Homemade Hamburger Helper


  • 1 pound (500g) lean ground beef
  • 1 small onion, finely chopped
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 teaspoon dried parsley
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • pinch to ½ teaspoon cayenne powder
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 ½ cups (355ml) milk
  • 1 ½ cups (355ml) beef broth
  • 2 cups (260g) elbow macaroni, uncooked
  • 1 (8oz) (227g) can tomato sauce
  • 2 cups (225g) shredded cheddar cheese


  1. Heat a large skillet over medium heat.
  2. Brown the ground beef, onion, paprika, parsley, garlic powder, cayenne powder, salt and pepper.
  3. If using ground beef with a higher fat content add in the seasonings after draining the grease.
  4. Stir in the milk, broth, macaroni, and tomato sauce.
  5. Bring to a boil, cover, and reduce heat to a simmer.
  6. Cook for 10-12 minutes or until pasta is tender.
  7. Stir occasionally to prevent sticking.
  8. Stir in cheddar cheese until melted.

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