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A pan of Homemade Cheeseburger Hamburger Helper garnished with fresh parsley.

Homemade Cheeseburger Hamburger Helper


This Homemade Cheeseburger Hamburger Helper recipe is a one-pan wonder that’s not only easy to make, but also packed with flavor. While the boxed version may have its place in a pinch, this homemade rendition takes things to a whole new level.


  • 1 pound ground beef (80/20)
  • 12-ounces Cavatappi or elbow macaroni
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 2 teaspoons onion powder
  • 2 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 2 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 tablespoon flour
  • 2 cups chicken or beef stock
  • 1 1/2 cups heavy whipping cream
  • 4-ounces Velveeta cheese
  • 1 1/2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
  • 2 tablespoons fresh chopped parsley, for garnish


  1. Start by browning the ground beef in a deep saucepan. 
  2. Once fully-cooked, drain all but 2 teaspoons of the fat.
  3. Season with the salt, black pepper, onion powder, garlic powder and paprika.
  4. Stir to coat.
  5. Sprinkle on the flour. Stir and allow the raw flour taste to cook off for a minute or two.
  6. Turn up the heat and pour in the stock and heavy cream. Mix.
  7. Bring to a heavy simmer. Add the pasta. Mix.
  8. Cover. Turn down the heat. Simmer until the pasta cooks to al dente. (About 8 minutes).
  9. Add in the Velveeta cheese. Allow to melt. 
  10. Sprinkle in the shredded cheddar. Stir to melt.
  11. If the sauce seems too thick, add a touch more stock or cream. Mix.
  12. Serve immediately garnished with fresh chopped parsley.
  13. ENJOY!

Homemade Cheeseburger Hamburger Helper Recipe! This homemade version of a classic Hamburger Helper is rich, creamy and incredibly delicious! An easy, one-pan dinner the entire family will love in only 20 minutes! The ultimate in comfort food! #hamburgerhelper #cheeseburger #onepanmeal #whatsfordinner #dinnerideas #familyfriendly #quickdinner #foodtiktok #comfortfood #pastarecipe #groundbeef

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  • ground turkey or ground chicken are great substitutes for ground beef
  • add additional seasoning to your liking
  • add minced onions and/or garlic
  • beef stock can be used instead of chicken
  • milk is a great substitute for the heavy cream
  • cook the pasta just to al dente, as the pasta will continue cooking while incorporating the cheese
  • if the sauce seems too thick at any point, add in small amounts of stock or heavy whipping cream
  • see post for additional notes and tips
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Category: Dinner
  • Method: Easy
  • Cuisine: American

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