copycat hamburger helper recipeUsing this recipe, you can make your own homemade Hamburger Helper Beef Pasta copycat meal. When I was a kid, Beef Pasta Hamburger Helper was a family favorite (at least for the kids.) Now most any pre-packaged meal seems so unhealthy as I’m pretty sure there is a preservative in there somewhere. I’m not sure if that is the case with Hamburger Helper, but I remember it having so much flavor. Then I started thinking of a hack, what if I were to make the mix homemade and add hamburger and noodles wouldn’t it be much healthier?  I started looking through my copycat cookbooks and on the internet for the recipe.  First, you know exactly what is in your dinner and it’s fresher and most likely has better ingredients than what you might have found at the grocery store.

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Here’s the best I could do with my easy Hamburger Helper copycat but I think I did pretty good! Let me know how you like it or how you adapted it to your own liking.

Our Homemade Hamburger Helper with Egg Noodles – Beef Pasta Version


  • 1 lb lean ground beef
  • 3 cups hot water
  • 3 beef bouillon cubes
  • 1 small diced onion
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 garlic clove (minced)
  • 1 teaspoon cornstarch
  • 8 ounces egg noodles


To start your beef pasta, brown ground beef with garlic and onion and drain. Mix hot water with bullion, cornstarch, salt, pepper and Worcestershire sauce together in bowl. Move browned beef and garlic to a pot and add liquid from bowl. Bring to a boil. Add egg noodles and cook until tender (about 15 minutes). Serve.

Don’t take my word for it, grab your skillet and try these recipes and hacks!  It’s quick, easy and delicious.  Who doesn’t have 30 minutes to make a meal?  Ok, most moms… I get it, but it is a healthier option than take out or fast food and tastes better.

1. What is Homemade Hamburger Helper?

Homemade Hamburger Helper is a healthier, tastier, and fresh version of the boxed Hamburger Helper. It typically consists of ground beef, pasta, and a savory sauce, with variations including different types of cheeses, spices, and other ingredients for added flavor.

2. Can I substitute the ground beef in Homemade Hamburger Helper?

Yes, you can substitute the ground beef with other proteins like ground turkey, chicken, or a vegetarian alternative like lentils or plant-based ground meat substitutes.

3. How long does it take to cook Homemade Hamburger Helper?

Homemade Hamburger Helper usually takes about 30 minutes to cook, making it a quick and convenient meal option.

4. How can I store leftover Homemade Hamburger Helper?

Leftover Homemade Hamburger Helper can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to four days. To reheat, you can use a microwave or warm it up in a pan over low heat.

5. Can I make Homemade Hamburger Helper ahead of time?

Yes, you can prepare Homemade Hamburger Helper ahead of time. Cook it as per the recipe instructions, allow it to cool, and then store it in the refrigerator. When ready to serve, reheat on the stove or in the microwave.

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  1. LB Johnson

    This was awesome. The second time I made it I replaced half the water with milk and added a pinch of nutmeg and crushed red pepper. My husband loved that.

  2. Family Elf

    That looks really good. I need to try it and I have always loved Hamburger Helper. Thanks for sharing this recipe.

  3. I have tried A LOT of mock Hamburger Helper recipes. There is not one that has actually tasted like the boxed kind.

    This one totally does. My young HH addict self is thrilled. Thank you!!

  4. Fantastic recipe, I will have to give it a go. My son will love it!

  5. I am very picky when it comes to pasta recipes since I am Italian. This one looks good, I might try it

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