4.76 from 50 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 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.

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Nutrition Facts
Homemade Hamburger Helper
Amount Per Serving
Calories 479 Calories from Fat 171
% Daily Value*
Fat 19g29%
Saturated Fat 10g63%
Cholesterol 92mg31%
Sodium 538mg23%
Potassium 555mg16%
Carbohydrates 40g13%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 5g6%
Protein 34g68%
Vitamin A 640IU13%
Vitamin C 1.3mg2%
Calcium 365mg37%
Iron 2.9mg16%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.