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Easy Homemade Hamburger Helper

This is the best kid-friendly version of easy homemade hamburger helper. With finely chopped vegetables, ground beef, macaroni noodles, tomato soup, and a few more ingredients it is the perfect family-friendly meal at the end of a long busy day.

There is something about fall and comfort food that always seems to go together every time the fall season approaches. When I say comfort food, I am talking about carbs.

There is nothing more exhausting than making separate meals for dinner because this one likes this or that, or doesn’t like this or that.

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One thing I love about this easy homemade hamburger helper is that it is loved by all! It is a family-friendly meal that everyone can enjoy! Add the vegetables, skip the vegetables, add cheese, skip cheese… pick and choose.

WHY HOMEMADE HAMBURGER HELPER

I am all about those homecooked meals, and knowing what ingredients are in what I am eating, and how much! While boxed hamburger helper is great on those busy days where dinner needs to be plated ASAP, homemade can be served in less than 30 minutes and without all the added preservatives.

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WHAT GOES IN EASY HOMEMADE HAMBURGER HELPER

  • Elbow noodles
  • Ground beef
  • Onion
  • Bell pepper
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • Brown sugar
  • Ketchup
  • Tomato soup
  • Extra virgin olive oil
  • Parsley
  • Cheese

WHAT KIND OF PASTA GOES IN HAMBURGER HELPER

As for the pasta, I prefer to use elbow noodles when it comes to making easy homemade hamburger helper. However, you can use other variations of small noodles like shells.

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HOW TO MAKE EASY HOMEMADE HAMBURGER HELPER

  1. Preheat a large skillet with 1 tbsp of extra virgin olive oil.
  2. Preheat a medium to a large-sized pot of water to cook 1 package of elbow noodles.
  3. Sautee onion and bell pepper for about 2 minutes in the skillet, then add in the fresh ground beef and season with salt and pepper.
  4. Cook elbow noodles el dante.
  5. In a small mixing bowl, mix together brown sugar, ketchup, and tomato soup.
  6. Once the meat is cooked through and juices run clear, remove from heat.
  7. Once noodles are cooked remove from heat, and drain off water.
  8. Add cooked ground beef mixture to the hot noodle pot. Add in the tomato soup mixture.
  9. Mix everything together until it is well combined.
  10. Dish up and serve with a garnish of parsley, medium sharp cheddar cheese, and garlic toast.

WHAT TO SERVE WITH HAMBURGER HELPER

I enjoy serving this easy homemade hamburger helper with a garnish of parsley and cheese, with a side of cheesy garlic bread.

HOW TO STORE EASY HOMEMADE HAMBURGER HELPER

When it comes to storing easy homemade hamburger helper the best way to store it is in the refrigerator. Refrigerate for 2-3 days. I do freeze this recipe but it isn’t the same frozen. If you do freeze it I recommend that once thawed and reheated mix in some ketchup and cheese.

HOW TO REHEAT HAMBURGER HELPER

The best way to re-heat hamburger helper is in the microwave. 30 seconds at a time, stir in between, add a little cheese, and 30 seconds again until it is heated to your liking.

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Yield: 6-8

Easy Homemade Hamburger Helper

easy-homemade-hamburger-helper

This is the best kid-friendly version of easy homemade hamburger helper. With finely chopped vegetables, ground beef, macaroni noodles, tomato soup, and a few more ingredients it is the perfect family-friendly meal at the end of a long busy day.

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 454g box Elbow Noodles
  • 1 lb Ground beef
  • 1 small Onion, chopped
  • 1 Red Bell Pepper, chopped
  • Salt, to taste
  • Pepper, to taste
  • 3 tbsp Brown Sugar
  • 3/4 cup Ketchup
  • 1 284 mL can Tomato Soup
  • 1 tbsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • Finely chopped Parsley, garnish
  • 3/4 cup Cheddar Cheese, garnish

Instructions

  1. Preheat a large skillet with 1 tbsp of extra virgin olive oil.
  2. Preheat a medium to a large-sized pot of water to cook 1 package of elbow noodles.
  3. Sautee onion and bell pepper for about 2 minutes in the skillet, then add in the fresh ground beef and season with salt and pepper.
  4. Cook elbow noodles to el dante.
  5. In a small mixing bowl, mix together brown sugar, ketchup, and tomato soup.
  6. Once the meat is cooked through and juices run clear, remove from heat.
  7. Once noodles are cooked remove from heat, and drain off water.
  8. Add cooked ground beef mixture to the hot noodle pot. Add in the tomato soup mixture.
  9. Mix everything together until it is well combined.
  10. Dish up and serve with a garnish of parsley, medium sharp cheddar cheese, and garlic toast.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

8

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 389Total Fat: 16gSaturated Fat: 6gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 8gCholesterol: 62mgSodium: 474mgCarbohydrates: 38gFiber: 2gSugar: 12gProtein: 23g

* This is an estimate based off of 8 servings *

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