Homemade Hamburger Helper

Easy recipe to make hamburger helper at home. 
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 10 servings
Calories 394kcal
Author I Heart Eating


  • 1 1/2 pounds lean ground beef
  • 1 cup finely diced yellow or white onion
  • 16 ounces dry elbow macaroni pasta
  • 3 cups beef or chicken broth
  • 28 ounce can crushed tomato
  • 1/4 cup tomato paste
  • 1/4 cup plain nonfat Greek yogurt*
  • 1 teaspoon dried Italian seasoning
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon ancho chile powder
  • Salt and pepper
  • 2 cups shredded sharp cheddar cheese plus extra for topping


  • Heat a Dutch oven or large deep skillet over medium-high heat.
  • Add beef, and cook until browned. 
  • Drain ground beef, and return to skillet. 
  • Stir in onion, and, stirring regularly, cook until just softened, about 3 minutes. 
  • Add remaining ingredients EXCEPT cheese, and stir to combine.
  • Bring to simmer, and reduce heat to medium-low. You want the mixture to simmer gently, not boil. 
  • Cook for about 10 minutes, or until most of the liquid is absorbed but mixture is still saucy. At this point, the pasta should be al dente. 
  • Stir in cheese. 
  • Sprinkle with additional cheese, if desired. 
  • Remove from heat, and serve. 


*Substitutions: 2% or full-fat plain Greek yogurt, regular sour cream, and lite sour cream.
**I sprinkled a little chopped fresh parsley over the pasta to brighten it up for the pictures. It isn't necessary for the finished dish.
***Nutrition values are estimates.


Serving: 1serving | Calories: 394kcal | Carbohydrates: 43g | Protein: 28g | Fat: 12g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Cholesterol: 66mg | Sodium: 392mg | Potassium: 651mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 525IU | Vitamin C: 9.9mg | Calcium: 213mg | Iron: 3.8mg