Elevated Hamburger Helper Recipe

Elevated Hamburger Helper Recipe

How To Make Elevated Hamburger Helper

Give your store-bought hamburger helper a twist with this simple recipe. Use flavorful spices instead of preservatives garnished with parsley.

Preparation: 10 minutes
Cooking: 35 minutes
Total: 45 minutes



  • 8ozbacon,chopped
  • 1small yellow onion,chopped
  • ½cupred bell pepper,minced
  • 1cupcarrots,shredded
  • 2garlic cloves,grated
  • 1lblean ground beef
  • kosher salt,to taste
  • 1tbspsmoked paprika
  • 2tbsptomato paste,preferable double-concentrated
  • 1cantomato,petite, diced
  • 3cupsbeef stock
  • 2cupswhole milk
  • 1lbpasta shells,or short noodles of choice
  • 2cupsgouda cheese,shredded, smoked
  • 2cupscheddar cheese,shredded
  • fresh parsley,for garnish


  1. Add the bacon to a large pot. Turn the heat to medium-high and cook until crisp for 5 to 7 minutes.

  2. Using a slotted spoon, transfer the bacon to a paper towel-lined plate to drain. Discard all but 1 tablespoon of the rendered bacon fat in the pot.

  3. Reduce the heat to medium and add the onion to the pot. Cook until softened for 5 to 7 minutes.

  4. Add the red bell pepper, carrots, and garlic. Cook until softened for 2 to 3 minutes more.

  5. Increase the heat to medium-high and add the ground beef to the pan. Break up the beef with a spatula and cook until browned for about 5 minutes. Season with salt.

  6. Add the paprika and tomato paste. Cook until fragrant and the tomato paste turns brick-red in color for 2 to 3 minutes.

  7. Add the diced tomatoes, beef stock, and milk and bring to a low boil.

  8. Once the liquid is boiling, add the pasta shells. Cover and cook for about 10 minutes, stirring occasionally until the noodles are al dente and they have absorbed most of the liquid.

  9. Remove the pot from the heat. Stir in the Gouda and cheddar cheeses until melted.

  10. Fold in the cooked bacon. Garnish with parsley if desired.

  11. Serve immediately. Enjoy!


  • Calories: 1549.67kcal
  • Fat: 88.71g
  • Saturated Fat: 41.17g
  • Trans Fat: 2.19g
  • Monounsaturated Fat: 31.01g
  • Polyunsaturated Fat: 6.68g
  • Carbohydrates: 105.63g
  • Fiber: 6.95g
  • Sugar: 17.06g
  • Protein: 79.95g
  • Cholesterol: 259.01mg
  • Sodium: 1908.62mg
  • Calcium: 1068.61mg
  • Potassium: 1670.18mg
  • Iron: 6.17mg
  • Vitamin A: 701.51µg
  • Vitamin C: 43.61mg
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