Homemade Hamburger Helper

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???).

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

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 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!!

4.86 from 34 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
  • 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
  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 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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  • ace1891 wrote:

    Growing up, I looked forward to having Hamburger Helper! Of course at the time I did not know how unhealthy it was. I just made this today and it tastes just like it, except better! I used whole wheat macaroni and it turned out fine without the need for extra liquid. Also, instead of broth, I used consomme. Thank you for the recipe!

    • Malinda wrote:

      I am so glad you liked it!! Thank you so much for commenting!!

      • Iman wrote:

        I just made it and doubled the recipe and used Mozarella cheese. Used veggetta powder for stock, and powdered milk mixed in water.i was just out of the originals and It was amazing. Thank you so much for sharing such a keeper recipe. And since I used instant pot pressure cooker, it took 5 minutes to cook!

        • Malinda wrote:

          Wow, that’s great!! I am so glad you liked it!! I may have to get an instant pot one of these days! 🙂

          • Iman Ali wrote:

            You won’t regret it, the best investment I’ve ever made, I bought two and I use them daily.

          • Dianna Engelhaupt wrote:

            How did you make the meat using the pressure cooker, did you brown it first on the stove then put it the cooker with the macaroni and othere ingredients or everything in it meat raw and all?

          • Malinda wrote:

            Hi Dianna, I don’t have experience using an instant pot or pressure cooker so I don’t really feel I could answer that question, sorry! Thanks for asking though! 🙂

          • Malinda wrote:

            Thanks Iman Ali! I will definitely have to consider getting one!! 🙂

        • Dianna wrote:

          When you did it in the pressure pot, did you cook the hamburger first on the skillet before using the pot?

          • Robyn wrote:

            The Instant Pot pressure cooker has a sauté feature, so you brown the meat in the IP before adding the other ingredients.

        • Freda wrote:

          When you used rhe pressure cooker did you brown your meat first?

      • Steve wrote:

        I live in Chiang Mai Thailand. Believe it or not we are getting some record cold weather (49F lol). This reminded me of years ago yet a lot more healthy and fun to make. Great dish for on the go folks that want something to heat up when getting home.

        I added an additional whole onion, carrot and chopped potato from the market. Mixed in a northern Thai spice sauce as well (bit less then 1 oz, liquid). There is no brand, I grabbed it at a local noodle shop i dine at often. End of they day, a great dish thanks to your effort to post and share.

        Look forward to more

        • Malinda wrote:

          I am so glad you were able to enjoy this and adapt it! Thank you so much for sharing your comment!!

      • Karri wrote:

        Same here! I loved it as a kid! Thank you for this recipe, I’ve now made it several times and we all LOVE it!

        • Malinda wrote:

          You are so welcome and I’m so glad you enjoy it as much as we do!! 🙂

      • lori wrote:

        my grandson loves this and it’s quick , esp great on a worknigh and my husband even makes it sometimes , bonus

        • Malinda wrote:

          I’m so glad you enjoyed this! And yes it is perfect for those busy nights!

    • Leener wrote:

      I just tried this recipe for the first time and it turned out amazing! So yummy!! I wasn’t sure how it would thicken up so I added a bit of cornstarch, and a bit of Parmesan, Dijon and baked it with cheese. I’m never making boxed stuff again! Delish! Thanks for the recipe.

      • Malinda wrote:

        I love the ideas of the Parmesan and Dijon. Thank you for leaving a comment and I’m so glad you enjoyed it!!

    • Leola wrote:

      OMG!! This recipe was awesome! Very easy and yummy!! Thanks 🤗

      • Malinda wrote:

        Thank you so much and I am so glad you liked it!! 🙂

  • Kimberly wrote:

    Hi Malinda, I came across your recipe on Pinterest trying to find a healthier version instead of the boxed kind. My family absolutely loved it! I’ve made a few different versions and yours is by far the best. My husband, a very picky eater, had several servings. Looking forward to trying more of your recipes.

    • Malinda wrote:

      Thank you so much for your wonderful comment and I’m so glad you liked it!!

  • Gloria wrote:

    Hi Malinda,
    I want to Thank you for sharing your recipe.
    I have picky eaters and this recipe was a keeper!!
    The taste was incredible!
    I had a stress free dinner today!

