This One Pot Hamburger Helper is pretty much the tastiest thing we’ve eaten all month. That’s saying a lot because what else is there to do during quarantine than eat, drink, and be merry?
This is quite possibly the creamiest pasta in the world. Bold statements being said this morning, but I only speak the truth.
Did you all eat Hamburger Helper as a kid? I always wanted to, but my mom would never buy it! I know it was all out of love, but man it sure looked delicious.
Now that i’m older, I can appreciate it more, but all the more reason to come up with my own, healthy-ish version of it.
This One Pot Hamburger Helper recipe is for anyone else out there that was deprived of the boxed Hamburger Helper as a child.
Let’s live. And for any and all MOM’s of course—this is a ONE POT meal (less mess), and whole family approved!
I used my large All Clad Skillet because it’s absolutely perfect for one pot meals like this. Any meal that only dirties up ONE dish is like hallelujah! Hope you all love!!
Other Pasta Recipes to Try!
- 5 Ingredient Italian Sausage and Tortellini Skillet
- No Boil Vegetarian Baked Ziti
- Cheesy Kale Pesto Lasagna
- Instant Pot Bolognese
One Pot Hamburger Helper
- Prep Time: 5
- Cook Time: 25
- Total Time: 30 minutes
- Yield: 4-6 1x
- 2–3 T olive oil
- 1/2 lb pasta of choice (about 8–10 oz) I used Pennoni but cavatelli is delicious too if you want something smaller
- 1 lb ground beef
- 1/2 yellow onion, diced
- 4 cloves garlic, minced
- 8 oz tomato sauce
- 2 T tomato paste
- 3 c beef broth
- 1/2 tsp garlic powder
- 1/2 tsp onion powder
- 1/2 tsp chili powder
- 1/4 tsp paprika
- Salt and Pepper, to taste
- 1 1/2 c shredded cheddar cheese *see notes
- 1 c milk (I used 2%) *see notes
- Chopped parsley, for serving, optional
- Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium high heat. When hot, add ground beef and cook, breaking up with the back of your spoon until cooked and no longer pink. Drain excess grease.
- Add onion and garlic, and cook another 2-3 minutes, until onion is translucent and garlic fragrant.
- Stir in tomato sauce, tomato paste, beef broth, and spices. Then add pasta and give it a stir. Make sure liquid is over the pasta. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat, cover and simmer for 15-20 minutes, until liquid has reduced and pasta is cooked.
- Stir in milk and cheese until creamy. Simmer for 5-10 extra minutes if you want it to thicken up a little more. Serve in bowls with chopped parsley.
*If you want to make this dish Dairy Free and Whole 30 Approved- leave out the cheese and sub a non-dairy alternative instead of milk (Nutpods original works great)