Homemade Cheeseburger Hamburger Helper

There are a few things I love about this recipe: It is how easy it is to make, without fancy ingredients. It's a one-pan dinner (makes for less cleanup) and-- it's comforting and delicious. The big bonus...you made it yourself without any scary ingredients from a box! This tastes even better the next day, and makes a perfect re-heatable lunchbox item for the office. Recipe slightly adapted from "The Daring Gourmet".
One pot wonder hamburger helper inspired meal.
Photo by Foodiewife F.
One pot wonder hamburger helper inspired meal.
One pot wonder hamburger helper inspired meal.

PREP TIME

10

minutes

TOTAL TIME

25

minutes

SERVINGS

4

servings

PREP TIME

10

minutes

TOTAL TIME

25

minutes

SERVINGS

4

servings

Ingredients

  • 1

    pound ground beef

  • 1

    tablespoon avocado oil (you can substitute olive or vegetable oil)

  • 1

    small onion, finely chopped

  • 3

    tablespoons tomato paste

  • 1

    tablespoon Worcestershire sauce

  • 1 1/2

    teaspoons sweet paprika

  • 1

    teaspoon onion powder

  • 1

    teaspoon garlic powder

  • 1

    teaspoon salt

  • 1

    teaspoon sugar

  • 1/2

    teaspoon chili powder

  • 1/2

    teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

  • 2

    tablespoon all-purpose flour

  • 2

    cups whole milk

  • 1 3/4

    cup natural, non-MSG beef broth

  • 2

    cups dried elbow macaroni pasta (can substitute whole wheat if desired)

  • 2

    cups shredded cheddar cheese (medium or sharp, your choice)

Directions

Heat the oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat and brown the ground beef until no pink remains. Add the onions and cook until softened, about 5 minutes. Stir in the tomato paste, Worcestershire sauce, seasonings and flour. Pour in the milk and broth and stir. Stir in the macaroni. Bring to a boil then reduce to medium-low, cover and simmer for 10 to 12 minutes or until the macaroni is done. (For al dente check after 9 minutes.) Stir in the Cheddar cheese until melted. Serve immediately garnished with some chopped fresh parsley if desired. Reheats well.

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