If you grew up eating hamburger helper, then you will love this homemade version. It’s easy and delicious!
Sometimes we all want those nostalgic foods that we enjoy as kids. If you never grew up eating hamburger helper, well, you will still love this recipe. Both kids and adults love it and can make a weeknight dinner that much easier, plus one pot pastas aren’t called one pot wonders for nothing!
We love that this recipe uses real cheeses and a lean grass-fed beef.
How to make homemade hamburger helper
- Brown the beef. Heat a large cast iron skillet over medium heat. Brown the ground beef. Add onion powder, paprika, chili powder, mustard powder, oregano, garlic powder, salt and pepper.
- Add sauce. Stir in the broth, pasta, and tomato sauce. Bring to a boil, cover and reduce heat to a simmer.
- Cook. Cook for 12-14 minutes or until pasta is tender. Stir occasionally to prevent sticking.
- Cheese. Stir in heavy cream and cheese until the pasta is nice and creamy.
What kind of pasta to use
Any small shape pasta works well for this. A classic hamburger helper uses an elbow pasta. We found a Campanelle pasta and thought it is a fun one to try!
Tips for making this the BEST hamburger helper recipe!
Adjust the broth. The liquid really comes down to personal preference. Some like the pasta really saucy, while others like it dry. Feel free to add an extra splash or water or broth to get it to your desired consistency.
Substitutions for broth. If you do not want to use broth at all, water works just as well.
Cheese. Grab a block of cheese, and freshly grate it! It makes a big difference. Pre-grated cheese usually has anti-caking agents, which causes the cheese to curdle.
Season. Taste and adjust the seasonings to your liking.
Reheating. Leftover pasta is really easy to reheat. It always needs some sort of liquid to help loosen things up. Broth, or water are great options.
How to reheat pasta in the microwave ?
Make sure that the pasta is in a microwave safe bowl or plate. We like to use something deep and large enough to give you enough room to stir. Add a splash of broth (or water) and give it a stir, microwave on high for 1.5 minutes. Remove from the microwave and give it another stir, at this point you want to check the consistency. If it is still dry, add another couple tablespoons of broth, stir again, and microwave for another 1-2 minutes or until heated.
How to reheat pasta over the stove-top ?
On medium-high heat add cold pasta in a large enough pan/pot. Add a couple splashes of liquid and stir. Give it a minute or two until the pasta starts to loosen up. Add more liquid to get it to the right consistency.
One Pot Cheeseburger Pasta
- 1 lb lean ground beef 90% or leaner
- 16 oz uncooked Campanelle pasta or similar shape
- 1 tsp paprika
- 2 tsp chilli powder
- 1 tsp dried oregano
- 1 tsp onion powder
- 1/2 tsp mustard powder
- 1 tsp garlic powder
- 4 cups broth
- 8 oz can tomato sauce
- 1/2 cup heavy cream
- 1 cup freshly grated sharp cheddar cheese
- salt and pepper to taste
- Heat a large cast iron skillet over medium heat. Brown the ground beef. Add onion powder, paprika, chilli powder, mustard powder, oregano, garlic powder, salt and pepper.
- Stir in the broth, pasta, and tomato sauce. Bring to a boil, cover and reduce heat to a simmer. Cook for 12-14 minutes or until pasta is tender. Stir occasionally to prevent sticking.
- Once pasta is cooked stir in the cheddar cheese, and heavy cream.
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