Homemade Hamburger Helper


The homemade version of a classic American ready-meal, and yes it's worth the extra effort



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Homemade Hamburger Helper


  • 1 lb lean ground beef, or ground turkey
  • 1 large yellow onion diced
  • 1 clove garlic minced
  • 2 Tbsp flour
  • 2 cups low-sodium beef broth, or chicken broth
  • 1 8 oz. can tomato sauce
  • 1 tsp Italian seasoning
  • 1 tsp seasoned salt
  • ½ tsp smoked paprika
  • ½ tsp garlic powder
  • 8 oz small pasta shells or elbows
  • ½ cup heavy cream or half and half
  • 2 cups shredded sharp cheddar cheese off the block preferred
  • salt & pepper to taste


  • In a large sauté pan with a lid, brown the ground meat over medium high heat. Remove cooked ground meat from pan and set aside, reserving 2 tablespoons of grease in the pan.
  • Lower the heat to medium and add the onion. Cook the onion until soft, about 5 minutes. Add the garlic for the last 30 seconds.
  • Add the flour and stir to cook for about 1 minute, slowly stir in the beef broth and bring the mixture to a boil.
  • Pour in the tomato sauce, Italian seasoning, seasoned salt, smoked paprika, garlic powder and pasta, stirring to combine. Bring to a simmer, cover with lid and cook for 12 to 15 minutes or until pasta is tender, stirring occasionally.
  • Add in the cream and cheese and stir until all the cheese melted. Add back in ground beef, cook for 2 to 3 minutes more to re-heat ground beef.
  • Serve warm!


Recipe inspired by The Novice Chef
Course: Dinner
Region: North America
Keyword: Crowd-pleaser


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