Cheeseburger Casserole
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Healthier Hamburger Helper

This Healthier Instant Pot Homemade Hamburger Helper is a delicious one-pot spin off on one of your favourite childhood meals, and it's loaded with extra veggies for a well-rounded dinner idea! Make it in the pressure cooker or the stovetop, there are instructions listed for both methods!
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time35 mins
Course: Casserole
Cuisine: Comfort Food
Keyword: homemade hamburger helper
Servings: 6 servings
Calories: 452kcal


  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 lb extra-lean ground beef or ground chicken
  • 2 small yellow onions, diced
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 2 carrots, diced
  • 3 celery stalks, diced
  • 2 cups beef or chicken broth
  • 1 796mL can Diced tomatoes
  • 1 tsp dried basil
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 lb (about 4.5 cups) dry rotini pasta
  • 1 red pepper, diced
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1/2 cup parsley, chopped (optional)


  • Stovetop directions: In a large pot, heat olive oil over med-high heat. Add ground beef or chicken, onions and garlic, and cook until browned, about 4-5 min. Add in carrots, celery and red pepper, sauteeing for another 2-3 min. Add broth and tomatoes, along with basil, oregano and salt. Add dry pasta and cover with a lid, cooking on medium heat and stirring occasionally for 12-15 minutes until pasta is completely cooked and most of the liquid is absorbed. Stir in cheese and remove from heat. Top with parsley (optional) and serve!
  • Instant Pot: Add olive oil and ground beef to bottom of Instant Pot and break up meat with a slotted spoon. Add in remaining ingredients in order that they are listed above except for red pepper, cheese and parsley, adding in pasta last. Cook on high pressure for 3 minutes (Instant Pot will take about 15 minutes to preheat then cook the 3 minutes). Do a quick release of the pressure, then stir in red pepper, cheese and parsley. Let sit for 3-5 minutes for red pepper to steam, then serve and enjoy!



Calories: 452kcal | Carbohydrates: 39g | Protein: 29g | Fat: 20g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 6g | Cholesterol: 60mg | Sodium: 1058mg | Potassium: 519mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 3800IU | Vitamin C: 37.1mg | Calcium: 30mg | Iron: 3.2mg