Homemade Hamburger Helper

I know… this is NOT soup. So, why is it on a soup blog? Because it’s important to be educated in all types of cuisines including the ones that mimic sort of gross boxed pasta with questionable seasoning packets. Let’s move on…

I used to love it when my mom would make Hamburger Helper for dinner when I was a child. I would request it every week like it was taco Tuesday.

I remember a couple of years ago, after getting over my infatuation for Hamburger Helper, I wanted to recall it’s deliciousness and make it again.

The honest answer, it was gross. If I wasn’t sober, it might have been better but after that encounter, I wanted to try to make it from scratch.

I’ve had homemade Hamburger Helper before. I googled homemade versions and found that there weren’t too many steps to making this better.

Also, this is the lasagna version because that was the flavor that I grew up eating. If you’re into a different flavor, you’ll have to google a different recipe.

The recipe I used comes from Jo Cooks One Pot Hamburger Helper Lasagna

I’ve modified her recipe to match my preferences and I also used ingredients that I had in my kitchen already. For example, the typical Lasagna Hamburger Helper uses Mafalda pasta but I had a box of trio pasta, I added Parmesan as well as fresh spinach. In my recipe, I used pizza sauce because I didn’t have any marinara and still tasted top-notch.

Prep Time: 5 Minutes Cook Time: 25 minutes

What You Will Need:

  • 1 lb Ground Turkey
  • 1 Small Onion, diced
  • 4-5 Cloves of Garlic, minced
  • 1 Tablespoon of Italian Seasoning
  • 2 cups of Marinara Sauce
  • 8 oz of any Pasta of your Choice
  • 3 cups of Chicken Broth
  • 1/2 cup of Mozzarella Cheese
  • 1/2 cup of Parmesan Cheese
  • 4-5 cups of Fresh Spinach

The How-To:

  1. Start by browning the ground turkey. If you’re using a fattier meat, you may want to drain the fat afterward.
  2. Add onion and cook until almost translucent. Add garlic and Italian seasoning and cook for 1-2 minutes.
  3. Add the marinara sauce, chicken broth, and pasta. Stir until well combined. Bring this to a boil, then turn down the heat and cook for 15 minutes or until the pasta is fully cooked. You will also notice that the sauce has thickened quite significantly.
  4. Stir in the Mozzarella and the Parmesan cheese until they have melted.
  5. Then wilt the spinach. This will take 1-2 minutes.
  6. Add salt and pepper to taste.
  7. Serve and Dobrou Chut’!

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