    Thank you

    • Malinda wrote:

      Thank you so much for your comment, Gloria!!! I am so happy you enjoyed it and yes stress free dinners with kiddos are so nice!! 🙂

  • Laura wrote:

    I grew up on hamburger helper but haven’t had it in years because the box stuff is so bad for you. I couldn’t believe how similar this tasted! Great recipe. I used whole wheat noddles and needed to add an extra 1/2 cup of beef broth.

    • Malinda wrote:

      I’m so pleased you liked it!! And thanks for sharing about your experience using whole wheat noodles!!

  • Beatrice wrote:

    Oh God I really love macaroni!

  • Jen wrote:

    This is absolutely delicious!! A couple months ago I was really craving hamburger helper (weird I know), and I figured there had to be a homemade recipe out there. Oh gosh I’m thankful I found this! My husband asks for it all the time! I’ve made several times in the last couple months, and I’m making it right now! So thank you!!

    • Malinda wrote:

      Thank you so very much for your comment, Jen!! It just made my day!!! 🙂

  • Kathryn Daines wrote:

    This looks great! One question… do you think it would freeze well? I’m looking for some dinners that I can make in advance, freeze and just pop in the oven after work. Thanks!

    • Malinda wrote:

      I haven’t froze this particular dish but ones similar without a problem. Thanks for asking and let me know how it turns out!! 🙂

  • Mandy wrote:

    This stuff was awesome! We have it regularly. I will say that it is MUCH better to cook meat with onion and spices even if using higher fat meat.

    • Malinda wrote:

      I am so pleased that you liked it!!! Thanks, Mandy 🙂

  • Jeannine wrote:

    Can I use almond milk instead of milk? Will it taste weird? Would I use the same amount?

    • Jen wrote:

      In my experience with doing things dairy free for my daughter, we used almond milk in every recipe calling for milk and it didn’t make any difference. You would switch it out for exact amount. The only thing it might not do is thicken it as much. But it will still taste good! Hope that helps!

      • Malinda wrote:

        I want to thank you so much for taking the time to answer Jeannine’s question. I don’t have a lot of experience with almond milk so this really helped me out, thanks again!!!

      • Jeannine wrote:

        Hi! I tried this tonight and it was delicious. Even without the cheese it’s good. I didn’t have ground beef so I used ground sausage and it was super tasty!!! Thank you Jen and Malinda!

        • Malinda wrote:

          Yeah!!! I am so glad it turned out for you!!!

    • Malinda wrote:

      Thank you for your question. I haven’t substituted almond milk for milk in many recipes, however Jen has a wonderful comment on this subject if you wouldn’t mind reading her comment just below yours. Hope that helps and thanks again! 🙂

  • Sally wrote:

    This was soo good! I substituted ground turkey because it was on sale & next time I might use a little less cheese but, this was really yummy. We had it last week and it’s on next weeks menu again. Can’t wait to try more of your recipes!

    • Malinda wrote:

      I’m so glad you enjoyed it!! I’ll have to make it with ground turkey next time! 🙂

  • amanda wrote:

    I NEVER comment on recipes that I find via Pinterest. I HAD to comment on this one. What a delicious meal and so similar to the boxed meal I remember from my childhood. The family loved it. Thank you!

    • Malinda wrote:

      I am so glad you enjoyed it!! And thank you so much for commenting, it really made my day!!

  • Aisha wrote:

    I never comment but man your recipe was delicious! Thanks for sharing. I improvised and used what I had a bit of tomato paste left and fresh Roma tomatoes cut up with zucchini other than that everything was the same. It’s a hit with the family and of course it’s a proud mommy moment for me. Thank you.

    • Malinda wrote:

      Thank you so much for your kind comment!!! I am so glad that you and your family enjoyed this, it’s definitely one of our favorites! Thanks again!!

  • Carolyn Piazza wrote:

    Just stumbled upon this on pinterest and made it tonight. Awesome! I used ground turkey because that’s what I had and adobo to season the turkey. Everything else remained the same. I *may* have put in extra cheese. 😉 So super easy!!!! It’s delicious!

