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One Skillet Homemade Hamburger Helper


I love meals like this that only require one skillet because then that’s about 4 things less that I have to wash! Plus it’s so much faster and easier to whip up quick and hearty meals when it’s all done in one pan.

I was scrolling through Pinterest for one pot, easy beef meals and I stumbled across this recipe over at Divas Can Cook. I’ve never actually had Hamburger Helper, but I was intrigued by the recipe and the fact that you boil the macaroni in milk in the skillet, which is one of my favorite ways to cook macaroni. It is so flavorful! So, I decided to give it a shot and it is wonderful. If you like Hamburger Helper I think you’ll like this homemade and healthier option as well!


  • 1 lb ground beef or turkey
  • 1/2 onion, chopped
  • 1 tbsp butter
  • 2 cups milk
  • 1 cup cold water
  • 2 cups elbow macaroni, uncooked
  • 1/2 tsp sugar
  • 1 tsp salt or seasoning salt
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper
  • 3/4 tsp oregano
  • 3/4 tsp parsley
  • 3/4 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp chili powder
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 2 cups cheddar cheese, shredded

Brown ground meat in a skillet over medium heat until almost done. Add in onions and cook until tender.

Drain meat and onions on paper towel covered plate and then return to skillet. Add remaining ingredients except for the cheese. Stir to combine and bring mixture to a boil.

Reduce heat, cover and cook until pasta is tender, about 10 minutes. Stirring occasaionally. Taste pasta periodically for doneness.

Remove from heat and stir in cheese. Let pasta sit to thicken sauce. Adjust seasonings as needed.