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One Pot Cheeseburger Pasta {Homemade Hamburger Helper}

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

  1. 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.
  2. Add sauce. Stir in the broth, pasta, and tomato sauce. Bring to a boil, cover and reduce heat to a simmer. 
  3. Cook. Cook for 12-14 minutes or until pasta is tender. Stir occasionally to prevent sticking.
  4. 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

This easy recipe is our version of a homemade Hamburger Helper!
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Course dinner, lunch, Recipes, Snacks
Cuisine American, Italian
Servings 6
Calories
Ingredients
  
  • 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
Instructions
 
  • 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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Tried this recipe?Let us know how it was!

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One Pot Caprese Pasta

One Pot Pizza Pasta

 

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15 Comments

  1. 5 stars
    This was delish! Super quick and easy to make. It was a hit at our home and we will be making it again. Thank you!

  2. 4 stars
    This is absolutely delicious!! I followed the recipe next time I think I will add more broth and tomato sauce. Definitely a keeper!!

    1. Yes, it will! Just check how long the cook time is on the pasta. Some require less time, if so, you may have to reduce the broth.

  3. 5 stars
    I made this almost exactly as described – I added a tad more cheese and of the extra sharp variety – I have to tell you this was absolutely amazing! My whole house was skeptical but in love after the first bite. This is not like nasty hh! I’m just in love with this!

  4. 5 stars
    I don’t get much time to cook, due to my busy schedule and working almost all days of the week. But this easy and quick recipe is amazing! Easier than I thought it would be and it tastes so good. 100% recommend.