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Today’s Tasty Tuesdays recipe comes from author Gail Sattler. Although the recipe bears an unusual name, Gail assures me it’s a homemade Hamburger Helper recipe, developed by her mother-in-law. Gail didn’t forward a photo, but says if you close your eyes and think of Hamburger Helper, you’ve got it. Enjoy!


Sattler Family Goop

aka Hamburger Helper without the box


  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 1 onion
  • 1 can tomato soup
  • 1 can cream of mushroom soup
  • 1 pkg macaroni and cheese
  • optional- grated cheddar cheese and/or parmesan cheese


  1. Cook the onion and ground beef until browned. Drain fat. At the same time, cook the macaroni.
  2. When the beef is cooked, add both soups and the contents of the cheese package, stir.
  3. Add the cooked macaroni. Stir.
  4. Serve – optional – top with grated cheddar cheese and/or grated parmesan cheese.


This is a recipe that was originally a throw-together created by my mother-in-law. She owned and operated a small corner grocery store, back in the days before superstores were open late. Basically, it’s Hamburger Helper without the box. She had three growing boys to feed, and often not a lot of time to cook. For a big part of the summer my father-in-law was out of town on construction jobsites, so this recipe would also suit a single mother. I remember the first time I made this for my husband, he was floored. We still think of her every time I make this.

While you’re waiting for this cook, take a peek at the blurb for Gail’s Romantic Suspense The Other Neighbor.

Cheryl Richardson doesn’t know that her landlord who owns the other half of the duplex where she lives is plotting to build a bomb—but the FBI does. In order to discover what her landlord is planning to blow up, agent Steve Gableman moves next door to get closer to Cheryl to learn what she knows, namely the target and motive, so they can stop it. But when Steve involves himself in every area of her life, including her dog, will Cheryl be the one to explode?

You can find The Other Neighbor on Amazon

About the Author:

Gail Sattler lives in Vancouver BC Canada, where you don’t have to shovel rain. When she’s not madly writing (Gail Sattler has over 40 published novels and novellas, plus a few works of non-fiction) she plays bass for an Elton John tribute band as well as a community jazz band, plus she plays piano for a smaller private jazz band. When she’s not writing or making music (or at her day job) Gail likes to sit back and read a book written by someone else, along with a good cup of hot coffee.

Check out the rest of Gail Sattler’s books at: Gail’s websiteFacebook

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