Make your Hamburger Helper go further (store brand, on sale, of course). With a household of 4 big eaters, a box of Hamburger Helper is just barely enough. If the kids have a friend over, forget it. So, I add some extra milk, water, or a little of both depending on whether the Hamburger Helper recipe calls for milk, and some elbow or rotini noodles to create an extra serving or two. I don't measure, but I think about 3/4-1 cup of liquid and 1/2-3/4 cup of pasta.
By Nasubi77 from Western NC
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I was fixing some Beef Hamburger Helper the other night and found that I was having extra people for dinner. I fixed it as directed on the package. When the beef was browning, I took a handful of spaghetti, broke it in half and boiled it until done; drained it and set aside.
When the Hamburger Helper was all done, I put the cooked spaghetti in with it. It made a whole lot more and tasted great! A good way to stretch the meals in these hard to make ends meet time.
Source: An idea a friend gave me long ago.
By Barbara from Evington, VA
This a great idea.
I agree about the salt content. This is a great tip. (10/30/2009)