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Homemade Hamburger Helper (with Egg Noodles)

Homemade Hamburger Helper – Need a quick dinner that will feed a crowd? Then try our one-skillet homemade hamburger helper recipe made with pantry staples!

If you’re anything like us, then you’ve been cooking a lot over the last few days. To be honest, we could all use a little break. So, for today, we’re sharing Kim’s homemade hamburger helper. Since our recipe has all the flavor of the boxed version, you know it will be a crowd pleaser.

It’s a quick, tasty dinner that only takes about 30-minutes to prepare. Best of all, it uses pantry staples like canned tomato sauce. We like to make this for an easy dinner with a side of Instant Pot Steamed Broccoli or Roasted Brussel Sprouts.

A top-down view of the cheesy beef pasta in a bowl.

How to make Homemade Hamburger Helper:

First, in a large skillet, combine the ground beef, diced onion, Worcestershire sauce, garlic powder, and chili powder.

Place the skillet over medium heat and cook the beef until it’s completely done (no pink spots).

Ground beef and other ingredients cooked in a skillet.

Next, open the can of tomato sauce and add it to the skillet. Also, pour in the beef broth and egg noodles.

After that, stir the ingredients to combine everything and bring the liquid to a simmer.

Egg noodles and other ingredients added to the cooked beef.

Now, cover the skillet with a lid and let the noodles cook for 5-6 minutes. Afterward, remove the lid, stir the mixture and let it continue cooking (uncovered) for another 5-7 minutes.

Then, once the noodles are tender, turn off the heat and stir in the cheese. Do a taste test and add salt and pepper if needed.

Shredded cheese added to the cooked noodles and beef.

Last, serve the cheesy beef pasta while it’s still hot. Any leftovers can be stored in a sealed container, in your fridge, for up to 3-days.

That’s it, your homemade hamburger helper is done! Kim and I hope you enjoy it and wish you all the best 🙂

The finished beef pasta in the skillet.

Homemade Hamburger Helper Tips and FAQs:

  • Keep an eye on the egg noodles while they simmer. If not, the noodles may overcook and become soft and mushy.
  • You’ll need 10-12 inch non-stick skillet to prepare this recipe. I don’t recommend using a cast iron skillet unless you’re confident the noodles won’t stick.
  • For our recipe, we used Colby Jack cheese. But, you can use cheddar, Monterrey Jack, or any other cheese you prefer.

Do you need milk to make homemade hamburger helper?

No, you do not need milk for our recipe. The mixture of tomato sauce and beef broth will work just fine.

How do you make good Hamburger Helper?

Back when I used to make the boxed versions, I added extra ingredients like sour cream, green chilies, and diced onion and peppers. In short, look at the flavor you purchased, then add pantry staples that will compliment the boxed mix.
An aerial view of the beef pasta in a bowl with a spoon.
Yield: 6 Cups

Homemade Hamburger Helper

The homemade hamburger helper served in a green bowl.

Need a quick dinner that will feed a crowd? Then try our one-skillet homemade hamburger helper recipe made with pantry staples!

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes


  • 1 Pound Lean Ground Beef (We used 93/7.)
  • ½ Cup White Onion (about half a medium onion)
  • 1 Tablespoon Worcestershire Sauce
  • ½ Teaspoon Garlic Powder
  • ¼ Teaspoon Chili Powder
  • 8 Ounces Tomato Sauce (1 can)
  • 3 Cups Beef Broth
  • 8 Ounces Wide Egg Noodles
  • 2 Cups Colby Jack Cheese, shredded
  • Salt and Pepper to Taste


  1. Heat a large skillet over medium. Add the ground beef, onion, Worcestershire sauce, garlic powder, and chili powder. Cook until the ground beef is cooked through and no longer pink. If desired, drain any excess grease.
  2. Add the tomato sauce, beef broth, and egg noodles. Stir to combine, and increase the heat to high. Allow the liquid to come to a boil, then reduce to a simmer. Cover and cook for 5-6 minutes.
  3. After 5-6 minutes, uncover and stir. Continue to cook uncovered for an additional 5-7 minutes or until the noodles are tender.
  4. Remove from heat, and add the cheese. Stir until the cheese is melted. Taste, and add salt and pepper if needed.
  5. Serve hot. Store any leftovers in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.


*The calories listed are an approximation based on the ingredients in the recipe card and a serving size of 1-cup of the homemade hamburger helper. Actual calories will vary.

*For more information and tips, please refer to the post.

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Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:

1 Cup

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 413Total Fat: 23gSaturated Fat: 12gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 9gCholesterol: 116mgSodium: 1035mgCarbohydrates: 15gFiber: 1gSugar: 3gProtein: 35g

*The calories are an estimate and are based on the ingredients and serving size listed. The calories can vary depending on the brand of product purchased.

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Saturday 5th of February 2022

I subbed a can of Campbell’s tomato soup. Didn’t have an onion so added onion powder. Also a bit of beef consommé. Used some hatch chili cheddar from Aldi. Gluten free Penne. Yum!!!


Saturday 5th of February 2022

Hi Julie!

That sounds amazing! We're so glad it worked out with the substitutions. Have a great weekend! :)

Karen Carpenter

Saturday 16th of October 2021

I just made this tonight but didn’t have tomato sauce; I subbed with the amount of white sauce instead and it’s JUST as good. Thank you so much!


Saturday 16th of October 2021

That's great to hear, Karen! We're glad the white sauce worked out in place of tomato sauce. Thanks so much for coming back to comment. We hope you have a lovely weekend! :)

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