Homemade Hamburger Helper
Ready in 30 minutes or less, this delicious and comforting homemade Hamburger Helper recipe is perfect for a quick weeknight dinner.
- 1 pound ground beef
- 1 small onion, diced
- 2 tbsp tomato paste
- 1 tbsp dijon mustard
- 1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
- 1½ cups macaroni
- 4 cups beef broth
- 1 tsp paprika
- 1 tsp onion powder
- 1 tsp garlic powder
- ¼ cup sour cream
- 2 cups shredded sharp cheddar cheese
- salt and pepper, to taste
- hot sauce, to taste
- parmesan cheese for serving, if desired
Add ground beef and onions to a large skillet and cook until the beef is no longer pink and the onions start to get tender and caramelized, 4-5 minutes.
Stir in the tomato paste, mustard, Worcestershire, macaroni, beef broth, paprika, onion powder and garlic powder. Bring the mixture to a boil then reduce to a simmer then cover. Cook for 12-14 minutes or until the noodles are tender.
Take off of the heat and stir in sour cream and cheddar cheese. Let pasta stand for 5-10 minutes to cool (this will also help to thicken it up a bit). Season with salt and pepper to taste.
Serve immediately with chopped parsley, hot sauce and grated parmesan cheese for serving, if desired.
- Cook the beef well: The ground beef is the base of the entire recipe, so you want to make sure you're correctly browning it. Brown the beef with a good amount of oil and a really hot pan, but be careful not to overcook. When properly browned, your beef should be nice a juicy.
- Change up the flavors: You may recall that there are many different hamburger helper flavors -- the original hamburger macaroni, a lasagna version, and tons of others. This homemade hamburger helper recipe is easy to change up depending on the flavor profile you're going for.
- Customize your ingredients: Consider adding diced tomatoes, minced garlic, or even some diced jalapeños for a nice spicy kick. Wanting a more Mexican-style dinner? Add in corn, black beans, and a little bit of salsa. The options really are endless!