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Homemade Hamburger Helper

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!
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Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 17 minutes
Servings: 6
Calories: 584kcal
Author: Megan Porta


  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 1/4 cup ketchup
  • 2 tbsp yellow mustard
  • 1/2 tsp onion powder
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 2 tsp seasoned salt
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp pepper
  • 2 cups elbow macaroni
  • 30 oz beef broth
  • 2 cups water
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 2 cups cheddar cheese shredded
  • 1 bunch parsley chopped


  • In a large skillet or Dutch oven, cook the ground beef over medium heat until no longer pink. Drain grease and return skillet to stovetop. Add the ketchup, mustard, onion powder, garlic powder, seasoned salt, salt and pepper to the skillet. Stir until combined. Add the macaroni, beef broth and water. Bring to a boil, then reduce to a simmer over medium-low heat. Simmer for 10-12 minutes, or until pasta is soft and liquids have thickened.
  • Add the sour cream and cheese and stir until melted. Remove from the heat and serve immediately. Top with parsley, if desired.


Calories: 584kcal | Carbohydrates: 40g | Protein: 31g | Fat: 33g | Saturated Fat: 16g | Cholesterol: 103mg | Sodium: 1956mg | Potassium: 540mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 1348IU | Vitamin C: 13mg | Calcium: 343mg | Iron: 3mg
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