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Homemade Hamburger Helper (Cheeseburger Skillet Casserole)

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This one-pot Cheeseburger Skillet Casserole is a delicious version of Homemade Hamburger Helper we all loved as kids. It’s an easy and delicious budget-friendly dinner idea. Your family will love this easy weeknight dinner recipe. It is so much better than the boxed version!

This one-pot Cheeseburger Skillet Casserole is just like that cheeseburger macaroni we all loved as kids, but only better because it is homemade. It's an easy and delicious budget-friendly dinner idea.
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Good old Hamburger Helper. During my college days, I was the designated cook of our apartment. Of course, I happily volunteered for that job. Total no-brainer because I loved to cook.

My roommates were pretty cool. We all got along so well and always split the grocery bill up equally. There were times though, that school was hectic and we needed a quick meal option. That’s when I first tried Hamburger Helper. We loved it. It was our go-to quick college meal on a budget. 

But, little did I know in my younger college-age days how unhealthy it was for you. Did you ever read the nutritional information on the box? Anyway, once my 20-something self realized just how unhealthy it was, I stopped buying it. But I always craved it.

So, fast forward to married life. The time when I really broadened my culinary horizons and started experimenting with different foods and recipes. I was also looking for meal ideas for busy weeknights.

But I was still craving the Hamburger Helper that I refused to buy. I needed a solution to solve this craving so I created my own homemade version of this favorite recipe that is even more delicious and much better for you. It’s an easy dinner idea with simple ingredients that is much better for you than a box of Hamburger Helper.

This one-pot Cheeseburger Skillet Casserole is just like that cheeseburger macaroni we all loved as kids, but only better because it is homemade. It's an easy and delicious budget-friendly dinner idea.

Homemade hamburger helper is a delicious beef pasta entree! It’s made with pantry staples that you most likely have in your pantry like macaroni noodles, brown ground beef, cheddar cheese and additional ingredients.

What Do I Need To Make this Homemade Hamburger Helper recipe? What Ingredients Do I Need to Make Cheeseburger Skillet Casserole?

Lean ground beef (you can also substitute ground turkey)

Onion, chopped

Dried parsley

Garlic powder

Paprika

Cayenne pepper

Olive Oil

Salt & Pepper, to taste

Milk

Beef broth, beef stock or beef bouillon cubes

15 ounce can diced tomatoes, undrained

Uncooked elbow macaroni

Cheddar Cheese

This one-pot Cheeseburger Skillet Casserole is just like that cheeseburger macaroni we all loved as kids, but only better because it is homemade. It's an easy and delicious budget-friendly dinner idea.

How Do I Make Cheeseburger Macaroni Hamburger Helper?

I call this Cheeseburger Skillet Casserole even though it is not baked in the oven. Grab your large skillet. This recipe gets bonus points for being a one-pot meal. One-pot meals are a real time-saver in the kitchen. Less mess to wash is A-OK in my book. Who doesn’t love easy dinner ideas? This recipe is definitely one of my reader favorites.

This hearty meal makes a lot too. I love a good macaroni dish and this one is my family’s favorite. Your whole family will love this quick dinner recipe. It’s classic comfort food in my book.

This one-pot Cheeseburger Skillet Casserole is just like that cheeseburger macaroni we all loved as kids, but only better because it is homemade. It's an easy and delicious budget-friendly dinner idea.

As a cheese lover, this dish really satisfies. As a beef lover, this dish really satisfies. As a pasta lover, this dish …..well, you get the picture. It’s good. Like, REALLY good!

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Instant Pot Cheeseburger Soup

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This one-pot Cheeseburger Skillet Casserole is a delicious version of Homemade Hamburger Helper we all loved as kids. It's an easy and delicious budget-friendly dinner idea. Your family will love this easy dinner recipe. Pasta and ground beef and covered in a cheesy sauce. This one-pot pasta meal is delicious.
This one-pot Cheeseburger Skillet Casserole is just like that cheeseburger macaroni we all loved as kids, but only better because it is homemade. It's an easy and delicious budget-friendly dinner idea.
Yield: 6 servings

Cheeseburger Skillet Casserole

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes

This one-pot Cheeseburger Skillet Casserole is just like that boxed cheeseburger macaroni we all loved as kids, but only better because it is homemade. This beef pasta hamburger helper is an easy and delicious budget-friendly dinner idea. It is so much better than the box mix!

Ingredients

  • 1 lb. lean ground beef
  • 3/4 cup onion, chopped
  • 2 teaspoons dried parsley
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • Salt & Black Pepper, to taste
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 1/2 cup beef broth
  • 15 ounce can diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 2 cups uncooked elbow macaroni
  • 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese

Instructions

Homemade hamburger helper is a delicious beef pasta entree!

  1. Heat a large skillet (10-inch skillet) with vegetable oil over medium high heat. Add ground beef, onions and seasoning. Cook until ground beef is browned. Drain excess grease if needed.
  2. Stir in tomatoes, milk, beef broth and uncooked macaroni. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low. Cover and cook 15-20 minutes on low until pasta is tender and liquid is evapoated.
  3. Stir in cheddar cheese just before serving.

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9 Comments

  1. Love this!! Hamburger Helper is one of my guilty pleasures too and I’m always looking for ways to make from scratch versions of these family favorites. This recipe is perfect! Thank you for sharing!!

  2. This looks like a yummy version of Hamburger Helper! My kids just love it, but I rarely make it because it is so salty! Can’t wait to try your version!

  3. I love making casserole as they are so easy ! This looks and sounds so flavorful and perfect.for will brunch! Yum

  4. Have been meaning to try this for awhile. Finally got a chance and I’m so glad I did. It’s delicious! Thanks for sharing!

  5. Made this tonight and it was a huge hit: we will definitely make this again! I had never heard of Hamburger Helper (probably not a product found in France) but we LOVE how it tastes and I love how easy it is to make! Thank you for this great recipe!

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