Homemade Hamburger Helper


  • 1 pound lean ground beef 
  • 1 large yellow onion, chopped 
  • 1 garlic clove, minced 
  • 2 tablespoons all purpose flour 
  • 2 cups low sodium chicken broth 
  • 1 8oz can tomato sauce 
  • 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning 
  • 1 teaspoon seasoned salt 
  • 1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika 
  • 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder 
  • 2 cups bow tie pasta (can also use elbow pasta) 
  • ½ cup heavy cream 
  • 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese 
  • 1/2 c of shredded colby Jack cheese
  • 1 teaspoon of fresh cracked pepper


  1. In a instapot on sauté mode, brown the ground beef over medium high heat. Remove cooked ground beef from pan and set aside. 
  2. Cook the onion until soft, about 5 minutes. Add the garlic for the last 30 seconds.
  3. Add the flour and stir to cook for about 1 minute, slowly stir in the beef broth and bring the mixture to a boil. 
  4. Pour in the tomato sauce, Italian seasoning, seasoned salt, smoked paprika, chili powder, and garlic powder, stirring to combine. Cover with lid and keep on low heat, stirring occasionally. In a separate pot, boil pasta as listed on back of box. Drain.
  5. Add in the cream and cheese and stir until all the cheese melted. Add back in ground beef and drained pasta. Cook for 2 to 3 minutes more to re-heat ground beef and serve immediately!


This dish is rich in flavor. If you need more liquid for your pasta you can add a little water or beef broth. You could substitute another type of pasta but try to use a similar size for the liquid ratio to work out.

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