Hamburger Helper Recipe

Compared to the commercial mix, this homemade hamburger helper is much superior. It's meaty, cheesy, savory, and has all the makings of a midweek family favorite with a dash of tomato and fresh spices.


–  1 pound 85% lean ground beef – 1/2 cup diced yellow onion – 2 tablespoons tomato paste – 1 tablespoon ketchup – 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder – 1/2 teaspoon chili powder – 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt – 1/4 teaspoon paprika – 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper – 3 1/2 cups beef broth – 1 cup elbow macaroni – 6 ounces Cheddar cheese, shredded (about 1 1/2 cups)


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Compile every component.

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A big pot with a hefty bottom should be heated to medium-high heat. Add the steak and onion, and cook for about 7 minutes, stirring now and again, or until the beef is crumbled, browned, and no longer pink. Scrape off and dispose of any fat.

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Add the ketchup, tomato paste, garlic powder, chili powder, salt, paprika, and pepper; simmer, stirring constantly, for about two minutes, or until aromatic.

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Add the beef stock and heat it to a boiling point. Add macaroni, decrease heat to medium, cover, and simmer gently for 13 to 15 minutes, stirring periodically, or until pasta is cooked and most of the liquid has been absorbed.

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Take off the heat and mix in the cheddar, stirring for 30 to 45 seconds to make sure the cheese is well melted and combined. Before serving, let stand until thickened, about 2 minutes.