Hamburger Helper

Adult Hamburger Helper

I am always game for a good pasta dish… and this recipe actually came to be because we didn’t have a ton in our pantry. Funny thing is, I mixed a bunch of items together and it became one of our favorites. It’s been in our meal rotation ever since! This adult version of Hamburger Helper is a cozy go-to meal! Not to mention that is delicious when you serve it, and even better as left-overs.

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  • 16 oz. Shells Noodles

  • 1 lb. Lean Ground Beef

  • 1 Cup of Baby Bella Mushrooms

  • 1/3 Cup of Onion (Chopped)

  • 1/2 Tablespoon Cumin

  • 1 Teaspoon Garlic Salt with Parsley

  • 1 Teaspoon Cracked Pepper

  • 1/2 Cup of Shredded Sharp Cheddar

  • 1/2 Cup of Grated Wisconsin Extra Sharp Cheddar

  • 1/2 Cup of Shredded Parmesan and a little more for topping

  • 1 Cup of Milk

  • 1 Tablespoon of Heavy Whipping Cream

  • Chopped Parsley for Topping


Begin Browning Ground Beef in a large skillet. Once fully cooked reduce heat to med-low heat, next add in Mushrooms and Onions.

While meat cooks, bring medium sauce pan of water to a boil, then add in Shell Noodles. (follow according to noodle instructions)

Remove Noodles from heat and drain, set aside.

Return to the Ground Beef mixture, add Milk, Cream, Spices, and Cheeses. Increase heat to medium to begin melting cheese. Stir continually.

Once Cheese is fully melted and all ingredients are combined, add in Noodles. Mix well.

Portion out Hamburger Helper and top with Parmesan and Parsley.

Serves 4