Make your own version of the comforting Hamburger Helper Cheeseburger Macaroni meal that we all know and love. This easy dinner will be on the table in less than 30 minutes and it is more affordable than the boxed variety!
When you think of Hamburger Helper, do you think of childhood? I do. My mom made it often and I still remember the catchy theme song from the commercials: Hamburger Helper...helper hamburger...heeelllp herrr…make a great meal! (Because apparently men weren’t allowed to cook.) Back then and still today, people love easy. Having a single box that contains most of the ingredients along with a few simple instructions was like a dream come true in the 70s and 80s. But those boxed meals are losing steam during this time when people want to control what goes into their food. When you can find a homemade dinner that is just as easy as a boxed meal and more affordable and tastier…well, that’s called weeknight perfection, people.
How do you make Hamburger Helper Cheeseburger Macaroni?
The popular Hamburger Helper Cheeseburger Macaroni from that magical box is exactly what you see in the photos in this post, minus excessive seasonings and preservatives. This is one of the easiest meals I’ve made in my kitchen, as it takes less than 30 minutes from start to finish. The beef gets cooked in a skillet and then all other ingredients are added. Cook until the pasta is done! That’s it! It’s a comforting, quick and delicious one-pot meal. (See the complete ingredient list and instructions in the below recipe card.)
How do you make Hamburger Helper healthier?
By making this recipe (as opposed to using the box version), you already are making it healthier. If you want to take it a step further, you can do any or all of the following:
Reduce the amount of cheese by half.
Omit the sour cream.
Use a lean ground beef or even ground turkey.
Use a low-sodium beef broth or replace half of the broth with water.
I know how valuable one-pot/one-pan meals are. They’re like gold, especially when they are also comforting and can feed the entire family. Here are a few other one-pot options for you on those busy weeknights!
Easy Roasted Chicken and Veggies
One-Pan Rice and Beans Taco Skillet
Chicken Rice Bake
Easy One-Pan Pasta