    • Malinda wrote:

      I am so happy that you liked it!!! The turkey with adobo sauce sounds delicious and extra cheese is never a bad thing!! 🙂

  • Kat wrote:

    We are on a week where we have to scrounge for stuff in our cabinets to make. Luckily, I had all the things your recipe asked for. I was scared for a second because I didn’t have beef broth, but I did have beef bouillon cubes. It’s making now and I am excited. Smells so good.

    • Malinda wrote:

      I have been there! So glad you had the ingredients and great save with the beef bouillon!! Hope you enjoy!

  • Faith wrote:

    sharp cheddar? Or would mild work too?

    • Malinda wrote:

      Yes, mild would work great! I hope you enjoy!

  • Elizabeth wrote:

    What can I use in place of tomatoes sauce. I thought I had some but I dont. 🙁

    • Malinda wrote:

      You can use 4 oz of tomato paste mixed with 4 oz of water. If you don’t have tomato paste you can blend 1 cup of canned tomatoes you could also try canned tomato soup. Hope that helps. 🙂

  • Rae wrote:

    I have never made a recipe this much from Pinterest! I LOVE it! Perfect comfort food!! I have made it so many times I cant en count! Thank you so much! My husband devours it as well!

    • Malinda wrote:

      Lol, thank you so much! Your comment just made my day!!! 🙂

  • Dina G wrote:

    Do you think it would be okay to substitute the beef broth for chicken broth?

    • Malinda wrote:

      Yes that would be just fine! It will give it a slightly less beefy flavor. Hope you enjoyed!

  • Karen wrote:

    So delicious!! I used ground turkey and chicken stock that was leftover from a chicken I roasted yesterday. Everything else was as is written in the recipe. My picky 12 year old loved it too! Thank you for sharing.

    • Malinda wrote:

      I am so glad you enjoyed this!!! And great substitutions!! 🙂

  • Susie smith wrote:

    Do you use a whole pound of dried pasta?

    • Malinda wrote:

      No, you will need to measure out 2 cups of dry macaroni. I hope you enjoy!

  • Jennifer Post wrote:

    What could you substitute the cayenne pepper with, if anything?

    • Malinda wrote:

      You can just leave it out if you prefer. It just gives it a little something extra but nothing really noticeable. My kiddos don’t even notice it. Hope you enjoy!! 🙂

      • Jennifer Post wrote:

        Great! Thank you so much! Making for the first time tonight.. 🙂

        • Malinda wrote:

          No problem, happy to help! 🙂

  • Tiffany wrote:

    Looks so yummy i am gonna try tho this for sure tonight
    Feel kinda weird to ask this lol but im not sure to understand do you boil pasta in the regular way just in water or do you boil it in the broth tomato mix ????
    Sorry for the dumd question ..:/ im confused lol

    • Malinda wrote:

      No question is a dumb question! You will put the uncooked pasta in with the broth tomato mixture to cook. Thanks for asking and I hope you enjoy! 🙂

      • Tiffany wrote:

        Thx sooo much ?

        • Malinda wrote:

          You’re quite welcome!!!

          • Brandi wrote:

            Making this for the first time tonight as my son wants HH and I know how bad boxed stuff is for you. I am excited to make with all the great comments! Will let you know how it turns out 🙂

          • Malinda wrote:

            Thanks, Brandi! I hope you enjoyed it! 🙂

  • Jenn wrote:

    I added some worchestershire sauce and a sprinkling of low sodium fajita mix as I found it needed some more pow. Those additions really help with the flavour.

    • Malinda wrote:

      Great ideas! Thank you for your comment! 🙂

  • Cynthia wrote:

    I made this recipe for the first time last week. My husband requested me to make it again tonight. I guess it’s his favorite now. Lol

    • Malinda wrote:

      Lol, I am so glad that he liked it!! 🙂

  • Erin wrote:

    Made this tonight and everyone liked it. He likes Hambuger Helper, I don’t. This made everyone happy. I did only use about 1.5 cups of cheese. it was still very cheesy.

    • Malinda wrote:

      I am so glad you enjoyed this!!! Thanks for commenting! 🙂

  • Pollyann wrote:

    I’ve already made this multiple times. So ridiculously easy and yummy!!

    • Malinda wrote:

      Thank you so much!! It’s one of our favorites!!

