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Homemade Hamburger Helper

You are going to love the cheesy, hamburger, and macaroni ingredients that make this hamburger helper.
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 35 mins
Total Time 40 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Servings 8
Calories 323 kcal


  • 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 1/2 cup at a time. Stir well after adding each 1/2 cup.


Calories: 323kcalCarbohydrates: 26gProtein: 25gFat: 13gSaturated Fat: 7gCholesterol: 65mgSodium: 846mgPotassium: 595mgFiber: 2gSugar: 4gVitamin A: 854IUVitamin C: 6mgCalcium: 237mgIron: 3mg