Sometimes I get odd cravings for things like canned alphagetti or hamburger helper..I’ll blame it on growing up in the 70’s haha.. I was really craving hamburger helper one day but I knew I had all the things in to make a homemade version so I saved myself the trip out to the grocery store and the $2 lol and created this delicious dish. It is so simple to make and the whole family can enjoy it. I used ground beef but if you want to save a few points feel free to use ground turkey or chicken. Makes 6 servings at 8SP per serving on both blue & green, if you use whole wheat pasta it is 5SP on purple.

Homemade hamburger helper

5 from 4 votes
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 6
8SP blue/green, 5SP purple *if using whole wheat pasta/ 7PP


  • 1 lb extra lean ground beef
  • 1.5 tsp dried thyme
  • 2 tsp onion powder
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 2 garlic cloves (minced)
  • Salt/pepper
  • 2 Tbsp tomato paste
  • 2 Tbsp corn starch
  • 2 cups beef broth
  • 1.5 cups 2% milk
  • 2 cups pasta (I used small shells *measured uncooked)
  • 1 cup reduced-fat shredded cheddar cheese


  • Cook the ground beef in a pan or skillet over medium heat, drain fat and return to pan.
  • Add in the tomato paste, all seasonings, garlic and the corn starch, mix well.
  • Stir in the broth and milk and then add the pasta, bring to a boil then reduce heat, cover with lid and let simmer for 9-12 minutes, stirring a couple of times..
  • Remove from heat and mix in the shredded cheese, cover again for a few minutes to let cheese melt and the sauce thicken.
  • Makes 6 heaping 1 cup servings.. *Note- you can swap out the ground beef for turkey/chicken to lower points on blue/purple


Smart points- green & blue- 8 using WW recipe builder
Smart points- purple- 5 using WW recipe builder
Points plus- 7 using PP calculator
Nutritional info per serving..Calories 280...Fat 9.3g..Sat fat 4.7g...Carbs 28.3g...Fiber 1.3g...Sugar 4.9g...Protein 20.5g using My Fitness pal *includes all ingredients
Author: Drizzle
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    Melanie Vandergaast Reply

    You may want to include the step that includes the minced garlic. It’s missing.

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      Drizzle Reply

      well it is part of “all the seasonings” but I did update it in case there is any confusion, thanks

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    Made this tonight for dinner and it was awesome!!! If you like hamburger helper you will love this! Also very little mess, my kind of meal. We will make this again and again for sure.

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      Drizzle Reply

      Hi Nicole, I am so glad you enjoyed the pasta dish, we all loved it here too!

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      Drizzle Reply

      Hi Shantelle, step #3 the pasta cooks once you add the broth and milk and simmer for 9-12 minutes

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      Drizzle Reply

      there is 2 tsp in the whole dish?? Sorry that it was too strong for you, each to their own I guess but really 2 tsp of a seasoning in a dish that size is not a lot

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    Loved that we can enjoy “Hamburger Helper” again, thanks to your healthier version!

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    Delish! A big hit with picky kids, I snuck some spinach and peppers in there too. Will make again for sure!

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      Drizzle Reply

      Awesome, I love when it is picky kid approved cause I myself have one of those haha

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    My husband and I love this! Have made it every week since you posted it. His coworkers are jealous when he hears up leftovers for lunch. Comes out great with nonfat milk too since that’s all I have.

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      Drizzle Reply

      Haha I love that!!! I’m so glad you both enjoy it 🙂

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    Ruth Taylor Reply

    I just saw this so I have not tried it yet but I have been looking for good recipes with less sodium and diet friendly that people say is really good so I will be trying this soon.

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    Family approved!! Perfect for that comfort food craving. I didn’t tell my husband it had reduced fat cheese until after he said he liked it lol Will definitely keep the recipe to make again. Thanks!

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    I input the ingredients in my WW builder and come out with 12 points on blue. I even used ground chicken breast. Not sure where this went wrong ;(

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      Drizzle Reply

      Hi Cindi, here is the breakdown in my App, sometimes products can vary but it should not be that high .. cornstarch 2, tomato paste 1, broth 1, milk 5, reduced fat cheese 12, extra lean ground beef 10, pasta (measured uncooked) 16

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