  • Kandice wrote:

    Has anyone tried this recipe using ground turkey? Wondering if that would change the taste much or? Have some out so wanted to make this recipe for dinner 🙂

    • Malinda wrote:

      There are a couple of readers who used ground turkey and really enjoyed it. Let me know how you like it! Thanks for asking!

    • Erin wrote:

      I have used ground turkey breast twice. I thought it turned out pretty tasty.

      • Malinda wrote:

        Thank you and I am so glad that you liked it!! 🙂

  • Kendra wrote:

    Hi! This sounds so yummy and a perfect dinner for a bunch of teenagers! I am a youth Pastors wife and I cook for a group of teenagers every week so I am always on the look out for dinners that are easy and something they will enjoy. The only problem is that I need to quadruple this batch (at least) Do you think it will require more cooking time or change how it will come out? I usually prepare things that go in the oven.. so i am trying to decide if I can make this work. I was thinking about using large pots and doubling each one? Any suggestions or thoughts?

    • Malinda wrote:

      I double this all the time for my family with no problems and I think putting 2 double batches in two pots would be great! I just taste test a noodle at the end of the suggested cooking time and sometimes it has to cook for an extra couple of minutes. I haven’t made this in the oven but you could certainly keep it warm in the oven. Let me know how it turns out for you! 🙂

  • Kendra wrote:

    Thanks for the reply! I will give it a try tonight!

  • Gabriella Tonini wrote:

    I’m making it now.I think it will be tasty. I’ m using a regular pot , what’s the point of using a pressure cooker for this recipe ? It’s amazing how many crazy ideas people have.

  • Diane wrote:

    I have no milk,so what can I use instead.

    • Malinda wrote:

      You could use all beef broth. Hope you enjoy!

      • Diane wrote:

        Thank you…Will be making this tonight…

  • Léa T. Giroux wrote:

    It’s been a while since have had the boxed Hamburger Helper, so I can’t compare to it, but this recipe is so good! Quick, easy and cheap to do! My bf and I ate it 5 nights in a row, and no complains at all! D-E-L-I-C-I-O-U-S

    • Malinda wrote:

      Thank you so much!! This is one of my family’s favorite meals and I love that it is really easy! Thanks again! 🙂

  • Michel wrote:

    I absolutely love it! Much better then the boxed stuff. I can control the amount of sodium. I’m not using pre-packaged prcessed chemical added ingredients. And it’s not expensive to make. And it took the same time to make as the store bought.

    • Malinda wrote:

      Thank you so much Michel! It is one of our favorite meals!

  • Stephanie Powell wrote:

    I got confused and I cooked the pasta first – it is pretty watery! Is that why?

    • Malinda wrote:

      Yes, the pasta needs to cook with everything in the pan and it will soak up all that liquid.

  • Theresa Goudy wrote:

    Malinda, I love this recipe. I liked hamburger helper growing up, but this way better than the cheeseburger macaroni! I use gluten free macaroni and it turns out great!

  • Kristin wrote:

    This looks so delicious, I am planning on making it this week for dinner. I was wondering around how much you’d say a serving is?

    • Malinda wrote:

      I am taking a bit of a guess just because I haven’t measured it out precisely. But I would say about 1 1/2 cups. Hope that helps.

      • Kristin wrote:

        It does, thank you! I’m so excited to try it. 🙂

        • Malinda wrote:

          You’re welcome! I hope you enjoy! 🙂

  • Shannin wrote:

    Wow! This recipe is definitely a keeper. I have made it several times and we never have leftovers. Kids fight over the last of it. Thank you for sharing!

    • Malinda wrote:

      LOL, same here!! Thank you so much and I am glad you enjoyed! 🙂

  • Emily wrote:

    Made this with ground turkey and Gluten-Free pasta instead and it’s great! I used more milk and broth to compensate for the pasta and the dehydrated onions I used (I was out of fresh *tear*). I also added a bit of parmesan. Thanks!!

    • Malinda wrote:

      Love your substitutes!! I’m glad you enjoyed it!! Thanks, Emily!

  • Kimberly wrote:

    Made this tonight ! And it was a hit!!! My husband, who grew up on hamburger helper, loved it!!! Had two helpings. Tasted much like the box, but much better. I usually have all ingredients on hand, so this is a great go to meal. Will definitely make it again. Thanks !!

