Homemade Hamburger Helper Casserole

Skip the boxed meal and make a meaty, cheesy, noodle dinner that's not only better but homemade too.


  • 1 small yellow onion, diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 2 cups elbow macaroni
  • 1 1/2 cups heavy cream
  • 1 1/2 cups beef broth
  • 1 cup tomato sauce
  • 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1 cup chopped parsley


  1. Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add onions and garlic and cook until fragrant. Add ground beef and cook until brown. Add salt, pepper, paprika and cayenne and stir to combine.
  2. Add macaroni, cream, broth and tomato sauce and bring to a boil. Cook until pasta is tender, approximately 8 minutes, then reduce to a simmer. Add cheese and mix until melted. Remove from heat, top with parsley and serve immediately.