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Easy Homemade Hamburger Helper

This Easy Homemade Hamburger Helper is a savory, one-pot meal that’s better than the original boxed version! Made with tender elbow pasta, savory ground beef, cheese, tomato sauce, and veggies, it’s ready in 30 minutes or less!


Gather your Ingredients

– 1 lb lean ground beef – 1/2 medium onion diced – 1 red bell pepper diced – 1 pinch red pepper flakes or more, if you like it spicy! – 1 tsp minced garlic – 1 tsp salt – 1 tsp Italian seasoning – 1/4 cup frozen spinach, thawed and squeezed dry (or 1 cup fresh, chopped fine) – 1 1/2 cup beef broth – 1 3/4 cup milk – 2 3/4 cups dry uncooked macaroni (1 375g box) – 1 1/2 cups tomato or pasta sauce – 1 1/2 cups shredded cheese


To a large pot add beef, onion, peppers, pepper flakes, garlic, salt, Italian seasoning and spinach. Cook over medium high heat until beef is browned.


Add in milk, broth, macaroni and tomato sauce and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium and cook 12-15 minutes, stirring often.


Stir in 1 cup of cheese. Sprinkle remaining cheese on top, cover and let sit for 5 minutes before serving.