Homemade Cheeseburger Macaroni Hamburger Helper

READY IN: 22mins
Recipe by MDMama

We like Hamburger Helper but we don't like the MSG or other icky ingredients! You can prepare "sauce packets" ahead of time to save time. Increase/alter seasonings and/or cheese to suit your tastes!

Top Review by CoCo Ann

Absolutley wonderful!!!
I followed the recipe exactly. I did use whole wheat macaroni pasta and the kraft american/cheddar cheese blend. Excellent, Excellent, Excellent!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I am making up baggies with the "sauce packet" blend for future use.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Brown ground beef in a large skillet. Drain.
  2. Add hot water, milk, pasta and "sauce packet" ingredients.
  3. Bring to a boil, cover, reduce heat and simmer 12 minutes or until pasta is tender.
  4. In the last few minutes of cook time, add cheese, stir and re-cover.
  5. When pasta is tender and cheese is melted, remove heat and uncover.
  6. Let stand about 5 minutes. Sauce will thicken as it stands.
  7. Top with additional cheese if you like.

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