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Homemade Hamburger Helper

Homemade Hamburger Helper

  • Author: Marie Lavigne
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 4 servings 1x


  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 2 cups milk
  • 1 cup beef broth
  • 2 cups elbow macaroni, uncooked
  • 1 small onion, diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 cup cheddar cheese, shredded
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Optional: chopped parsley for garnish


  1. In a large skillet over medium heat, brown the ground beef with the diced onion and minced garlic until the meat is no longer pink. Drain any excess fat.
  2. Stir in paprika, oregano, salt, and pepper.
  3. Pour in milk and beef broth, then bring the mixture to a simmer.
  4. Add the uncooked elbow macaroni to the skillet, stirring well. Cover and let it simmer for about 12-15 minutes, or until the pasta is tender.
  5. Once the pasta is cooked, remove the skillet from heat and stir in the shredded cheddar cheese until it’s completely melted and the sauce is smooth.
  6. Garnish with chopped parsley if desired and serve warm.


    • For a leaner option, ground turkey can be used instead of beef.
    • Feel free to add in extra vegetables like peas or carrots for a nutritional boost.
    • Store leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.


  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Cuisine: American


  • Serving Size: 1 serving
  • Calories: Approximately 500
  • Sugar: 6g
  • Sodium: 800mg
  • Saturated Fat: 9g
  • Fiber: 3g
  • Protein: 28g
  • Cholesterol: 90mg