    • Malinda wrote:

      Thank you so much Kimberly!! It is definitely one of our favorite meals!

  • Lissie wrote:

    I cooked the pasta before fully reading the instructions. Whoops! I still managed to make the yummy dish as intended 🙂 For anyone who jumped the gun like I did: I omitted the beef broth portion of the recipe and instead added one cube of veggie buillion (about two tbsp or less) to the mixture for the flavor. I figured since I already cooked the pasta, I no longer needed all the broth to absorb into the pasta. I followed the rest of the instructions as normal–bring pot with all ingredients (minus cheese) to a boil and then cover as it simmers with occasional stirring. The cheese at the end brought it to the desired creaminess. Delish! Will make it the right way next time to save me some time lol

    • Malinda wrote:

      Hey no problem, it happens to all of us! Great job improvising and thanks for including what you did to change it!! Thanks again!!

  • Arleny Alvarez-Peña wrote:

    Made this for the 2nd time today. Delish! I used smoked paprika and super sharp cheese. So tasty and filling. Thanks for this recipe it is on my rotation list.

    • Malinda wrote:

      Thank you very much!! I’ll have to try the smoked paprika sometime!!

  • Ashley wrote:

    Does anyone know where to find the nutritional information on this recipe? Specifically the Carbs/Protein/Fat per serving.

    • Malinda wrote:

      I am sorry I don’t have this available for you. I am hoping to add this in the future. Thanks!

  • Abby wrote:

    Made this tonight and it was amazing! My husband loves hamburger helper, I’m not a huge fan but decided to give this a try. I think it’s so much better than the nasty box kind. I used freshly minced garlic instead of garlic powder, and added just a little cream cheese in with the cheddar. Will definitely be making again!

    • Malinda wrote:

      Thank you so much for your comment!! I am so glad you enjoyed, it’s definitely one of our favorites!! 🙂

  • Laura wrote:

    I’m a college student with a busy schedule and I loved this recipe! Not only was it quick and easy, but I didn’t get sick of eating the leftovers. I added zucchini as suggested and would recommend it.

    Thanks for the great recipe!

    • Malinda wrote:

      I am so glad you like it!!! And awesome job for taking the time to cook during college!! I remember those years 😉

  • Shannon wrote:

    This recipe was fantastic! I am lactose intolerant, so I substituted the milk and cheese with almond milk and Cabot sharp cheddar cheese and it turned out wonderful! Definitely a repeat. I did go through the comments and see someone asked about freezing. Can any leftovers be frozen? I am always looking for easy recipes like this that I can easily sub out dairy products without the hassle! Thank you so much for sharing this!

    • Malinda wrote:

      I am so glad you enjoyed this and thank you so much for sharing your substitutions!! I have not frozen this myself but I don’t see why you couldn’t. I have frozen other similar pasta dishes and they come out just fine. Thanks again!

  • Hollie wrote:

    I just tried this recipe with gluten free elbow macaroni and it was amazing! Thanks so much!!

    • Malinda wrote:

      I am so glad this worked for you!! Thank you for your comment!! 🙂

  • Payt wrote:

    Do i have to use beef broth or can i use chicken ? my boyfriend doesn’t eat beef ..?

    • Malinda wrote:

      Sure chicken broth would be fine. Hope you enjoy!

  • Sarah wrote:

    This was awesome. I browned beef and onion in my Instant Pot and then added everything else. I didn’t have tomato sauce so I used part of a can of tomato soup (condensed). Cooked for 5-6 minutes. It was awesome! I’m definitely making again!

    • Malinda wrote:

      I am so glad you enjoyed this!! And thank you for sharing your comment about using the instant pot!

  • Rebecca wrote:

    I make this all the time and we love it, I was wondering though if it would make much difference to substitute milk for heavy cream as that’s what I have.

    • Malinda wrote:

      I’m so glad you enjoy this as much as we do!! Maybe use only 1/2- 3/4 cup cream and replace the rest with extra beef broth. It might be a little too rich to replace all of the milk with heavy cream. Thanks again!! 🙂

  • Heidi wrote:

    My nephew found this recipe for us to try tonight, and we all loved it! I tried,it as-is because I like,to do that the first time,around. Will definitely keep this recipe in rotation. Thanks so much for sharing it.

