This recipe *did* taste like homemade Hamburger Helper. (For those of you who enjoy reading about my misadventures in the kitchen, did you know that I was once unaware that you had to add your own ground beef to Hamburger Helper? Yep, I thought it came with dehydrated meat in it or something.)
Spoiler: the secret ingredient in this recipe is hot dog relish. Strangely enough, we already had a small jar of it in our refrigerator. I do NOT like relish on my hot dogs, so I have NO idea why we had it floating around. It tastes good in this recipe though!
We doubled the original recipe because it was easier to buy and use a full box of pasta noodles, one pound of ground beef, etc. Doubling the recipe resulted in a ton of food though, so we froze a few portions for later.
Here’s a picture of my skillet cheeseburger pasta (actually, this was Corner’s bowl because I had already started eating mine before I remembered I wanted to take a photo):