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One-Skillet Gluten-free Hamburger Helper

September 2, 2020

A healthier gluten-free Hamburger Helper made in one-skillet and takes less than 20 minutes to whip up! A delicious and easy dinner recipe for the whole family and it is so crave-able and a family fave.

One-Skillet Gluten-free Hamburger Helper

When I told Jordan I was making us a “healthy hamburger helper”, he had zero idea what I was referring to.

We both technically have never had the original hamburger helper recipe so call us amateurs, but I have a feeling I would have loved it after having the healthier one.

This is hands down one of the most requested recipes on the blog ever. I looked up the original hamburger helper sold in grocery stores and from the looks of it, felt it was a super easy recipe to mimic.

I also only dirtied one skillet, which is a dream when it comes to cleaning up the kitchen after a meal. This whole recipe will take you less than 20 minutes to make and you will feed your entire family or have dinner for yourself for a few nights. It is a dream recipe scenario!

This recipe is also really light because I don’t use much cheese in it. Just a cup of shredded cheese for that creaminess and no milk or anything. You can of course add more cheese if you are craving. Jord did when he warmed his up!

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Ingredients needed to cook this Hamburger Helper:

I am flipping obsessed with how simple the ingredients are for this pasta dish. I had all of these things on hand too, which made it even easier to make. This recipe is also dairy free-friendly, if you want to sub a dairy-free cheese too.

  • Grass-fed/grass-finished beef – you can also use ground turkey or chicken if you prefer
  • Almond flour – this isn’t a must but I think it helps absorb the broth better while pasta cooks
  • Garlic powder, paprika and onion powder
  • Bone broth – I used beef bone broth but any broth works
  • Dry pasta – I used these brown rice shells
  • Tomato sauce – use your favorite pasta sauce
  • Shredded cheese – or use dairy-free cheese too

How to make healthy Hamburger Helper:

  1. Heat a large skillet over medium/high heat and add the grass-fed beef to skillet and breakdown down into smaller pieces uses a wooden spoon or fork
  2. Cook on medium heat until the beef is brown and no longer pink
  3. Drain any excess fat from the skillet then add in the flour, spices, broth, pasta and sauce and mix well
  4. Bring to a boil then cover and cook on low heat for about 12 minutes (or until pasta is ready and almost all liquid is absorbed)
  5. Remove skillet from heat and mix in cheese and serve while warm!

A few of my other favorite easy dinner recipes:

Healthier Gluten-free Vegetarian Lo Mein

The Easiest No-Boil Baked Pasta Recipe (gluten-free)

Healthy Vegetarian Enchilada Pasta (gluten-free)

5-ingredient Creamy Squash Pasta (vegan + gluten-free)

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One-Skillet Gluten-free Hamburger Helper

One-Skillet Gluten-free Hamburger Helper

A healthier gluten-free Hamburger Helper made in one-skillet and takes less than 20 minutes to whip up! A delicious and easy dinner recipe for the whole family and it is so crave-able and a family fave.

  • Author: Rachel
  • Prep Time: 5 mins
  • Cook Time: 12 mins
  • Total Time: 17 mins
  • Yield: Serves 4 1x
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Ingredients

Instructions

  1. Heat a large skillet over medium/high heat and add the grass-fed beef to skillet and breakdown down into smaller pieces uses a wooden spoon or fork
  2. Cook on medium heat until the beef is brown and no longer pink
  3. Drain any excess fat from the skillet then add in the flour, spices, broth, pasta and sauce and mix well
  4. Bring to a boil then cover and cook on low heat for about 12 minutes (or until pasta is ready and almost all liquid is absorbed)
  5. Remove skillet from heat and mix in cheese and serve while warm!

Notes

*Store leftovers in fridge for 5 days

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10 Responses

  1. Just made this and honestly I’m shocked by how delicious this is. I subbed ground turkey and veggie stock and I also added in a whole shredded zucchini. Delicious! My kids love it and so do my husband and I. Will definitely be making this again.

  2. Looks delicious. This might be a dumb question but I’m confused on the amount of dry pasta. In one spot it says 2c in another it says 12oz, but assuming 2c is 16oz, how much pasta is recommended? Thank you.

  3. This was so easy and tastes amazing!!!! This will definitely be in our meal rotation 🤗 We also had your pizza bagels for lunch today.

  4. I loved this! My mom is a super picky eater so it was a great meal to make with her. I used orecchiette and it was a great noodle for the cheesiness!

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