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Eatin’ Nasty Hamburger Helper

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Eatin Nasty Hamburger Helper

This childhood comfort food is a highlight in Stephen King's novel, Lisey's Story.
Prep Time10 minutes
Cook Time20 minutes
Total Time30 minutes
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: comfort food, easy, ground beef
Servings: 4
Calories: 747kcal


  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 1 small onion diced
  • 6 oz tomato paste
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 1/2 tsp chili powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper ground
  • 3 cups beef stock
  • 2 tsp worcestershire sauce
  • 1 cup elbow macaroni
  • 2 cups cheddar cheese freshly grated
  • 1/4 cup sour cream
  • 1 tbsp parsley chopped


  • Add the beef and onions to a large skillet over medium heat. Cook until beef is browned. Drain.
  • Add tomato paste, garlic powder, onion powder, chili powder, salt and pepper. Stir and cook for 1 minute.
  • Add stock, worcestershire and bring to a boil.
  • Add macaroni and cook until it's al dente, about 8-10 minutes.
  • Take off the heat and immediately add the sour cream, cheese and parsley. Stir until the cheese is completely melted.
  • Enjoy!


Sodium: 1750mg | Calcium: 494mg | Vitamin C: 13mg | Vitamin A: 1467IU | Sugar: 9g | Fiber: 3g | Potassium: 1301mg | Cholesterol: 147mg | Calories: 747kcal | Trans Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 22g | Fat: 45g | Protein: 44g | Carbohydrates: 41g | Iron: 5mg

If you like this recipe, check out the book that inspired it!

Lisey’s Story Book Review ~ A Love Story a la Stephen King


You can buy Lisey’s Story here from Amazon or you can also choose to support local bookstores by purchasing it from Bookshop although I highly recommend listening to this book! You can buy the audio version at Libro.fm here. 

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