Let’s face it, Hamburger Helper was a staple growing up. Who didn’t love the convenience of opening up a box and almost everything being done. I even did this when my kids were small.

I think back now and realize that it may not have been the best choice I could have made. Now I wouldn’t even dream of making a boxed meal. Let alone the fact that my allergies wouldn’t permit it. It really doesn’t take much more time to make it from scratch and definitely tastes much better. You can make it a little different each time by switching up pastas and adding in different veggies.

Try this quick and easy meal tonight!

Homemade Hamberger Helper w Goat Cheese

Homemade Hamburger Helper (Gluten Free/ Dairy Free)

1 lb. ground beef, turkey or chicken

1 medium size onion-diced

1 clove garlic- minced

added veggies if desired *

2 tsp. mustard powder

1 tsp. smoked paprika

1 tsp. cumin

1/2 sea salt

1/2 tsp. black pepper

2 1/2 c. gluten free pene pasta (or desired pasta)

1 1/2 c. milk alternative (I use coconut milk)

2 c. water

1/2 c. goat cheese (or desired cheese)***** Check changes for dairy free

In a large skillet over medium heat, brown ground meat. Stir in onions and added veggies if adding any, let cook for five minutes. Add in garlic, spices, water and milk. Stir thoroughly. Stir in pasta and cover. Cook for 11-13 minutes or until pasta is to desired texture. Add in crumbled goat cheese and stir thoroughly.

Homemade Hamberger Helper w Goat Cheese

*You can add up to 2 cups of desired veggies if you would like, ex: zucchini, peppers, broccoli, cauliflower, etc.

***** To make completely dairy free, use 1/2 of Cashew Cream instead of goat cheese. Still a fantastic flavour!

Shared On: In and Out of the Kitchen, Fat Tuesday, Tasty Tuesday, The Southern Special, The Yuck Stops Here, Allergy Free Wednesdays, Gluten Free Wednesday, Real Food Friday, Foodie Friends Friday, Gluten Free Fridays, Real Food Recipes

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8 comments on “Homemade Hamburger Helper (Gluten Free/ Dairy Free)”

  1. I love hamburger helper, but long ago stopped eating boxed foods. Thanks for sharing this easy alternative. Visiting from Foodie Friends Friday.

  2. I remember when I was a kid they came out with the Hamburger Helper and my Mom thought it was great – Wrong! I do love your recipe for the homemade version. Thanks for sharing on Real Food Fridays Pinned & twitted.

  3. HI Sandi,
    I have chosen your recipe as one of my features for this weeks Read Food Fridays blog hop that goes live Thursday (tomorrow) @ 7pm EST. Thanks so much for being part of Real Food Fridays.

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