    • Malinda wrote:

      I am so glad you liked it!! It is one of our favorites!! 🙂

  • Grace wrote:

    I️ halved this recipe for two people and had leftovers. It tasted great! Used chicken broth instead of beef because that’s all that was in the fridge. Next time might try it with some chopped tomatoes and chilis. Thanks for the recipe. Delicious!

    • Malinda wrote:

      I’m so glad you enjoyed this!! I have made it with chopped tomatoes and chilies before and we really enjoyed it! 🙂

  • Danielle wrote:

    Love love love this recipe I substituted tomato sauce for diced petite tomatoes, beef broth for chicken, I used ground turkey and gluten free noodles. My stepson is severly autistic and doesn’t eat much and he actually ate the entire helping I gave him so it was a definite win, making it again tonight.

  • Mary Lewis wrote:

    Can you use Velveteen cheese instead of cheddar cheese

    • Malinda wrote:

      I have not tried Velveeta in this recipe but I don’t see why you couldn’t! Thanks and I hope you enjoy!

  • Theresa wrote:

    Made this tonight and it was amazing!!! My kid is picky and she gobbled it up. Definitely will be a staple in our house. 😊

    • Malinda wrote:

      Yay!! I am so glad you enjoyed this meal! It’s one of our favorites. 🙂

  • Sheila wrote:

    I just came across your recipe on Pinterest a couple of hours ago and decided to make it on a whim. It was really yummy and both my hubby and picky son liked it too. I used gluten free pasta because the hubby can’t have wheat and added a can of kidney beans for more protein and cooked it in my Instant Pot on high for 5 min. It’s a keeper..

    • Malinda wrote:

      I am so glad you liked it!! And thank you for leaving your comment and how you cooked it in your Instant Pot! I’m hoping to get one myself soon. 🙂

  • Nicole wrote:

    I tried to keep this to the recipe but I didn’t have beef broth or tomato sauce. Also had to make it gluten and lactose free. With all of that said it came out delicious! Used chicken broth but added worrchestire sauce. Added an extra cup of water and almost a full can of tomato paste, used gluten free pasta and lactose free milk and cheese. Will make this again for sure!

    • Malinda wrote:

      I am so glad you were able to make this gluten-free and thank you so much for leaving a comment!! I love hearing everyone’s adaptations and I’m so glad you enjoyed it!!

  • Sarah wrote:

    Fantastic. Love an easy recipe you can make on the fly. Will become a new regular around here. Thank you!

    • Malinda wrote:

      Thank you so much Sarah!! Can never have enough easy meals!

  • Amy wrote:

    Love this version of homemade hamburger helper. Tweaked the recipe slightly, doubled the seasonings since others commented that it was bland and added 2 onions instead of 1. Will definitely make this again.

    • Malinda wrote:

      I’m so glad you liked it and thank you for your comment!! 🙂

  • Crystal wrote:

    i am making this right now. I was a little wary as my sauce looked way more red…but. 5 min later it was the color I’m used to in hamburger helper. I had to use beefy mushroom broth but end result is a hit! Thanks for this recipe.

    • Malinda wrote:

      I’m glad this turned out ok for you and so glad you enjoyed it! Thank you! 🙂

  • Lara Ziade wrote:

    This is delicious! And so easy to make!! Simply loved and the husband also!
    This going to be a regular in our menu

    • Malinda wrote:

      Yay!! I am so glad you enjoyed this!! Thanks for commenting! 🙂

  • Erica Fee wrote:

    So yummy! I’m pregnant and have been craving hamburger helper but my conscience wouldn’t let me buy the boxed junk! This tasted almost exactly the same, just less salty and more healthful. I added diced zucchini to mine and served w a green salad. Very very good!

    • Malinda wrote:

      Thank you so much and I’m so glad you enjoyed the recipe!! I love sneaking in extra veggies as well!!

  • Samantha Miller wrote:

    This was so amazing. I had to make a few substitutions based on what I had in the fridge/pantry, but my kids and husband liked it. I used turkey meat and almond milk. I didn’t have any paprika, so that got left out. I didn’t have any broth so I used water, and I didn’t have any tomato sauce, so I used a can of tomato soup and cut the water by 1/2 cup. I used carrots, bell pepper, onion, onion powder, garlic powder and parsley. Despite all my changes, it was still great and my husband thought it was even better (and much healthier) than the box. We will definitely be making this again.

