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Better than the box, Homemade Hamburger Helper is a perfect one-pot meal that comes together in under 30 minutes!
This tasty bowl-full of Homemade Hamburger Helper not only comes together quickly and easily, but it only uses one pan! For more weeknight favorites try Kung Pao Chicken, Crock Pot Spaghetti, and Chicken Flautas.
Homemade is the way to go!
“Hamburger Helper” is a boxed food product that General Mills started selling back in the 1970s. It became a popular dinner choice for a couple of reasons.
First, moms didn’t have to use as much meat because the pasta helped fill up hungry bellies. Another reason is that it was a one-pot meal that could be made quickly.
There is something so homey about a good pasta dish, am I right?! It is just so hearty and stick-to-your-bones tasty.
I remember having Hamburger Helper growing up, and it’s one of my childhood favorites, but this homemade version is even better!
PLUS – The kids LOVE this bowl of Homemade Hamburger Helper goodness. It’s even better than the boxed version and is beyond simple to make. It comes together in one pan (a big plus), and in under 30 minutes!
How to Make Hamburger Helper
You will love the flavor of this cheesy sauce, once you go homemade you’ll never go back!
GROUND BEEF. Cook the ground beef in a large skillet over medium-high heat until no longer pink. Drain grease and return meat to the pan.
PASTA. Reduce heat to low and add the ketchup, seasonings, macaroni, and broth to the pan. Stir well to combine.
SIMMER. Cover and simmer for 12-15 minutes until macaroni is cooked through. Remove the pan from the heat and stir in the sour cream.
SERVE. Return the pan to the warm burner and stir in the shredded cheese until well combined. Add any more broth or water, if needed, to make it more creamy. Garnish with fresh parsley.
Cheese. Freshly grated cheese melts better than pre-packaged shredded cheese. Substitute cheddar cheese with a Mexican blend or pepper jack cheese.
Pasta. Small elbow macaroni is what we used for this recipe, but any similarly sized noodle will also work such as cavatappi, rotini, or small shells.
Add more liquid like milk, chicken broth, or water if you feel your pasta is too dry.
Meat. Use ground turkey, ground sausage, or ground chicken in place of ground beef.
Veggies. Add veggies like broccoli, cauliflower florets, or corn.
Spice. Add spice with paprika, chili flakes, or hot sauce.
Serve Homemade Hamburger Helper with:
STORE leftover Homemade Hamburger Helper recipe in an airtight container in the fridge for 2-3 days.
FREEZE in an airtight container in the freezer for 4-6 weeks.
Reheat slowly over low heat on the stove. The pasta will have soaked up some of the moisture. Go ahead and add a little bit of milk to help smooth it out. If you’re in a hurry or on the go, reheat it in the microwave.
For more Pasta Dishes, try:
- Italian Sausage Pasta
- Chicken Bacon Ranch Pasta
- Creamy Garlic Penne Pasta
- Triple Cheddar Chicken Pasta
- Spaghetti Casserole
Hamburger Helper Recipe
- 1 lb ground beef
- 1 tablespoon ketchup
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1 teaspoon onion powder
- 1 teaspoon garlic salt (with parsley flakes)
- 1/2 teaspoon pepper
- 1 1/2 cup macaroni
- 32 oz chicken broth or water
- 1/2 cup sour cream
- 2 cup cheddar cheese shredded
- Cook the ground beef in a large skillet over medium-high heat until no longer pink. Drain grease and return meat to the pan.
- Reduce heat to low and add the ketchup, seasonings, macaroni, and broth to the pan and stir well to combine.
- Cover and simmer for 12-15 minutes until macaroni is cooked through.
- Remove the pan from the heat and stir in the sour cream.
- Return the pan to the warm burner and stir in the shredded cheese until well combined. Add any more broth or water if needed to make it more creamy.
Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.