My darling (and fairly gourmet) husband admitted in a moment of weakness that he used to eat (and love) hamburger helper. That was until a friend of his explained that it was full of chemicals and preservatives and that he really shouldn't eat it.
Several years later, I found this recipe that we've been calling homemade hamburger helper ever since. I love it because I love anything with great northern/cannellini beans, and Rush just loves it without a reason.
I don't do the whole roasted head of garlic bit because I don't have the time. I'll just throw the garlic and shallots (or a bit of red onion like last night because I ran out and forgot to buy more shallots) when I'm browning the meat. Also, I sometimes use spicy/hot Italian sausage (and then omit the red pepper) or bratwurst (because it has great flavor). Anyway, it's simple, pretty fast, and it makes Rush giggle like a 6 year old getting his favorite meal on a day other than his birthday. That, my friends, is reason enough to try it!