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homemade hamburger helper recipe
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Homemade Hamburger Helper

Course Dinner, Main
Servings 6
Author divas can cook


  • 1 lb ground beef or ground turkey sometimes I use only 1/2 lb
  • 1/2 cup onions diced
  • 1 tablespoon butter optional
  • 2 cups milk
  • 1 cup cold water
  • 2 cups elbow macaroni uncooked
  • 1/2 teaspoon sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt or seasoning salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 3/4 teaspoon oregano
  • 3/4 teaspoon parsley
  • 3/4 garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 2 cups cheddar cheese shredded


  • Brown ground meat in a skillet over medium heat until almost done.
  • Add in onions and cook until tender.
  • Drain fat from pan.
  • Add remaining ingredients except for the cheese.
  • Stir to combine.
  • Bring to a boil.
  • Reduce heat, cover and cook until pasta is tender, about 10 minutes. Stirring occasionally.
  • * Do not over cook pasta. I usually taste check it at 9 minutes.
  • Remove from heat and stir in cheese. The sauce may be thin.
  • Let pasta sit to thicken the sauce, meanwhile adjust seasonings if needed.
  • Serve and enjoy.


Use various cheeses if desired.
Add taco seasonings for a chili mac.
Chopped tomatoes are good in this as well.
Want veggies? Peas or broccoli works great!
Hot sauce anyone?