What is an alternative to thicken the sauce in hamburger helper if you have no milk? *JLH* 12-5-09* :]

If you don't have milk, you may try using flour, cornstarch, or even cream to thicken sauce! They can thicken any kind of sauce!

Try this Homemade Hamburger Helper Recipe shared by divas can cook:


1 lb ground beef or ground turkey (sometimes I use only ½ lb)

½ cup onions, diced

1 tablespoon butter, optional

2 cups milk

1 cup cold water

2 cups elbow macaroni, uncooked

½ teaspoon sugar

1 teaspoon salt or seasoning salt

¼ teaspoon black pepper

¾ teaspoon oregano

¾ teaspoon parsley

¾ garlic powder

½ teaspoon chili powder

1 teaspoon paprika

2 cups cheddar cheese, shredded


  1. Brown ground meat in a skillet over medium heat until almost done.
  2. Add in onions and cook until tender.
  3. Drain meat & onions on paper towels and return to skillet.
  4. Add remaining ingredients except for the cheese.
  5. Stir to combine.
  6. Bring to a boil.
  7. Reduce heat, cover and cook until pasta is tender, about 10 minutes. Stirring occasionally.
  8. Do not over cook pasta. I usually taste check it at 9 minutes.
  9. Remove from heat and stir in cheese. Sauce may be thin.
  10. Let pasta sit to thicken the sauce, meanwhile adjust seasonings if needed.
  11. Serve and enjoy.