Cheesy Hamburger Helper

May 5, 2024

The Cheesy Hamburger Helper is awesome. It is a go-to recipe in my home, and it is one of my personal childhood favorites! This recipe is a million times better than the boxed version and is sure to please the whole family (even the picky eaters). It is perfect if you are looking to put something delicious on the dinner table in a small amount of time. 

 

Cheesy Hamburger Helper

 

Ingredients

  • Ground beef 
  • Elbow macaroni pasta 
  • Tomato sauce 
  • Minced garlic 
  • Yellow onion 
  • Heavy whipping cream 
  • Shredded cheddar cheese 
  • Black pepper 
  • Garlic powder 
  • Onion powder 

 

How To Make Cheesy Hamburger Helper 

 

Cook the pasta: Start by bringing a large pot of water to boil and cook the elbow macaroni until al dente. If you are looking for a little extra flavor, boil the pasta in beef broth or chicken broth.  Drain the pasta and set aside.  

Cook the Beef: Then in a large skillet add the diced onions and ground beef. Allow the meat to cook until no pink is visible and add the minced garlic 30 seconds prior to removing the meat from the heat. Then drain off any excess grease. 

 

Cooked Hamburger Meat

 

Add Seasonings: Next, season the meat with black pepper, onion powder and garlic powder. Then add a can of tomato sauce, heavy whipping cream and shredded cheddar cheese. Allow the mixture to come to a slight simmer over medium heat and stir until all the cheese is fully melted. 

 

Cheese, Whipping Cream and Tomato Sauce on Hamburger Meat

 

Enjoy: Finish by adding the cooked pasta to the skillet and mix until well combined. Allow the dish to cool for 5 minutes and enjoy! 

 

Cheesy Hamburger Helper

 

FAQ 

 

What do you recommend serving as a side dish for this recipe?

  • I always serve this with a simple side salad or green beans. This recipe is one that I make on busy weeknights so I try to keep the sides simple too. 

How do I store leftovers? 

  • Store any leftovers in an airtight container and eat within 3-4 days. Personally, it always tastes better to me the next day! I assume that is because all the flavors have time to absorb into the pasta! Regardless, it’s SO good!

How does this recipe compare to the boxed stuff?

  • If I am being completely honest with you, it blows the boxed version OUT OF THE WATER. This recipe is simple, it uses real ingredients, and it is a family favorite! We always go back in for seconds because it’s just that good. 

 

Have more questions? Drop a comment below!

 

Tips and Tricks 

  • Use lean ground beef so that you will have less grease to drain when finished cooking. 
  • Use Velveeta to achieve the creamiest cheesiest result. 
  • Convert this recipe to a one pot meal by adding the uncooked pasta to the skillet after cooking the hamburger meat. Then add 1 ½ cups- 2 cups beef broth and allow to cook while stirring occasionally until the pasta is al dente and the beef broth is absorbed. 

 

If you like this recipe you should check out a few more:

Cheesy Sloppy Joe Pasta

Pizza Pasta

Cheesy Chili Mac

 

Cheesy Hamburger Helper

Cheesy Hamburger Helper

This Cheesy Hamburger Helper recipe features a hamburger meat and elbow macaroni cheesy pasta dish.
Adjust Servings6
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American

Ingredients

  • 1 ½ pound ground beef
  • 2 cups elbow macaroni pasta
  • 8 ounce tomato sauce
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  • ½ yellow onion diced
  • ½ cup heavy whipping cream
  • 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ½ teaspoon onion powder

Instructions

  • Bring a large pot of water to boil and cook elbow macaroni until al dente. (For extra flavor boil the pasta in beef broth). In a large skillet add the diced onions and ground beef. Allow the meat to cook until no pink is visible and then add minced garlic 30 seconds prior to removing from the heat. Drain excess grease.
  • Season the meat with black pepper, onion powder and garlic powder. Add can of tomato sauce, heavy whipping cream and shredded cheddar cheese. Allow mixture to come to a slight simmer over medium heat and stir until all the cheese is fully melted.
  • Add drained pasta to the skillet and stir until well combined. Allow to cool for 5 minutes and enjoy!

Notes

I always use Velveeta Cheddar Shreds for this recipe. Although some do not like Velveeta, it gives this recipe the cheesy creamy touch that puts it above the rest
Tried this recipe?Let us know how it was!

2 Comments

  1. Bob

    5 stars
    Made this and it was a huge hit. No leftovers.

    Reply
    • Happy Nana and family

      5 stars
      I made this tonight for dinner and added garlic toast on the side, it was delicious!!! Our 13 yr old grandson could not get enough. Will be looking for more homemade hamburger helper recipes. Definitely will make it again ❤️💙

      Reply

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