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Love that classic childhood boxed favorite, but want to make it all homemade and healthier? This Healthy Hamburger Helper recipe is your solution, and it’s all made in one pot and so delicious!
Healthy Hamburger Helper
We are all about quick and easy dinners, using minimal ingredients and this Homemade Hamburger Helper is definitely a winner. It’s made all in one pot, with items you likely already have in your pantry and will surely be a hit with everyone. It is reminiscent of that version you might remember as a kid, only it uses real ingredients so it tastes so much better! Did I mention it takes about 30 minutes to cook? Save this recipe and hang it on your fridge for the next time you need dinner fast.
- Ground Beef
- Elbow Macaroni (we use gluten-free!)
- Canned Diced Tomato
- Beef Broth
- Shredded Cheddar Cheese
What Type of Pasta to Use
We tested this one pot pantry pasta with a different types of gluten-free pasta and with traditional wheat pasta as well. It all worked the same!
When you are cooking this, the recipe calls for you to cook the pasta as long as the package directions call for so be sure to check for that information on the pasta package.
How One Pot Pasta Works
If you are new to the concept of cooking pasta all in one pot, let me explain how it works! Typically pasta is cooked separately in lots of boiling water, then drained before being used in whatever dish you are making. But a one pot pasta instead boils the pasta directly in whatever “sauce” you are using. Instead of just filling the pot with water, a precise amount is added to ensure that when the pasta is finished cooking, there is just enough liquid leftover to make your sauce. The resulting sauce is “creamier” because any starch that is leftover in the cooking liquid is left in the pot, instead of being discarded when draining the pasta. Because it’s all cooked in one pot, follow the directions and ingredient amounts precisely to ensure the correct amount of sauce leftover at the end.
Also note that when the pasta is finished cooking, the sauce might look like it is too watery. It will thicken in about 5 minutes to be the perfect amount, so have patience.
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If you like this pasta recipe, check out these others:
- Gluten-Free Chicken Caesar Pasta Salad
- Sausage and Vegetable Pasta
- Gluten-Free BLT Pasta Salad
- Broccoli Rabe and Sausage Pasta
HEALTHY HAMBURGER HELPER
- 2 teaspoons olive oil
- 1 onion diced
- 2 cloves garlic minced
- 1 lb. grass-fed ground beef
- 1 teaspoon fine sea salt
- ½ teaspoon black pepper
- 1 teaspoon paprika
- 1 teaspoon oregano
- 15 ounce can diced tomato
- 3-1/2 cups beef broth
- 12 ounce gluten-free elbow macaronia
- 1 cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese
- Parsley for serving
- Heat oil in large dutch oven over medium heat. Once hot, add onion and garlic and cook, stirring often until starting to soften, about 5 minutes.
- Add in the beef and cook until no pink remains. Remove any excess fat.
- Add in the salt, pepper, paprika, oregano, diced tomatos and broth and bring up to a boil.
- Once boiling, add the pasta to the pot and cook for as long as the package instruction states (if package says to cook pasta for 10 minutes, cook for 10 minutes), stirring every few minutes to prevent the pasta from sticking to the bottom.
- Once the pasta is cooked through, shut off the heat and add the cheese. Stir together, then let the pasta sit for 5 minutes while the sauce continues to thicken up.
- Garnish with parsley, and serve!
Any ideas for replacing the cheese??
you can always use an alternative cheese or simply omit.
I love pasta and am going to follow this recipe tonight!
I love this recipe! I’m making it tonight and was thinking of adding in some broccoli – trying to get more veggies in every meal. Do you think it would still taste good?
I’d do peas! Broccoli could work too.
I made this foe my daughter and my husband and it was DELICIOSO. Thank you Lexi for another great recipe.
This looks delicious! Do you think I could substitute a can of tomato sauce instead of diced? I have picky eaters who don’t like tomato chunks. Should I adjust the amount of beef broth? Thanks!
So, so good! Everyone in my house gobbled it up!
Another great recipe! Lexi makes me feel like I don’t suck at cooking! Always so easy and SO good. Love this recipe and had a bunch of leftovers which is awesome! Thank you!!!
So good! This recipe absolutely reminded me of one of my childhood favorites, hamburger helper. Except… this one is healthy and preservative free. Super comforting on a cold winter evening. I did everything by the book other than using bison instead of beef. ( that’s what I had on hand)