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    Homemade Hamburger Helper that is just as easy as the boxed stuff, but tastes way better and is way better for you!

    Homemade Hamburger Helper -just as quick and easy as the boxed stuff, but tastes way better! | countrysidecravings.com

    Homemade Hamburger Helper

    This is probably one of my kids most favorite meals.  I mean they could eat this for breakfast, lunch, snack and dinner.

    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.

    I hate buying things that have an ingredient list full of unpronounceables (is that even a word???).

    A few other easy dishes you may like are: One Pot Pizza Pasta, One Pot Hamburger Stroganoff, and One Pot Italian Sausage and Pasta.

    Homemade Hamburger Helper -just as quick and easy as the boxed stuff, but tastes way better! | countrysidecravings.com

    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 do this all the time with my kids and they hardly notice, especially if the veggies are the same color as the rest of the dish.

    Complete camouflage and I love it!!

    Homemade Hamburger Helper -just as quick and easy as the boxed stuff, but tastes way better! | countrysidecravings.com

    Ingredients for Homemade Hamburger Helper

    • Ground beef
    • Onion
    • Spices: paprika, parsley, garlic powder, cayenne pepper
    • Milk
    • Beef broth
    • Elbow macaroni (and substitute in a similar pasta)
    • Tomato sauce
    • Cheddar cheese (I like to use sharp cheddar)

    Homemade Hamburger Helper -just as quick and easy as the boxed stuff, but tastes way better! | countrysidecravings.com

    What to serve with Homemade Hamburger Helper

    Homemade Hamburger Helper -just as quick and easy as the boxed stuff, but tastes way better! | countrysidecravings.com

    My husband even loves this homemade hamburger helper!!  I love that I can sneak in some vegetables for him to eat as well.

    Shhhh, don’t tell him! 😉  So, if you are in need of some dinner inspo…. you must give this recipe a try.  It’s quick, it’s easy, and it’s a one-pot meal…..it doesn’t get much better than that!!

    4.88 from 41 votes
    Homemade Hamburger Helper
    Prep Time
    5 mins
    Cook Time
    20 mins
    Total Time
    25 mins
     
    Homemade Hamburger Helper -just as quick and easy as the boxed stuff, but tastes way better!
    Course: Main Dish, Pasta
    Cuisine: American
    Keyword: easy hamburger helper, hamburger helper, healthier hamburger helper
    Servings: 6
    Calories: 479 kcal
    Author: Countryside Cravings
    Ingredients
    • 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 elbow macaroni, uncooked
    • 1 (8oz) can tomato sauce
    • 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
    Instructions
    1. 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.
    2. 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.
    3. Stir in cheddar cheese until melted.

    Recipe Video

    Recipe Notes
    1. If using a whole wheat elbow pasta you may need to add in more liquid while cooking.  
    2. This recipe is for elbow pasta if using another type of pasta you may need to adjust liquids.
    3. It is important to drain extra liquids after browning the ground beef.

    What to serve with this Homemade Hamburger Helper:

    • Steamed vegetable of choice
    • Simple side salad
    • Fresh fruit of choice
    • Or buttered bread
    Nutrition Facts
    Homemade Hamburger Helper
    Amount Per Serving
    Calories 479 Calories from Fat 171
    % Daily Value*
    Total Fat 19g 29%
    Saturated Fat 10g 50%
    Cholesterol 92mg 31%
    Sodium 538mg 22%
    Potassium 555mg 16%
    Total Carbohydrates 40g 13%
    Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
    Sugars 5g
    Protein 34g 68%
    Vitamin A 12.8%
    Vitamin C 1.6%
    Calcium 36.5%
    Iron 16%
    * Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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