Grown Up Hamburger Helper



All I can say is, easy and YUMMY! I got this recipe after several people made it from Shelly, at Loves to Nom. I work 12 hour shifts several days a week, and am guilty of having DH make a hamburger helper dinner at times for when I get home. But this recipe, beats the boxed stuff by a million. AND it was easy enough for DH to make when I was at work. We have already had it twice since first making it, and now I make sure to always have the ingredients in the house. TRY IT RIGHT NOW!!!

FYI- This recipe makes a LOT of food…. my DH can eat a lot, but even he admits this makes a crazy amount of pasta. Shelly halved her recipe, but this is the full one below.


  • 4 cups pasta (I used penne, and loved it)
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 4 big tablespoons of grated onion
  • 4 teaspoons worcestershire sauce
  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • 3 tablespoons flour
  • 1 cup chicken stock
  • 2 cups of half and half
  • 1 tablespoon dijon mustard
  • 2 1/2 cups shredded colby jack cheese
  • Garnish: chopped dill pickles, diced tomatoes, or salsa (we omitted)



1. Boil a pot of water and add the pasta, cook per the box. Don’t drain until the rest is ready.
2. In a large skillet brown the meat. Add the onion and worcestershire then some salt and pepper. When fully cooked, remove to a paper plate and get rid of the grease.
3. In the same skillet, over medium heat, melt the butter. Whisk in the flour and cook for a minute. Whisk in the half and half and the chicken stock. Bring to a bubble and cook for a few minutes until it thickens up. Stir in the dijon. Add the cheese and keep stirring until all melted into gooey goodness. Add more salt and pepper.
4. Drain the pasta and add to the sauce skillet along with the meat. Serve with the dill pickles and tomatoes/salsa if you wish ( we did not!)

One Response to “Grown Up Hamburger Helper”

  1. I feel like a proud mama!! haha

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