Healthy Homemade Hamburger Helper

I shared our Fajita Soup recipe last week and now I’m sharing another easy go-to meal for us.  It’s basically a Healthy Homemade Hamburger Helper.

I actually don’t buy the real Hamburger Helper boxed stuff, it’s not that I’m above it, I just grow up eating it. My dad does make his own version of homemade hamburger helper which was basically just ground beef, canned tomatoes, pasta shells and Parmesan cheese. Even though there is nothing fancy in it, it’s a yummy, fast meal that’s perfect for weeknights!

When I started making this for Peter he was vegetarian, so we uses soy meat crumbles instead of beef. Soy meat doesn’t have a lot of flavor so we modified the recipe by cooking our “meat” in tomato sauce.  From there we kept experimenting to see what else worked for us!

Peter’s no longer vegetarian so we use lean meat now but we still keep it healthier with additional veggie ingredients. Essentially its still my dad’s recipe with a little boost in the vegetable servings!

Healthy Home made hamburger Helper Recipe

Healthier Homemade Hamburger Helper


  • 1lb Extra lean ground beef (or turkey)
  • 1-2 Cups tomato sauce
  • 3 cups diced tomatoes (I will use canned tomatoes too)
  • Veggie pasta, I like Barilla Veggie Rotini or Farfalle and Ronzoni Garden Delight Rotini
  • 4 cups fresh spinach
  • 1 cup Parmesan Cheese and/or another shredded white cheese
  • salt & pepper


  1. Cook Pasta according to directions, drain and set aside.
  2. Brown ground beef in skillet then stir in tomato sauce.
  3. Then add tomatoes and spinach and cook until the spinach has wilted.
  4. Toss skillet ingredients with pasta and Parmesan.
  5. Salt and Pepper to taste!
We also like it with whole wheat pasta, and sometimes add sliced black olives and sautéed onions. And my brother likes it with sautéed zucchini, I’m not so sure about that though. 😉

Does your family make a similar recipe?  I’d love to hear about it!




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