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a big skillet of homemade hamburger helper ready to be eaten

Homemade Hamburger Helper

A cheesy rich sauce, ground beef and pasta come together in one pan for a perfectly fast and flavorful dinner. 
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 6 people
Calories 542kcal
Author Rachel Ballard



  • Cook macaroni according to package directions. Drain and set aside. 
  • In a 10-12 inch skillet with high sides, add the beef and onions and cook over medium high until no pink remains: about 7 minutes. Drain away as much grease as you can. 
  • Reduce the heat to medium, and to the beef in the pan add the butter and stir until it melts. Add the tomato paste, paprika, chili powder, garlic powder, onion powder, salt and pepper and stir to combine. 
  • Add the flour and stir until no pockets of raw flour remain; about one minute. 
  • Add the broth and stir to combine. Bring to a low simmer and stir until the liquid thickens enough to coat the back of a spoon: about 6 to 8 minutes. 
  • Add the cheeses and stir to combine. Gently fold in the pasta until thoroughly coated. Serve warm. 


Calories: 542kcal | Carbohydrates: 33g | Protein: 26g | Fat: 33g | Saturated Fat: 16g | Cholesterol: 105mg | Sodium: 968mg | Potassium: 426mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 745IU | Vitamin C: 1.8mg | Calcium: 290mg | Iron: 2.7mg