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Healthy Hamburger Helper

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Nicole Modic
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 30 mins
SERVES 6 Servings
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Say "bye-bye" to sad, boxed meals and "hello" to this gorgeous, healthy twist on your childhood favorite! My Healthy Hamburger Helper recipe is a light and simple twist on the American classic, and can easily be made gluten-free! Plus, this recipe comes together with only one pot, and in 30 minutes. Weeknight dinners have never been more easy, more delicious, or more nostalgic!


For the Hamburger Helper

  • 2 Tablespoons Extra-Virgin Olive Oil
  • 1 Medium Onion finely diced
  • 2 Medium Carrots scrubbed and cut into 1/4 inch rounds
  • 2 Cloves Garlic mashed
  • 1 Pound Lean Ground Beef
  • Salt and Pepper to taste
  • 1 Teaspoon Chili Powder
  • 1 Teaspoon Paprika
  • 1 Pound Macaroni Noodles
  • 3 Cups Broth chicken, beef, or vegetable broth all work well
  • 1 5 oz Container Greek Yogurt (or 3/4 cup)
  • 1 Tablespoon Ketchup
  • 1 1/2 Cups Sharp Cheddar Cheese grated

For the Garnishes

  • Chopped Parsley
  • Chopped Chives


  • Start by heating your oil in a large pot or dutch oven, on the stove, over medium heat.
  • While the oil is heating, prepare your veggies. Dice your onions, scrub and cut the carrots into 1/4 inch rounds, and mash the garlic.
  • Once the oil is hot, add in the prepared vegetables, stirring often until the onions start to soften. This should take abut 5 minutes.
  • Next, add in the beef and cook until no pink remains, making sure to break up the meat as you go. This should take about 10 minutes.
  • Then, add in a generous pinch of salt (approximately 1 teaspoon) and black pepper.
  • Stir in the chili powder and paprika, and cook for about another minute.
  • Next, add the pasta, broth, greek yogurt, and ketchup to the pot, stirring everything to combine.
  • Bring your mixture to a gentle boil over medium-high heat and simmer for about 5-8 minutes, until the pasta is al dente, making sure to stir often.
  • Once the pasta is al dente, remove the pot from the heat. Stir in your shredded cheese until it's nice and melted.
  • Plate your pasta, add garnishes of choice, and enjoy!

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