Cheesy Hamburger Helper
Yield: 4 servings
Active Time: 15 minutes
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
This skillet meal is sure to be a new family favorite!

Ingredients for Single Meal

  • 1 - lb(s) ground beef
  • 1 - Tbsp minced onion
  • 1 - tsp garlic powder
  • 1 - 15 oz. can(s) tomato sauce
  • 1 - Tbsp Italian seasoning
  • 12 - oz. pasta**
  • 2 - cup(s) beef stock**
  • - Salt and pepper
  • 2 - cup(s) shredded mild cheddar cheese**
  • Side: - veggies**
  • 1 - gallon-size freezer baggie(s)
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Cooking Directions for Single Meal

  1. Open the cans of tomato sauce.
  2. In a large skillet, brown the ground beef with the minced onion and garlic powder. Drain and return to skillet. Stir in the tomato sauce and Italian seasoning, and bring to bubbling. Then pour in the pasta and the beef stock. Press the pasta into the beef stock, cover and simmer over medium low heat for 10 minutes, or until pasta is softened.
  3. Remove from heat immediately to keep pasta from overcooking. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Sprinkle shredded cheese over the beef-pasta mixture.
  4. Prepare veggies.
  5. Serve Cheesy Hamburger Helper with veggies.

Freezeasy Meal Prep Directions

  1. Brown 2 lbs. ground beef with 2 Tbsp minced onion and 2 tsp garlic powder. Let cool.
  2. Open 2 cans of tomato sauce.

To each gallon-size plastic freezer baggie, add the following ingredients:

  • Half of the browned ground beef
  • 1 - 15 oz. can tomato sauce
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1 Tbsp Italian seasoning

Remove as much air as possible and seal. Add label to baggie and freeze.

Freeze & Thaw Instructions

Put baggie in the freezer and freeze up to 6 months in fridge freezer or 12 months in a deep freezer. Thaw in the fridge overnight, or a warm bowl of water for about 20 minutes, before transferring to a large skillet and reheating. Once bubbling, add the pasta and beef stock, cover and simmer for 10 minutes, or until pasta is cooked. Top with shredded cheese before serving.

Dairy-Free Modifications

Unfortunately, there is not a great dairy-free option for this meal.

Gluten-Free Modifications

Recipe is gluten-free when made with gluten-free pasta.

Printable Label Recipe Title

Cheesy Hamburger Helper

Printable Label Instructions

Thaw and reheat contents of baggie in large skillet. Once warmed, add 12 oz. pasta and 2 cups beef stock, cover and simmer for 10 minutes, or until pasta is cooked. Top with shredded cheese.
Serve with veggies.