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Homemade Hamburger Helper
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Homemade Hamburger Helper {One Pot}

This Healthier Homemade Hamburger Helper is a delicious one-pot spin off on your favourite childhood meal - it's got extra veggies, too!
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time35 mins
Course: Casserole
Cuisine: Comfort Food
Servings: 6 servings
Calories: 589kcal


  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 lb extra-lean ground beef or ground chicken
  • 2 small yellow onions, diced
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 3 celery stalks, diced
  • 1 red pepper, diced
  • 6 cups beef or chicken broth
  • 1 796mL can Finely diced tomatoes if you can't find finely diced, use an immersion blender to roughly blend them for a second or twice - you still want some chunks but you want it to be in between a dice and puree
  • 1 tsp dried basil
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp pepper
  • 1 lb dry rotini pasta (4 cups of dry pasta)
  • 1/4 cup sour cream
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1/4 cup parsley, chopped (optional)


Stovetop instructions

  • In a large deep skillet, heat olive oil over med-high heat. Add onions and garlic, sauteeing for 2 minutes until fragrant. Add ground beef and cook until browned, another 2 min. Add celery and red pepper, sauteeing for another 2-3 min.
  • Add dried basil, oregano, salt and pepper, sauteeing another 30 seconds before adding broth and diced tomatoes. Stir to combine, then add dry pasta and bring to a boil, cooking on medium heat and stirring occasionally for about 15 minutes until pasta is completely cooked and most of the liquid is absorbed.
  • Stir in sour cream and cheese, then remove from heat. Top with parsley (optional), then serve and enjoy!

Instant Pot instructions

  • Add olive oil to Instant Pot and turn to saute mode. When oil is hot, add onions, garlic and ground beef, breaking up with a spoon and sauteeing for 4-5 minutes until browned.
  • Add in remaining ingredients in order that they are listed except for sour cream, 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 sour cream and cheese, garnishing with parsley. Serve and enjoy!



Calories: 589kcal | Carbohydrates: 67g | Protein: 34g | Fat: 20g | Saturated Fat: 9g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 8g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 74mg | Sodium: 1491mg | Potassium: 961mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 8g | Vitamin A: 1117IU | Vitamin C: 40mg | Calcium: 248mg | Iron: 5mg