Macro Friendly Hamburger Helper

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Macro Friendly Hamburger Helper

Everyone needs a fast, one pan dinner in their back pocket and this is one of mine! Everyone seems to love this recipe and I can't blame them. It's a classic hamburger helper with a tomato-cheesy-pasta-beefy taste that always tastes great. Keep the fat grams low by using 94/6 ground beef.
servings 4 servings
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes


  • 1 cup yellow onion chopped
  • 1 pound extra lean ground beef 96/4
  • salt & pepper to taste
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 1 cup tomato sauce
  • 2 1/2 cups beef broth
  • 8 oz elbow macaroni 1/2 pound
  • 2 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground mustard
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 3/4 cup fat free evaporated milk divided
  • 2 oz grated sharp cheddar cheese


  • Spray a large nonstick skillet with nonstick cooking spray and place over medium heat. Add onion, ground beef, salt and pepper. Break beef apart as it cooks and onions soften.
  • Once beef is completely cooked, add in tomato paste, tomato sauce, beef broth, macaroni, spices and 1/2 cup evaporated milk. Cover and cook over medium to medium low heat, stirring occasionally to ensure pasta is cooking evenly. If you notice the pan is looking dry before the pasta is cooked, you can definitely add 1/2 cup extra broth.
  • Once pasta is cooked to al dente, stir in remaining evaporated milk and grated cheese. Taste, add salt and pepper if needed, divide into four even portions and serve.


The more accurate macros for 1 serving (1/4th of this recipe) are as follows: 496 calories, 10.1g F/58.8g C/42g P.


Calories: 518kcal | Carbohydrates: 59g | Protein: 42g | Fat: 12g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 4g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 87mg | Sodium: 1212mg | Potassium: 1174mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 13g | Vitamin A: 797IU | Vitamin C: 10mg | Calcium: 300mg | Iron: 5mg
Course: Dinner
Cuisine: American

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  1. Rebeccah

    Hi! How would this work out with whole milk or plain soy milk? This sounds good and I think my kids would love it but I don’t have evaporated milk on hand.