Believe it or not, we used to eat the boxed stuff….a lot.
Because it was easy & quick and looked like the perfect homemade meal at the end of a busy day. That was, until our daughter was diagnosed with Celiac Disease, and we realized many of our go-to quick meals were filled with not only gluten, but a long list of other questionable ingredients too.
At the time, she had just turned seven and this was one of her favorite meals. For all the moms out there, you know how picky they can be at this age and you do whatever you can to have a peaceful mealtime, right?! So I quickly had to get creative and come up with a replacement.
This easy hamburger helper comes together in one pan, with only a handful of ingredients. Add a salad or some roasted veggies on the side for a well rounded, easy weeknight meal.
Homemade Hamburger Helper
- 1lb lean ground beef
- 2 cups of your favorite marinara sauce
- 2 cups beef broth
- 1/2 tsp garlic powder
- 1/2 tsp onion powder
- 3/4 tsp salt
- pepper to taste
- 2 cups GF pasta of your choice(we use Barilla GF Elbows)
- Optional: 1 cup of cheddar cheese shreds(regular or vegan) for a “cheeseburger” hamburger helper
- Brown ground beef in a large skillet on medium heat breaking into small pieces. Drain any excess grease.
- Add spaghetti sauce, broth, and seasonings to the pan and mix well.
- Stir in pasta and bring to a boil. Cover and lower the heat to let simmer until pasta is cooked. Depending on what type of pasta you use, follow the time according to the package directions, usually 10-12 minutes. Stir occasionally.
- Once pasta is cooked through, uncover. Sauce will thicken as it stands. If using cheese, stir in until melted.
Feel free to sub out the dried spices for fresh. Saute 1/2 diced onion and 1 tsp minced garlic with the ground beef.