Convenience box meals are easy to recreate. You can have a healthy, one-pot, dinner on the table in no time with these homemade hamburger helper recipes.

Homemade Hamburger Helper-Quick and Easy Pasta Dinners

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Convenience box meals are easy to recreate. You can have a healthy, one-pot, dinner on the table in no time with these homemade hamburger helper recipes. All the recipes start the same way, and you can change them up to fit what works for your family’s taste! Talk about easy dinner ideas!

Convenience box meals are easy to recreate. You can have a healthy, one-pot, dinner on the table in no time with these homemade hamburger helper recipes.

Quick and easy dinner solutions for tonight

Start with any shape pasta you like, anything will work to make an easy dinner. Next brown up some meat. You can use a pound of ground beef, a couple of chicken breasts, a steak, whatever you like. You can even use canned tuna or chicken.

Here are a bunch of easy homemade hamburger helper meals for you to make for your family. You can change the combinations in any way you like, any of the sauces will work with any of the meat and vegetables, so experiment and find out what works.

Easy dinner recipes

Remember you can grate up the veggies if your family is not open to trying new things. If you have a red sauce, you can hide just about anything. If you have a white sauce you can hide grated cauliflower, yellow squash or any other white veggie. You can dehydrate greens, click here to see how, and hide them in most anything, they look like dried herbs.

You can also cook rice and use that instead of pasta if you cook rice well and prefer it. Do what works for you and your family. In addition to warm pasta easy dinner meals, you can also make many of these into pasta salad by leaving out the sauce and adding some vinegar and oil or mayonnaise to the dinner instead.

Once you learn the easy homemade hamburger helper dinner concept, you can get creative and make your own combinations!

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Chicken hamburger helper

homemade hamburger helper beginnings of tuna casserole
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Kids cooking school is fun and rewarding! This Lotsa Pasta recipe was a huge hit here at Little Sprouts. Even the picky eaters like it. 
Creamy Chicken, Bacon and Pea Pasta “Hamburger Helper”
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
20 mins
Total Time
30 mins
 

Chicken and veggie pasta with a creamy sauce.

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: bacon, chicken, homemade hamburger helper, pasta, peas
Servings: 4
Author: Christina
Ingredients
  • 3 slices bacon chopped into small pieces
  • 1 pkg pasta of your choice
  • 1 pound chicken breast
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1 clove garlic, crushed
  • 1 tsp. dried thyme or dill
  • 1 bag frozen peas
  • 1/2 C. milk
  • 1/2 C. sour cream
  • 1 pkg cream cheese or plain Greek yogurt
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1/2 C. parmesan cheese, grated
Instructions
  1. Cook pasta according to package directions and dump into colander to drain. 

  2. Add bacon to pan. Cook on medium heat until crispy. Remove from pan and set aside on plate lined with a paper towel to drain. 
  3. In same pan with bacon fat, cook chicken on medium heat until no longer pink in center, or to 165 degrees. You can also poke chicken with a fork and if the juices run clear, it’s done. Remove cooked chicken from pan and set aside. 
  4. Cut up onion and cook in pan on medium heat until tender and translucent. 
  5. Add garlic, herbs of choice, milk, sour cream (or cream cheese or yogurt), salt, pepper and grated parmesan cheese. Stir and cook until thick and bubbly. Sauce can be thinned with pasta water, chicken stock, water or milk.
  6. Add peas and cook until just warmed through.

  7.  Slice or shred chicken and add to pan. 
  8. Add pasta and bacon. Stir until mixed well.
homemade hamburger helper beginnings, cheese, onions, herbs, sour cream and peas

Garlic Butter Chicken and Peas Pasta (Hamburger Helper)

Chicken and veggie pasta with garlic butter sauce

Ingredients

  • 1 pkg pasta, your choice
  • 1 pound chicken breast
  • 2 T. butter
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1 clove garlic, crushed
  • 1 tsp. dried thyme or dill
  • 1 bag frozen peas
  • 1/2 C. parmesan cheese, grated

Instructions

  1. Cook pasta according to package directions and dump into colander to drain. 
  2. Add butter to pan. 
  3. Cook chicken on medium heat until no longer pink in center, or to 165 degrees. You can also poke chicken with a fork and if the juices run clear, it’s done. 
  4. Remove cooked chicken from pan and set aside. 
  5. Cut up onion and cook in pan on medium heat until tender and translucent. 
  6. Add garlic, herbs of choice, salt, pepper and grated parmesan cheese. 
  7. Stir and cook until well combined. 
  8. Add peas and cook until just warmed through. 
  9. Slice or shred chicken and add to pan. 
  10. Add pasta. Stir until mixed well.   

