Healthy homemade hamburger helper recipe

A delicious and easy recipe for weeknights. This is a version of the beloved classic, with simple ingredients.


  • 1 lb ground beef
  • Worcestershire sauce
  • 14.5 oz canned fire-roasted tomatoes (or tomato sauce)
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon oregano
  • 1 cup almond milk
  • 1 1/2 cups water (more as needed)
  • 2 1/2 cups elbow pasta noodles
  • Shredded cheese for serving


  1. In a large saucepan, add the ground beef with a little olive oil and season well with salt and pepper. Brown well, and add a splash of Worcestershire sauce.
  2. Remove the beef and allow to drain on a plate lined with paper towels.
  3. In the saucepan, add the milk, water, tomatoes, and seasonings. Season well with salt and pepper and bring up to a boil.
  4. Reduce the heat to a simmer, add the noodles and beef, and cover.
  5. Cook according to package directions for the pasta, but keep in mind that it may take a little bit longer. You might need to add a little more water if the sauce gets too thick. Our noodles said they’d take 15 minutes but it took closer to 20 minutes.
  6. Stir in 1/2 – 1 cup shredded cheese (we used Mexican blend) and top with extra cheese to serve.


  • Feel free to switch it up with ground turkey and add extra veggies.


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