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One of Sean’s favorite, and most requested, meals is lasagna. I love it too, but I am not a fan of making it. It seems so time consuming, and has like a MILLION steps. So I’m definitely a sucker for homemade meals with a shortcut. So I’ve come up with an amazing shortcut to make lasagna, Hamburger Helper Ultimates!
When I saw this at Walmart, I knew I had to try it as my “cheat” meal, and it worked perfectly. Especially combined with the great fresh meat that you can also find at Walmart.
1 box - 3 cheese marinara Hamburger Helper Ultimates
1 cup water
2 1/4 cup milk
6 Lasagna Noodles
2 cups Italian mix cheeses
1 lb. ground beef
a bit of dried basil
Boil lasagna noodles in salted water, according to the package (approx. 12 min.) Drain and dab dry when cooked.
While noodles are cooking
In a large sauce pan, brown your ground beef. Strain excess grease, then add water, milk and sauce packet and bring to a boil. Cover and reduce heat to medium. Simmer for 15 minutes, stirring often. Stir in the tomato sauce from the Hamburger Helper box.
Spread about 4 Tablespoons of meat sauce on the bottom of an oven safe dish.
One noodle at a time, spread meat sauce all the way across the noodle, sprinkle with cheese and then top with a pinch of basil.
Carefully roll the noodle up into spiral
Place all 6 rolled up noodles into the pan, and use the rest of the meat sauce on top then sprinkle the remaining cheese on the top as well. Top off with a bit more basil.
Bake at 350 degrees for 25-30 minutes
These are super easy to make, and I love that they are homemade in just 45 minutes. And the kids absolutely love the spiral part of it. It’s great having a food that excites the kids, and the hubby loves when I make!