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Homemade Hamburger Helper

A healthier spin on the cult classic!
Servings 4 servings


  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 1 onion
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 2 tsp paprika
  • 1 tbsp italian seasoning
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 1/2 cup tomato sauce
  • 2 tbsp tomato paste
  • 2 cups beef broth
  • 2 cups whole milk you could also use 2 %
  • 8 ounces pasta I used Mafalda Pasta but any type of small pasta will work as well
  • 1 cup grated cheddar cheese
  • parsley to garnish


  • In a large skillet, heat up oil. Cook onions 2-3 minutes. Add ground beef and cook until no longer pink, breaking up the meat, about 4-5 minutes. Drain excess oil.
    Add minced garlic, paprika, italian seasoning and onion powder to skillet. Stir and cook for 1-2 minutes.
    Add in tomato paste and stir an additional 2-3 minutes.
  • Add in tomato sauce, broth, milk and noodles.
    Bring to a boil and reduce heat.
  • Let cook 10-15 minutes.
    Check on noodles. Add an additional 1/2 cup of broth and milk if needed.
    Cook for another 5 minutes if needed or until cooked through.
    *If you are using a small elbow type noodle your cook time will be drastically less and you won't need that additonal 5-10 minutes of cooking or the additional liquid. You do want the sauce to thicken nicely though so even if your noodles cook quickly, let them simmer for a bit!
  • Add in cheese. Stir until melted and then remove from heat.
    Top with parsley and serve!