    • Malinda wrote:

      That is so awesome you were able to adapt the recipe to what you had on hand!! That is how I like to cook most days!! Thank you so much for your comment! 🙂

  • Tequila Taylor wrote:

    This was so freaking good!!! My picky kids loved it!! I will never cook boxed hamburger helper again!! Thank you for this recipe!!

    • Malinda wrote:

      That’s awesome!! I am so glad you enjoyed it!! Thank you so much for commenting!! 🙂

  • Stefanie wrote:

    This recipe is awesome! I was making the shopping list for the week and asked my husband what he was wanted to eat for supper this week. He said hamburger helper. We’re living in the Netherlands where there is no hamburger helper. 😉 It was the perfect comfort food and I’ll definitely be making it again.

    • Malinda wrote:

      That’s awesome!! I am so glad you enjoyed the Hamburger Helper and thank you!! Have a great weekend! 🙂

  • Rachel wrote:

    I am typing this as I eat… this recipe is so so good! The only modification I did was I used jarred tomato sauce instead of canned because I just didn’t have any. My husband is on his second helping so that’s a good sign! Thanks for the recipe!

    • Malinda wrote:

      I am so glad you enjoyed the Hamburger Helper!! It’s one of our family favorites!! Thanks for leaving your comment! 🙂

  • Rae Dawn wrote:

    Hi Malinda I really would like to make this recipe but my daughter is dairy free. Do you have any ide what I could substitute instead of milk? Thanks so much

    • Malinda wrote:

      Hi Rae!! So sorry I didn’t get back to you sooner!! I don’t have experience with dairy free cooking but I know there are some readers that have made this dairy free. If you read the comments they explain what they have done. Thank you for asking!! 🙂

      • Gabriella wrote:

        Don’t people know there’s Lactaid or Coconut to almond milk? They are all lactose free.

  • Alys_B wrote:

    Tastier than in my childhood memories! Quick, easy and delicious!

    • Malinda wrote:

      That’s great!!! So glad you enjoyed this recipe and thanks for commenting!! 🙂

  • Miranda Hanuse wrote:

    I don’t know what I did wrong. Mine was pretty bland so I added an unhealthy amount of beef powder stock, some extra paprika and some more garlic powder. Was ok but it doesn’t taste like what I was expecting. Bummer.

    • Laura wrote:

      I was beginning to think I was the only one. It was super easy to make, but the flavor is lacking. Maybe a little bit of salt would solve it?

      • Nicole wrote:

        Worrchestire sauce

  • Corey wrote:

    This was delicious! I made it vegetarian by substituting cooked lentils for the ground beef. My picky toddler and meat-eating husband loved it! My toddler kept saying “yummy”! This is a keeper. Thanks!

    • Malinda wrote:

      Wow, that’s so awesome you were able to make this into a vegetarian meal!! I have heard about substituting with lentils but I haven’t tried it yet and clearly I need to give it a try next time!! Thank you!

  • Priscila wrote:

    I cooked the recipe and my husband loved it

    • Malinda wrote:

      I am so glad you liked it!! Thanks Priscila!! 🙂

  • Diana wrote:

    I’ve made this so many times I almost have the recipe memorized. My family loves it and I can hardly stop my boys from licking the bowls! Great recipe and easy to do. Glad my boys get to grow up eating this classic and not realizing it’s a healthier version. I also usually add either a cup of frozen peas or a cut up zucchini.

    • Malinda wrote:

      Lol, same here! I make it so much I have it memorized and I love hiding veggies in it! Thanks Diana and I am so happy your family enjoys this recipe too!!

  • Sarah wrote:

    I found this recipe on Wednesday and have now made it twice! What a hit! I used gluten free shells (as I did not have macaroni on hand) and simmered for 15 minutes because of the noodles. Worked wonderfully.

    • Malinda wrote:

      I am so glad you liked it and were able to adjust to suit your needs!! Thanks for sharing!! 🙂

  • blue wrote:

    i would love it if this was a no cheese extravaganza kinda meal. i think cheese ruins a good meal. i would love to make this but it doesnt remind me of the beef pasta by hamburger helper. i just wanted a healthier version but i just cant find it.

