Homemade Hamburger Helper

If you can’t pronounce the ingredient on the box, you probably shouldn’t be eating it.

Over the years I have mastered this One-Pot Wonder and it is so quick and easy. It’s the perfect weeknight meal.

You start by making your own spice mix.

It’s a combination of spice, all of which are probably in your pantry.

Brown 1 lb. of ground meat and drain the fat.

Add the spice mix, beef broth, pasta, and milk. Bring to a low simmer, place the lid on for 10 minutes, stirring frequently so the pasta doesn’t stick to the bottom.

It should look like this!

Stir in the cheese.

It’s ready to serve!


Homemade Hamburger Helper

Spice Mix:

1 tbsp. cornstarch

1/2 tbsp. garlic powder

1 tsp sugar

1 tsp chili powder

1/2 tsp onion powder

1/2 tsp paprika

1/2 tsp Cajun seasoning

1/4 tsp kosher salt


1 lb. ground beef

1 can beef broth

2 cups milk

2 cups elbow macaroni

1 1/2 cups shredded cheddar


Make your spice mix. Set it aside. Brown the meat in a large pot, drain the fat.

Add the spice mix, broth, milk, pasta. Stir around.

Bring to a low simmer, cover and cook for 10 minutes. Stir every couple minutes, making sure the pasta doesn’t stick to the bottom of the pot.

After pasta is cooked, stir in the cheese.



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