Simple Healthy Homemade Hamburger Helper Skillet: A boxed classic has been given a healthy upgrade, but yet still comes together in one pan for an easy, pleasing family meal. 

Homemade Hamburger Helper Skillet

An easy skillet dinner has been given a healthy upgrade, but yet still comes together in one pan, making this homemade hamburger helper a perfect weeknight meal. 
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Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: American Goulash, Homemade Hamburger Helper
Prep Time: 2 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 22 minutes
Servings: 6
Calories: 358kcal
Author: Kristen Chidsey


  • 1 pound ground sirloin or turkey
  • 1 6 ounce can of tomato paste
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 8 ounce can of tomato sauce
  • 3 1/2 cups MSG free low-sodium beef broth
  • 2 cups dried whole wheat elbow macaroni noodles
  • 1 teaspoon Worchestire sauce


  • Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add in the meat and brown up, breaking up into small pieces. Once meat is cooked, drain off any fat and return to heat.
  • Add tomato paste and seasonings. Cook for 2 minutes to develop flavor. Add in tomato sauce and beef broth and bring to a boil.
  • Add in noodles and turn down to medium heat. Cook for 10-12 minutes, stirrinng occasionally, or until noodles cooked through and sauce is absorbed.
  • Stir in Worschestire sauce and serve.


  • Sometimes, I go crazy and sub out half the beef broth for milk and add in grated cheddar cheese at the end for a Cheeseburger Hamburger Helper. I have even given this Bacon Cheeseburger Pasta a try for a fabulous family dinner.
  • If your family is not opposed to onions or garlic in their food, saute 1 small onion and 1 teaspoon fresh garlic with the beef and omit the onion powder and garlic powder.
  • If you don't have Worschestire Sauce, you can use soy sauce or fish sauce for a rich finish as well.
  • Feel free to sub out ground turkey, pork or chicken for the beef in this goulash recipe.
  • Of course you had use gluten-free noodles for a Gluten Free Version of Hamburger Helper. I will say if going this route, it is best to use Barilla Gluten-Free Noodles--most gluten-free noodles brands give off too much starch to cook in the sauce. I have used Barilla brand many times with great success. 
Nutrition Facts
Homemade Hamburger Helper Skillet
Amount Per Serving
Calories 358 Calories from Fat 108
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 12g 18%
Saturated Fat 4g 20%
Cholesterol 51mg 17%
Sodium 920mg 38%
Potassium 761mg 22%
Total Carbohydrates 37g 12%
Dietary Fiber 2g 8%
Sugars 3g
Protein 23g 46%
Vitamin A 7%
Vitamin C 3.6%
Calcium 2.7%
Iron 15%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.