My mother was too cheap to make anything from a box and I grew up to be a food snob, but my trashy partner insisted we try Hamburger Helper, so this dish was the compromise. Next time I'll read the reviews first. I was out of Thyme (seriously) so I used Italian Seasoning instead, added extra garlic, an extra tbsp of Worcestershire and shredded the veggies instead of pureeing. Loved the appearance and texture, but it was way too bland. Next time I'll do as others have suggested by adding tomato paste, salsa and wine or hot sauce... or even buy that stuff in the box.