hamburger helper

Healthy Hamburger Helper

Give the classic childhood favorite an upgrade with this Healthy Hamburger Helper recipe. Loaded with veggies, spices, and cheese, this nutrient-packed recipe is one that the entire family will love.

Prep: 10Cook: 30Total: 40 minutes
Yield 10 servings 1x


  • 2 tbsps olive oil
  • 1 small yellow onion, diced
  • 1⁄2 red pepper, diced
  • 1⁄2 green pepper, diced
  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 1 lb dry elbow noodles
  • 4 cups beef broth
  • 1 cup water
  • 15oz can tomato sauce
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1⁄2 tsp pepper
  • 1 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp chili powder
  • 1.5 cups plain Greek yogurt
  • 1.5 cups lite cheddar cheese
  • 1 6oz bag spinach


  1. In a dutch oven or large pot, heat oil. Add onion and peppers and saute for about 5 minutes or
    until soft.
  2.  Add in ground beef and stir until fully cooked. If necessary, drain excess fat.
  3. Pour in the dry pasta, beef broth, water, tomato sauce, and all spices. Put a lid on and cook for 10-15 minutes or until almost all liquid is gone, stirring every few minutes.
  4.  Once liquid is absorbed, stir in Greek yogurt and cheddar cheese. Then add in spinach. The spinach may take a few minutes to wilt, but once it does, stir it into the noodles. Serve into bowls.
Author: ErinCategory: dinner, meal prepMethod: StovetopCuisine: American