servings 20 minutes
Cook Time
15 minutes
Italian Meatballs
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Servings Prep Time
8 servings 20 minutes
Cook Time
15 minutes
Servings Prep Time
8 servings 20 minutes
Cook Time
15 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Combine all ingredients for meatballs with mixer and shape into balls. (I like to make smaller meatballs using a small cookie scoop.) Bake for 15 minutes.
Recipe Notes

Although spelt is actually a type of wheat flour, most people with wheat allergies can digest spelt flour with no problem.  Obviously, you should not eat spelt if it is a problem for you.

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Swedish Meatballs

This is made using my Italian meatballs http://www.cherylsrecipes.net/recipe/italian-meatballs/ and my Cream of Mushroom Soup http://www.cherylsrecipes.net/recipe/cream-of-mushroom-soup/ .  They are always a big hit at parties!

Swedish Meatballs
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Servings Prep Time
8 servings 30 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
Servings Prep Time
8 servings 30 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
Swedish Meatballs
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Servings Prep Time
8 servings 30 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
Servings Prep Time
8 servings 30 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
Ingredients
Meatballs
Cream of Mushroom Soup
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Combine all ingredients for meatballs with mixer and shape into balls. (I like to make smaller meatballs using a small cookie scoop.) Bake 15 minutes.
  2. Meanwhile, make the soup. In a Dutch oven, melt butter over medium heat. Add onions and cook, covered, just until tender. Add mushrooms and lemon juice. Cook just until mushrooms are tender.
  3. Stir in flour until blended.
  4. Add water, soup base, and pepper. Cook, stirring, frequently, until thickened. Stir in cream.
  5. Add meatballs and warm thoroughly.
  6. Serve with rice or pasta.
Recipe Notes

Although spelt is actually a type of wheat flour, most people with wheat allergies can digest spelt flour with no problem.  Obviously, you should not eat spelt if it is a problem for you.

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Beef Stroganoff Hamburger Helper

This is a great meal when you have had a busy day.  It is much healthier than the box mix that you can buy at the store, but doesn’t take any longer!

Beef Stroganoff Hamburger Helper
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Servings Prep Time
4 servings 5 minutes
Cook Time
30 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 5 minutes
Cook Time
30 minutes
Beef Stroganoff Hamburger Helper
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Servings Prep Time
4 servings 5 minutes
Cook Time
30 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 5 minutes
Cook Time
30 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. Heat a large skillet over medium high heat. Add the oil and brown the ground beef.
  2. As the beef is cooking, slice the mushrooms and add the mushroom slices to the partially cooked ground beef.
  3. Combine the seasonings as that finishes cooking.
  4. Add all other ingredients, except sour cream, to the cooked beef. Stir to combine and cover.
  5. Bring to a boil, then lower heat to medium low and allow to simmer for 10-12 minutes, or until the noodles are cooked through. The time may vary depending on the type of noodles you use. Read the directions on the package. This gluten free Barilla fettuccine takes 13-14 minutes, but white spelt pasta takes 7 minutes!
  6. Add the sour cream and stir. If it is too watery, let sit for 5 more minutes. Serve immediately.
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Porcupine Meatballs with Brown Mushroom Gravy

These easy meatballs are simmered in a rich brown gravy with onions and mushrooms.

Porcupine Meatballs with Brown Mushroom Gravy
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Servings Prep Time
32 meatballs 30 minutes
Cook Time
45 minutes
Servings Prep Time
32 meatballs 30 minutes
Cook Time
45 minutes
Porcupine Meatballs with Brown Mushroom Gravy
Print Recipe
Servings Prep Time
32 meatballs 30 minutes
Cook Time
45 minutes
Servings Prep Time
32 meatballs 30 minutes
Cook Time
45 minutes
Ingredients
Brown Mushroom Gravy
Servings: meatballs
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 400. Line baking sheet with heavy duty foil, then parchment paper. (The foil makes it so you don't have to wash the pan and the parchment paper prevents the meatballs from sticking to the foil.) Combine all ingredients for meatballs. Using a small cookie scoop, form meatballs and bake on baking sheet for 15 minutes.
  2. While that is baking, put oil in skillet and dice onion. Begin cooking the onions while you slice the mushrooms. Add to onions. When onions and mushrooms are nearly done, add beef base, black pepper and garlic powder. Add 2 cup of water to the pan. Bring to a boil. Combine cornstarch with remaining 1/2 cup of water. Gradually add cornstarch mix to pan and stir as you are pouring. Cook, stirring often, until thoroughly mixed.
  3. Add cooked meatballs to mushroom sauce, cover with lid and bring to a simmer. Simmer for 30 minutes.
Recipe Notes

Note that the meatballs will grow when cooking because of the raw rice in them.

Nutrition info on 5 meatballs with sauce:  258 calories, 11 g fat, 81 mg cholesterol, 581 mg sodium, 193 mg potassium, 20 g carbs, 1 g fiber, 2 g sugar, 20 g protein

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