Homemade Hamburger Helper Recipe Cheeseburger Macaroni

 

homemade hamburger helper cheeseburger macaroni

I’m just going to admit something here. I LOVE Hamburger Helper.

Yes the super bad for you, preservative filled box of powdered seasoning and noodles. LOVE LOVE LOVE it.

I recently found a recipe for Cheeseburger Macaroni from scratch though and you know what? It’s not that much more difficult! In fact, it’s honestly about the same amount of work.

And yes…it is BETTER than the box mix.

From now on, we will be making this homemade version. I’ve made it 3 times so far and 3 out of 4 family members LOVE it and go back for seconds (the 4th one likes dinosaur chicken nuggets and PBJ’s.).

If this becomes a “go to” meal for your family, you could theoretically even make baggies of the spices & cornstarch and keep it in your pantry to make this dish even faster and more simple!

Feel free to use ground turkey or ground chicken!

Homemade Cheeseburger Macaroni Recipe

From Food.com

Ingredients: 

1 lb ground beef, turkey or chicken

1 tbsp cornstarch

2 tsp paprika

1 tsp onion powder

1 tsp garlic powder

salt and pepper to taste

1 tsp sugar

1 cup hot water

2 cups milk

1 1/2 cups macaroni

1 cup shredded cheddar

Directions: 

  1. Go ahead and brown your ground beef in a fairly deep pan or pot (you’ll be adding a lot of liquid).
  2. Drain the fat off the meat and put it back in the pan/pot. Add spices, water, pasta and milk and bring to a boil.
  3. Bring your heat down to a simmer and let simmer until the pasta is finished.
  4. Add your cheddar cheese and turn off the heat. Stir until the cheese is melted.
  5. Let sit for a few minutes and serve!

This is SO tasty! I love to add some ketchup to mine so it’s more “burger” like.

Serve with a salad or another good green veggie (these brussels sprouts are awesome!).

 

homemade hamburger helper

5.0 from 3 reviews
Homemade Hamburger Helper Recipe: Cheeseburger Macaroni
 
Ingredients
  • 1 lb ground beef, turkey or chicken
  • 1 tbsp cornstarch
  • 2 tsp paprika
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • 1 cup hot water
  • 2 cups milk
  • 1½ cups macaroni
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar
Instructions
  1. Go ahead and brown your ground beef in a fairly deep pan or pot (you'll be adding a lot of liquid).
  2. Drain the fat off the meat and put it back in the pan/pot. Add spices, water, pasta and milk and bring to a boil.
  3. Bring your heat down to a simmer and let simmer until the pasta is finished.
  4. Add your cheddar cheese and turn off the heat. Stir until the cheese is melted.
  5. Let sit for a few minutes and serve!

 

Comments

  1. Mel says

    If I normally have to make two boxes of HH for my family would I just double this recipe? Or does it make more than a box would??

    Thanks!
    Mel

    • says

      Karina, it does seem like a lot, but it’s really not! If you pre-cook the pasta, you’d have to adjust probably the entire recipe liquid wise….

      All of the liquid gets absorbed for the most part. What’s left ends up being the sauce.

  2. Kara says

    Just tried this tonight with ground venison and it was a huge hit. I doubled the meat in the recipe and had to keep adding a little more liquid so it wouldnt stick and the macaroni would get done. Also added a little more of each of seasonings since venison has a more “wild/gamey” taste. Delicious! I don’t buy ground beef a lot since we have a freezer full of ground venison and i am always looking for new creative ways to use up the venison. I can see this being added to the meal rotation for sure! Thanks for sharing!

  3. Chelsey says

    This is so delicious & a million times better than the boxed hamburger helper! When are you supposed to add the cornstarch, though?

    • Vickie says

      I came here from pinterest and I would like to try this, but I’m not seeing when to add the cornstarch either?

  4. says

    Hello colleagues, how is the whole thing, and what you want to say about this article, in my view
    its in fact amazing for me.

  5. Stacey Haralson says

    I made this for dinner tonight and it was very good. I wont be buying the boxed stuff anymore. Thanks for sharing!

  6. says

    I am eating this as we speak! Very yummy. I buy my pasta in bulk from Sam’s Club, so my package was 16oz, didn’t measure it at all, but I did find myself having to add more water and milk. I just went between the two, add some milk, let it cook, add some water, let it cook, and so on and so forth until my pasta was done! This is a really good recipe! And you know what is in it! Thanks for sharing!!

  7. Sara says

    I’m making two versions of this tonight. One for myself which is using Morningstar “beef crumbles” for my vegetarian self and another pan with regular beef for my family. Can’t wait to try it! Seemed so easy to make :)

  8. Alison says

    Made this for dinner tonight. It was very bland. My husband and I added everything from hot sauce to parmesan to try to flavor it up.

    • says

      I’m sorry! We did not find it bland at all. I do love to eat mine with ketchup, but that’s a weird quirk I picked up growing up. The rest of my family eats it as specified above.

  9. Lindsay says

    I just made this, but doubled the recipe. Too much liquid! What’d i do wrong?! I doubled Everything so it shouldn’t be a ratio issue. Should I add more cornstarch?

    • says

      How long did you give it to thicken? It will seem like too much liquid until the pasta soaks it up. You could try more cornstarch to thicken it though. I have never doubled this recipe though :(

  10. Ellaina says

    I don’t know what I did wrong but mine came out very bland. I was so disappointed. I even added extra seasonings and still..nothing..

  11. Heather says

    Mine was bland as well. I tasted the finished product and it was all milk and paprika to my palate. Admittedly, the MSG in the box mix is extremely salty. I think my palate missed the salt, but salt did not help. So, I doubled all of the spices except paprika and added chili powder and cumin. That worked. I won’t try it again, but it sated my craving for Cheeseburger Mac.

      • Heather says

        Don’t apologize! Nostalgia tastes different to all of us :) . You can see that you had many very positive reviews and a couple of blands– a small minority of us just like that MSG taste (which…ugh, gross). Thank you for helping me get my cheese mac without the box and all those preservatives.

  12. says

    Added few splashes Worcestershire , 1/4 cup ketchup , 1tsp spicy mustard and more spices and used shredded Colby heaping cup . Tastes great !!!!

  13. Heather says

    Good stuff! Surprised at how much it taste like hamburger helper (minus all the salty flavor) ! This is def a fav by the BF

  14. melanie says

    I made this for dinner tonight and it was a hit!! So much so that it went into the recipie book so I can make it again :) So happy to have a healthy alternative to HH. Thanks for sharing.

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