  • Jani wrote:

    I don’t eat beef, so I made it with ground turkey and chicken broth. I think it’s delicious…not sure if my beef eating friends will appreciate the substitute lol ty for sharing this recipe though….hubby LOVES hamburger helper! It’s always nice to find a healthy alternative!

    • Malinda wrote:

      I think your changes sound great!! I’m glad you liked the hamburger helper, it’s a family favorite of ours! Thanks Jani!!

  • Nicole W wrote:

    So I have another helper knockoff recipe that I use for filler days in my rotation. It’s easy and I always have the stuff on hand. It’s getting unpinned and replaced with this. Turned out wonderful and it was so fast to make. One pot easy clean up and looks like it will reheat well tomorrow for lunch.

    • Malinda wrote:

      Thank you so much Nicole!! I am so glad you liked it!! 🙂

  • Marie wrote:

    I made HH when first married and while we liked it, I knew I could cook better. Weird that my husband commented the other day that he missed HH. I haven’t cooked it for about 18 years. So I was happy to give this a try. I subbed ground turkey and chicken broth since I cannot have beef. I also used whole wheat elbows and did not need to adjust liquids. I just lowered the heat to cook longer. Tastes great! He will be happy to eat it and I’m happy I know what’s in it. Thanks for sharing!

    • Malinda wrote:

      Thank you so much for sharing!! I love your substitutions and I’m glad you guys enjoyed it!! 🙂

  • Patti wrote:

    Fantastic recipe! Hits the spot for comfort food and as a quick, inexpensive meal. Also love how flexible it is with swapping out ingredients. Whole family is excited when I say this is on the menu. 🙂 Thanks so much for sharing it!

    • Malinda wrote:

      Thank you very much Patti!! 🙂

  • Crystal wrote:

    This was delicious! I have been craving hamburger helper but will not buy the boxed stuff. Used all organic everything and turned out so yummy! Thank you!

    • Malinda wrote:

      I am so glad you liked it!! It’s one of our favorites!! 🙂

  • Housewife for Life wrote:

    I browned meat with chopped onion & minced garlic. Cut garlic powder to 1/4 tsp. Sprinkled a bit of cayenne pepper. Incorporated 2 cups of beef broth (may want to add additional 1/4-1/2 cup of milk–the recipe definitely needs more liquid for Creamette elbow macaroni). My husband said it was too tomato-y, so when using tomato paste (recipe calls for tomato sauce OOPS!) cut back to 4oz. I added shredded triple cheddar cheese. Even my toddler enjoyed it–she had 2 helpings! I’ve even shared recipe with a friend because husband loves Hamburger Helper but she refuses to make it due to all the processing/preservatives.

    • Malinda wrote:

      Thank you so much for sharing your modifications!! I really appreciate it and I’m so glad you enjoyed it!! 🙂

  • Susan G wrote:

    OMG, knock your sox off good! made this twice all ready, even my Dogs love it,LOL…thanks for sharing, definitely a staple dish from now on!!!

    • Malinda wrote:

      Thank you so much!! I’m so glad you like it!! 🙂

  • Gretta wrote:

    Hi I just wanted to say thank you for this recipe it was delicious! I actually added mushrooms to it and it turned out amazing. With some garlic bread on the side, I can’t stop eating it!

    • Malinda wrote:

      Oooh, mushrooms would be a great addition!! I’m going to try that next time!! Thank you and I’m so glad you enjoyed it! 🙂

  • Teresa wrote:

    Found your recipe on Pinterest searching for something new to do with ground beef. It’s a winner and a keeper! Halved the recipe for 3 servings instead of 6 , used brown rice elbow noodles for a gluten-free version and had to simmer longer than called for til the noodles were tender. Both of us had 2 helpings and had enough left over for one lunch serving the next day. It was remarkably tasty like the boxed product but GF. Thanks for sharing!

    • Malinda wrote:

      Thank you so much!! I’m so glad you enjoyed the hamburger helper and thank you so much for sharing how you made it with GF noodles!!

  • RRIch wrote:

    Anyone have a recipe for the Chicken Helper that had chicken, rice and mushrooms?

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