Homemade Hamburger Helper that is just as easy as the boxed stuff, but tastes way better and is way better for you!
This is probably one of my kids most favorite meals. I mean they could eat this for breakfast, lunch, snack and supper. Along with pancakes, pizza and pb&j. My kids are normal right??
I have never been a fan of the boxed stuff, it’s too salty and it’s full of ingredients I didn’t even know existed.
Honestly, this homemade version is easy and it’s quick. Sure you may have to open a few extra things or chop a few extra veggies. But I’m telling ya it is so worth it!
It takes 25-30 minutes to make this so it’s a great weeknight meal. Add a tossed salad or some steamed veggies and you have a well rounded meal.
Have picky eaters that need to eat more vegetables? Chop some zucchini up really small and add to the hamburger helper. Or add in some frozen peas, finely chopped carrot, whatever you have on hand that you need to disguise.
I promise you that it won’t disappoint and it really isn’t that much harder to make than the stuff from the store.
Homemade Hamburger Helper -just as quick and easy as the boxed stuff, but tastes way better!
5 minPrep Time
20 minCook Time
25 minTotal Time
- 1 pound lean ground beef
- 1 small onion, finely chopped
- 1 teaspoon paprika
- 1 teaspoon dried parsley
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- pinch to 1/2 teaspoon cayenne powder
- salt and pepper to taste
- 1 1/2 cups milk
- 1 1/2 cups beef broth
- 2 cups uncooked macaroni
- 1 (8 oz) can tomato sauce
- 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
- Heat a large skillet over medium heat. Brown the ground beef, onion, paprika, parsley, garlic powder, cayenne powder, salt and pepper. If using a ground beef with a higher fat content add in the seasonings after draining the grease.
- Stir in the milk, broth, macaroni and tomato sauce. Bring to a boil, cover and reduce heat to a simmer. Cook for 10-12 minutes or until pasta is tender. Stir occasionally to prevent sticking.
- Stir in cheddar cheese until melted.
* If using a whole wheat macaroni you may need to add in more liquid while cooking.
* This recipe is for macaroni if using another type of pasta you may need to adjust liquids.
* It is important to drain extra liquids after browning hamburger.