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Real Food Homemade Hamburger Helper Cheeseburger Pasta

A classic homestyle, American favorite gets a healthy and delicious upgrade! This Homemade Hamburger Helper Cheeseburger Pasta is made with real food ingredients! If you love traditional cheeseburger pasta, you'll flip for this healthier pasta recipe. 

Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Yield 6 servings
Calories 423 kcal
Author The Gracious Pantry


  • 1 tbsp. olive oil
  • 1 lb. ground beef or turkey
  • 1 tbsp. clean eating hamburger helper mix (see link above)
  • 2 cups milk
  • 1 cup water
  • 2 cups dry whole grain macaroni (or rotini)
  • 2 cups cheddar cheese
US Customary - Metric


  1. Warm the olive oil in a large skillet (one with a lid) and brown the beef or turkey.

  2. Stir in the milk, water, pasta and seasoning mix.

  3. Cover and simmer for about 20 minutes or until the pasta is cooked.

  4. Stir in your cheese and keep stirring until it has melted and you have a cheesy sauce.

  5. Now you can adjust your seasonings with salt, pepper, or even more seasoning mix if you prefer a stronger flavor.

  6. Cool slightly and serve.

Recipe Notes

Please note that the nutrition data below is a ballpark figure. Exact data is not possible. Also, the data below does not include the hamburger helper mix. Please visit that recipe for the nutrition data for that.

Nutrition Facts
Real Food Homemade Hamburger Helper Cheeseburger Pasta
Amount Per Serving
Calories 423 Calories from Fat 171
% Daily Value*
Fat 19g29%
Saturated Fat 10g63%
Cholesterol 89mg30%
Sodium 312mg14%
Potassium 438mg13%
Carbohydrates 29g10%
Sugar 4g4%
Protein 34g68%
Vitamin A 530IU11%
Calcium 379mg38%
Iron 2.1mg12%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.