Easy Homemade Hamburger Helper


  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 large onion, diced
  • 3 medium carrots, diced
  • 1/2 tsp salt

  • 1/4 tsp black pepper
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 lb lean ground beef
  • 2-3 tsp hot sauce

  • 1 tsp Dijon mustard
  • 2 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1 (14-oz) can beef broth
  • 2 cups water
  • 8 oz whole wheat pasta
  • 1/2 cup Greek yogurt
  • 1 1/2 cups cheddar cheese, grated
  • 1/4 cup chives, chopped (optional)


  1. Heat oil in a Dutch oven or large skillet. Add onion, carrot, salt, and pepper. Cook until onion is soft and brown (about 10 minutes).
  2. Add garlic and cook until fragrant (about 30 seconds).
  3. Increase heat and add ground beef. Break into small pieces and cook until browned (about 6 minutes).
  4. Drain excess fat.
  5. Stir in hot sauce, Dijon, and paprika.
  6. Add beef broth and scrape up any browned bits.
  7. Add water and bring to a boil.

  8. Add pasta and cook according to package instructions, stirring often.
  9. Remove from heat and let cool for 1 minute.
  10. Stir in Greek yogurt and cheddar cheese.
  11. Sprinkle with chives and enjoy!


  • Refrigerate leftovers for up to 3 days.
  • Reheat in a Dutch oven over medium-low heat.
  • Freeze for up to 3 months. Thaw overnight before reheating.


  • Browning the vegetables adds flavor.

  • Use whole wheat pasta for added nutrition.
  • Grate your own cheddar cheese for a smoother melt.


Hi! I’m Debbi!

I am no chef, I am just a mom who loves to eat good food. I enjoy making healthy, low calorie meals without compromising taste. It’s not all healthy here but I do try!


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