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Homemade Hamburger Helper

This homemade Mac and Cheese recipe is a from-scratch version of the classic boxed comfort food Hamburger Helper! It is meaty, saucy, and oozing with tomato and cheese goodness in every delectable mouthful! A one-pot hearty meal that is sure to be a family favorite!
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Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Cheeseburger macaroni, Hamburger Mac and Cheese, Homemade Hamburger helper, Mac and Cheese
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes


  • 1 pound ground beef
  • ½ teaspoon seasoning salt
  • ½ teaspoon pepper
  • 5 cups beef broth
  • ½ cup heavy cream
  • 1 - 8 ounce can tomato sauce
  • 2 teaspoons worcestershire sauce
  • 2 teaspoons beef bouillon powder
  • 1 teaspoon dijon mustard
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon italian seasoning
  • ½ teaspoon paprika
  • 1 pound elbow macaroni
  • 3 cups sharp cheddar cheese freshly grated, divided
  • Optional garnish is more shredded cheddar and fresh parsley


  • Place the ground beef, seasoning salt, and pepper in a large dutch oven. Scramble fry the meat until there is no pink remaining. Try to make sure there are no lumps. When the meat is fully cooked, drain the excess fat off but leave the meat in the dutch oven.
  • Add the broth, cream, tomato sauce, Worcestershire sauce, beef bouillon powder, dijon mustard, onion powder, garlic powder, Italian seasoning, and paprika to the dutch oven and stir together. Allow this to come to a boil.
  • Add the pasta, stir, and simmer uncovered until al dente (about 10 minutes). Do not overcook the pasta.
  • Stir in 2 cups of cheese and allow this to melt.
  • Sprinkle the remaining cheese on top for serving.
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