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Homemade Hamburger Helper

Hello there!

Do you have a favorite meal or maybe an easy go to dinner? Or maybe you’re in need of one?

Well for me, my favorite easy dinner is hamburger helper. I grew up eating it and just love it…my husband however not so much! He dislikes how much salt is in the boxed kind, and would prefer a version that is a wee bit healthier. So we compiled a few different recipes found online to create this version that suits us best.


  • 1 package of hamburger. I used a half pound because I like a ratio of more noodles and less beef, but you can adjust based on your desires.
  • 2 1/2 cups skim milk
  • 1 1/2 cups water
  • 2 cups elbow macaroni
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 1/2 tablespoon chili powder
  • 1/2 tablespoon paprika
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon garlic powder (we love garlic in our household)
  • 3 cups shredded cheddar cheese


  1. Brown ground beef in a skillet over medium high heat until all the pink is gone.
  2. Drain ground beef. I use a slotted spoon to scoop it out on to a paper towel lined plate. Once drained, place beef back in skillet and return to heat.
  3. Add milk, water, macaroni, cornstarch, and all the spices. Stir to combine.
  4. Bring to a boil.
  5. Cover, reduce heat, and let simmer for 10 minutes or until pasta is cooked through but not mushy.
  6. Add cheese and stir to combine.
  7. Remove from heat and serve.
  8. Enjoy!

*Leftovers can be placed in a sealed container in the fridge for a few days and reheated in the microwave.



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