Homemade Hamburger Helper

So I was in the mood for pasta tonight and decided to make my own homemade version of Hamburger Helper. This dish is very easy to put together and make in large batches – a great way to make enough for dinner and have leftovers for lunch the next day!


  • 1 c. dried pasta (makes about 2 cups cooked)
  • 1/4 lb. ground beef
  • 1 link kielbasa sausage, diced
  • 1 1/2 c. marinara sauce
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • Splash of red wine
  1. Cook pasta in boiling water until a little bit undone (before al dente). Drain pasta and remove from heat. Reserve about 1/4 c. pasta water.
  2. Brown the ground beef in a saute pan. Drain the grease.
  3. Return browned beef to the pan, add garlic and saute until fragrant. Add a splash of red wine and reduce for about a minute.
  4. Add diced kielbasa and marinara sauce. Bring sauce to a simmer.
  5. Add cooked pasta and pasta water.
  6. If desired, mix 1/2 tablespoon of cornstarch with 2 tbsp of warm water to dissolve and add to sauce and pasta mixture.
  7. Simmer until sauce reduces to desired consistency.
  8. Serve with steamed broccoli on the side.

2 responses to “Homemade Hamburger Helper

  1. How the heck do you make hamburger helper look so good. I swear it’s the colors. And what in the world is al dente???

  2. just using my canon point and shoot – still brushing up on my food photography skills!

    al dente: “to the bite” pasta that is cooked until still firm, but not hard

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