Beef and Corn Pasta (Hamburger Helper)

Pasta with beef and corn.

Ingredients

  • 1 pkg pasta of your choice
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 2 T. butter
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1 clove garlic, crushed
  • 1 tsp. dried thyme or dill
  • 1 bag frozen corn or 4 ears fresh corn with kernels cut off
  • 1/2 C. grated parmesan cheese

Instructions

  1. Cook pasta according to package directions and dump into colander to drain. 
  2. Add butter to pan. 
  3. Cook ground beef on medium heat until browned. 
  4. Cut up onion and add to pan. 
  5. Cook on medium heat until tender and translucent. 
  6. Add garlic, herbs of choice, salt, pepper and grated parmesan cheese. 
  7. Stir and cook until well combined. 
  8. Add frozen corn and cook until just warmed through. 
  9. Add pasta. Stir until mixed well.

Beef and Broccoli Pasta (Hamburger Helper)

Beef and broccoli pasta with garlic butter sauce

Ingredients

  • 1 pkg pasta of your choice
  • 1 pound steak, thinly sliced
  • 2 T. butter
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1 clove garlic, crushed
  • 1 tsp. dried thyme or dill
  • 1 pound fresh broccoli, cut into bite sized pieces

Instructions

  1. Cook pasta according to package directions and dump into colander to drain. 
  2. Add butter to pan. 
  3. Cook steak on medium heat until browned. Remove steak and set aside. 
  4. In same pan, add cut up onion to pan. Cook on medium heat until tender and translucent. 
  5. Add garlic, herbs of choice, salt, pepper. Stir and cook until well combined.
  6. Add broccoli and cook until it turns bright green. 
  7. Add pasta and steak. Stir until mixed well.

Ground Beef and Squash Curry Pasta (Hamburger Helper)

Ground beef and squash pasta with curry sauce.

Ingredients

  • 2 T. coconut oil
  • 1 tsp. dried curry
  • 1 pound zucchini or yellow squash sliced into thin slices
  • 1 can coconut milk
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 pkg pasta of your choice
  • salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

  1. Cook pasta according to package directions and dump into colander to drain. 
  2. Add coconut oil to pan. 
  3. Cut up onion and cook in pan on medium heat until tender and translucent.
  4. Add ground beef and cook on medium heat until browned. 
  5. Add curry, coconut milk, squash and salt and pepper. 
  6. Stir and cook until squash is tender. 
  7. Return pasta to pan. Stir until mixed well.
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Creamy Steak and Broccoli Pasta (Hamburger Helper)

Steak and broccoli pasta with cream sauce

Ingredients

  • 1 pound steak, thinly sliced
  • 1 pkg. pasta of your choice
  • 2 T. butter
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 2 T. flour
  • 1/2 C. milk (may need more)
  • salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

  1. Cook pasta according to package directions and dump into colander to drain. 
  2. Add butter to pan. Cook steak on medium heat until browned. 
  3. Remove cooked steak from pan and set aside. 
  4. Cut up onion and cook in pan on medium heat until tender and translucent. 
  5. Add flour and cook until slightly browned. 
  6. Add milk and cook until thick and bubbly. Add more milk if sauce is too thick. 
  7. Add salt and pepper, cooked pasta and cooked steak. Mix well.

Turkey and Corn Pasta Salad

Pasta salad with turkey, corn, and creamy sauce

Ingredients

  • 1 pkg. pasta of your choice
  • 2 C. diced, cooked turkey breast pieces
  • 1 bag frozen corn
  • 2 T. ranch seasoning mix
  • 1 C. sour cream or mayonnaise
  • 1 C. shredded cheddar cheese
  • salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

  1. Cook pasta according to package directions. Drain in colander. 
  2. Dump back into pan. Add turkey, peas, cherry tomatoes, ranch mix, sour cream or mayonnaise, salt, pepper and shredded cheese. 
  3. Mix well and refrigerate at least 2 hours for flavors to marry together and come together

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