Homemade Hamburger Helper

Homemade Hamburger Helper via FarmgirlGourmet.com

I would like to start this post by stating that I have never made or eaten (that I recall) Hamburger Helper.  Ever.  My husband, on the other hand adores his salty boxed 1st love and asks on occasion if I’d make it for him.  We’ve been married for over 12 years and tonight….he got his wish.  Well, sort of.  You know me, I hate boxes and processed food, so I made it from scratch-a-roo.  You know what, it takes just as long to make it from scratch as it does to make it from a processed box?  Yep, true stuff.  Best part….you get to control the amount of salt.  No vats of water will be required after consuming this meal and it will make your box loving husband a very happy boy.  Maybe now that I have him all greased up with his favorite meal, I should slip in the “I want new countertops in the kitchen” plug?  What do you think?  :)  Ok, you’re probably right…let’s go make some Triple H.

Homemade Hamburger Helper - farmgirlgourmet.com

Start off by adding a small amount of oil to your large hot skillet and add 1 lb of ground beef (see I didn’t say hamburger Nelly).  Brown it and scoop out any excess drippings before continuing.


Toss in 2 cups of uncooked elbow macaroni.


Add in 2 1/2 cups milk (I used fat free but feel free to fatten it up to your hearts content)


Also add in 1 1/2 cups hot tap water.


Mix together the spices.


Add them to the ground beef and noodle mixture and give it a quick stir.


Bring it to a boil then turn down the heat to simmer and cover.  Make sure to watch it to make sure it doesn’t get too dry.  Add a small amount of milk or water if you notice this happening.  Cook for 10-12 minutes, or until the pasta is al dente.


As soon as the pasta is done, toss in 2 cups of grated cheddar cheese.  Give it a good stir and ring the dinner bell.


Simple – right?  Skip the box and make it from scratch next time.  You’ll be glad you did and the kids will clean the bowls with their fingers.  (yes that happened)

Homemade Hamburger Helper

Prep Time: 2 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 20 minutes

Yield: Makes 4-6 Servings

Homemade Hamburger Helper

Easy to make and a real crowd pleaser. Try it from scratch, you'll be glad you did.


  • 1 lb ground beef
  • cooking spray
  • 2 1/2 cups milk
  • 1 1/2 cups hot water
  • 2 cups elbow macaroni
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 2 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • pinch crushed red pepper flakes
  • 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese


  1. Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat. Spray with cooking spray and add the ground beef. Brown until cooked through and no longer pink. Discard any fat. Add the pasta, milk, water and spices and stir to combine. Bring to a boil and turn the heat down to simmer. Cover and cook for 10-12 minutes, or until the pasta is al dente. Add the cheese and stir to combine. Serve immediately

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