September 11, 2023Review Recipe
Table of Contents
- What is Hamburger Helper?
- Homemade Hamburger Helper Ingredients
- Hamburger Helper Recipe Substitutions and Additions
- How to make Hamburger Helper
- How to serve Hamburger Helper
- Storing Hamburger Helper
- Easy Homemade Hamburger Helper Recipe
- Homemade Hamburger Helper FAQs
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- JUMP TO RECIPE
This homemade hamburger helper recipe is so much better than the box and it’s just as easy! It has hearty, cheeseburger flavors in pasta form. Plus, you can feel good knowing that it’s homemade with real, healthier ingredients.
Once you’ve enjoyed this dish, you’re sure to want more recipes like it. Both this Cheeseburger Casserole and this Hamburger Casserole offer the same delicious, hearty flavors! We’re sure you’ll love them.
What is Hamburger Helper?
Hamburger helper is a boxed mix of seasonings and noodles that can be mixed with browned ground beef to create a delicious one-pot meal.
Homemade Hamburger Helper Ingredients
You will need:
- 1 lb of lean ground beef
- 1 tablespoon minced garlic
- 4 cups beef broth
- ½ cup water
- 6 oz tomato paste
- 1 tablespoon onion powder
- 2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
- 2 teaspoons smoked paprika
- 2 teaspoons dried parsley
- 1 teaspoon black pepper
- 1 ½ cups elbow macaroni, uncooked
- 2 cups cheddar cheese, shredded
Hamburger Helper Recipe Substitutions and Additions
Pasta: If you don’t have macaroni noodles, you can use any type of small noodle such as penne, bowtie, rotini, or shells.
Ground Beef: 90/10 ground beef is best. If not, try to use 85/15.
Beef Broth: You can use regular or low sodium broth. Alternatively, you can use bouillon cubes as well, but be cautious of the saltiness.
Chili Mac: If you prefer to make this a chili mac, you can remove the Worcestershire sauce and add in 1 teaspoon of cumin powder and ½ teaspoon of cayenne pepper.
How to make Hamburger Helper
STEP ONE: In a large soup pot (4 to 5.5 quart is good), on medium-high heat, brown the ground beef and garlic. Drain any fat or liquid, there won’t be too much if you’re using lean meat.
STEP TWO: When the beef is completely cooked, add the beef broth, water, tomato paste, onion powder, Worcestershire sauce, smoked paprika, dried parsley, and black pepper. Keep the temperature at medium-high heat. It may look like a lot of liquids, but it’s necessary to cook the pasta properly.
STEP THREE: Once the beef mixture reaches a rolling boil, reduce the heat to medium and add the macaroni.
STEP FOUR: Let the elbow macaroni cook for about 20 to 25 minutes. Stir often and make certain the pasta does not stick to the bottom of the pan.
STEP FIVE: Once the noodles are tender, remove the pan from the heat and add the shredded cheese a ½ cup at a time. Stir well after adding each ½ cup.
STEP SIX: Taste the hamburger helper to make certain it is seasoned properly for you and your family. Adjust accordingly.
How to serve Hamburger Helper
Serve hamburger helper as a main course with a salad, sauteed vegetables, or dinner rolls on the side.
Storing Hamburger Helper
IN THE FRIDGE: Leftovers should be stored in an airtight container in the fridge up to 5 days. Be sure to let cool completely before placing in the refrigerator.
IN THE FREEZER: You can also store leftovers in an airtight container and place them in the freezer for up to 3 months.
Easy Homemade Hamburger Helper Recipe
You are going to love the cheesy, hamburger, and macaroni ingredients that make this hamburger helper. There are only six steps to putting this together and you’ll have a dinner that is so filling and delicious. This recipe proves that homemade dinner can be just as easy as a store-bought box!
Homemade Hamburger Helper FAQs
You can freeze cooked hamburger helper in an airtight container for up to 3 months.
You can keep cooked hamburger helper in the fridge for up to 5 days.
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Homemade Hamburger Helper
- 1 lb lean ground beef 90/10 if possible
- 1 tbsp garlic minced
- 4 cup beef broth you can use low sodium
- 1/2 cup water
- 6 oz tomato paste
- 1 tbsp onion powder
- 2 tsp Worcestershire sauce
- 2 tsp smoked paprika
- 2 tsp dried parsley
- 1 tsp black pepper
- 1 1/2 cup elbow macaroni uncooked
- 2 cup cheddar cheese shredded
- In a large soup pot (4 to 5.5 quart is good), on medium-high heat, brown the ground beef and garlic. Drain any fat or liquid (there won’t be much since we’re using lean meat).
- When the beef is completely cooked, add the beef broth, water, tomato paste, onion powder, Worcestershire sauce, smoked paprika, dried parsley and black pepper. Keep the temperature at medium-high heat. (This may look like a lot of fluids, but it is needed to properly cook the pasta)
- Once the beef mixture reaches a rolling boil, reduce the heat to medium.
- Add the elbow macaroni and cook for about 20 to 25 minutes. Stir often and make certain the pasta does not stick to the bottom of the pan.
- Once the noodles are tender, remove the pan from the heat and add the shredded cheese a ½ cup at a time. Stir well after adding each ½ cup.