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Posted by / Tuesday, February 11, 2014

One Skillet Cheeseburger Helper With A Gluten Free Option

One Skillet Cheeseburger Helper With A Gluten Free Option
I'm ashamed to tell you this but when Colt and I first got married we lived off of the convenience of Hamburger Helper. 
It was cheap and our budget was tight.
Our use of hamburger helper didn't last long once we had Lorna I started to become aware of labels and what we were eating and it quickly disappeared from our cupboard.
But the need of an easy, quick minimal dish for dinner didn't.
I love this One Skillet Cheeseburger Helper. 
It's so easy to make and can be made gluten free using brown rice penne or macaroni noodles.
Our family can't even tell the difference when I use the brown rice noodles, it's devoured just as fast.
The leftovers have been fought over every time I make this, I promise this won't disappoint. 


Add butter or olive oil and sauté onion over medium-high heat in a deep skillet. 
Just an fyi butter makes everything better! 
Add ground beef, minced garlic and cook until brown. I use lean ground beef, if you use a fattier ground beef drain off extra any grease before adding the spices.
Add garlic powder, chili powder, salt, tomato paste and dijon mustard.
Stir until well combined. 
Add chicken stock, brown rice penne noodles or regular large macaroni noodles and half and half or milk. Stir until well combined.
Bring mixture to a simmer over medium-high heat.
Please try to ignore my mess on the stove I somehow splattered ground beef all over my clean stove when I bumped the spoon. Our dogs however where thankful for the tidbits that fell on the floor.
Turn heat to low, cover with a lid and cook for 14 minutes.
Remove lid and check pasta for doneness. If sauce is runny remove lid and simmer for an additional few minutes until thickened.
Add shredded cheddar cheese and mix until throughly blended.
One Skillet Cheeseburger Helper With A Gluten Free Option
Check out all that easy cheesy goodness and it was just as easy to make as the stuff out of a box! 
Easy peasy lemon squeezy as my kids would say.
One Skillet Cheeseburger Helper With A Gluten Free Option Serve
Warning once you make this your family will beg for it in the weekly rotation.
Yes it's that good! 
Dinner dilemma solved! 

yield: 5print recipe

One Skillet Cheeseburger Helper Gluten Free Option

An easy dinner for a busy weeknight made in under 25 minutes with a gluten free option. Just as easy and way better then boxed cheeseburger helper. Recipe includes step by step instructions with photos.
prep time: 10 MINScook time: 15 MINStotal time: 25 mins


  • 1 tablespoon Butter
  • 1/2 whole Onion, Diced Fine
  • 1 clove Garlic, Minced
  • 1 1/4 pounds Ground Beef (I prefer lean)
  • 1/2 teaspoon Garlic Powder
  • 1 teaspoon Chili Powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon Salt
  • 1 tablespoon Tomato Paste
  • 1/2 teaspoons Dijion Mustard (GF)
  • 16 ounces Penne Or Large Macaroni Noodles (Brown Rice Noodles For Gluten Free)
  • 4 cups Chicken Stock (GF)
  • 1 cups Half and Half or Milk
  • 3 cups Cheddar Cheese, Grated


  1. In a large deep skillet heat butter until melted over medium-high heat. Add onion and saute until softened. Add garlic and ground beef. Cook until beef is brown. Drain any excess fat. Stir in garlic powder, chili powder, salt, tomato paste and dijion mustard. Add pasta, chicken stock and half and half or milk. Stir until well combined. Bring to a simmer, cover and reduce heat to low. Cook for 14 minutes or until pasta is tender. Remove cover and cook an additional 1-2 minutes if runny. Remove from heat and stir in cheddar cheese until melted.
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One Skillet Cheeseburger Helper with a Gluten Free Option! A family favorite dinner!
Another favorite dinner skillet is:
Creamy Sausage and Mushroom Bow Tie Pasta Skillet


  1. This sounds really good. I have to say that my hubby and grown son still love me to make the Hamburger Helper Stroganoff. I add extra sour cream, mushrooms, and sometimes onions to make it more flavorful. Good stuff!

    1. Thanks so much Sandy! I have a beef stroganoff recipe on here that is amazing! A little more work then the box but well worth it! It probably is my kids all time most requested recipe! Have a wonderful evening!

  2. Looks like something my 12 yr old would love to eat.

  3. This looks very delicious and easy to prepare :) Pinned! Rhondda #SITSBlogging

  4. Oh my husband would be ALL over this,let me tell you!! :)

  5. Meals like this are the best! My husband would love it!

  6. Hi Serena! The beginning years of our marriage were TOTALLY filled with Hamburger Helpers. No more!! I love cooking from scratch. Your version looks much better and healthier!!

  7. great blog! glad i found you! #SITSBlogging

    1. Thanks so much! Love your blog also!

  8. I am book marking this recipe, it looks amazing! I love the ease of the one pot type of meal and it just looks so darn good!

    1. I think anything made in one pot is great! The less dishes the

  9. Mmm, that looks yummy. We're not big on the box stuff, either, but one pot meals are a thing of beauty.

  10. I am on my way, save me a bowl! (Stopping in from SITS)

  11. Saving this now! #SITSblogging

    1. Thanks for saving and stopping by!

  12. Don't be ashamed. I've doctored up Hamburger Helper in the past and made it very tasty. Unfortunately, I didn't consider what I was consuming at the time. I had the capability and pantry to make it from scratch but I bowed to convenience. Thankfully we've learned from our mistakes and the healthier varieties are far better! :)

    1. So true! How many things we learn as we grow older! Thanks for stopping by!

  13. YUM! I'm not a big fan of the box stuff these days - but I do sometimes have a craving {weird} I'm gonna have to bookmark this for the future. Looks {and sounds} so much better!

    Stopping by from SITS!

  14. This definitely just got put on my upcoming recipe list!! Looks delicious, and thank you for the gluten free option! Being gluten intolerant, I always have to modify amazing recipes I find and sometimes it alters what the end result is supposed to be. However, whenever, there is a gluten free option, it's always amazing!!Thank you <3


    1. Your so welcome! The last 2 times I made it I used the brown rice noodles and they turned out just as good as regular pasta, the kids couldn't tell the difference!

  15. I am fairly opposed to the Helper, but found the boxed Velveeta dinners creeping into my cabinets. I've been trying to figure out ways to make those easy dinners at home, and this looks great & easy! Pinned!

  16. Thanks for sharing this homemade option--I try to steer clear of processed foods now, so this is a great idea!

  17. I love the step by step photos! And Dijon is so good in pasta dishes. What a delicious dinner option!

  18. Just finished my husband's delicious pancakes and bacon, but this recipe makes me hungry again. Thanks for sharing and inspiring.

  19. Relatively easy but extremely delicious... Your photos are also great. Thanks.

  20. This made a lot. I thought about that when measuring the pasta, but when done this can easily feed 5 of us with leftovers. Good though.



Hi! My name is Serena and welcome to my site! I'm a wife and mother to 3. A few of my favorite things are cooking, baking, dark chocolate, family game nights, and the ocean. My biggest dislike is lima beans, please don't ask for a recipe... My husband Colt regularly joins me in the kitchen and has become the primary photographer of our site. I hope you'll join us on our fun cooking adventure!

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