Wednesday, September 22, 2021

Homemade One-Pot Hamburger Helper (with Zucchini!)

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It is officially the first day of fall and, in this household anyway, the official beginning of comfort food season. I thought I would kick off the season with an adapted version of homemade hamburger helper that I found online. What I particularly liked about this version is that it contains vegetables in the form of shredded zucchini that disappears into the mix, so no one’s the wiser. Whether your kids like or don’t like vegetables, they won’t even know they are there in this comforting and delicious casserole. You will find it hearty and satisfying, the kids will love it.

Homemade One-Pot Hamburger Helper
Adapted from

2 T. olive oil
1 lb. ground chuck
1 medium onion, chopped
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
½ t.
Montreal steak seasoning
1 t. chili powder
1 t. paprika
1 t. garlic powder
10 oz.
medium shells
1 zucchini, grated (about 1 c.)
2 c. beef broth
1½ c. whole milk
1½ -2 c. shredded cheddar cheese
1 T. ketchup

Place beef and onion in a large pot (I used
this one) set over medium/high heat; season with salt and pepper. Cook until the meat is browned, breaking up as you go, 10 to 12 minutes. Stir in the steak seasoning, chili powder, paprika, and garlic powder, and cook another minute.

Add pasta and zucchini and toss to coat. Pour in broth and milk; add ketchup, stirring to combine. Bring to a gentle boil over medium/high heat, and simmer 8 to 10 minutes until the pasta is al dente, stirring occasionally. Stir in the cheese and cook until melted and creamy.

Serves four.



Angie's Recipes said...

This just has me crave some real pasta!

Patti @ Pandoras Box said...

YUM - I am saving this recipe! THX

GranthamLynn said...

Sounds so good. I want to try. Do you think it will work with Macaroni?

Pattie @ Olla-Podrida said...

I think it would absolutely work with elbow macaroni, providing they’re not too big.

Marie Smith said...

I like the zucchini in this recipe. I will add the recipe to the fall menu. Thank you.

Alycia Nichols said...

Those are medium-sized pasta shells??!?! They are a really nice size! I’m a fan of adding zucchini to everything possible!!!!

Linda said...

Wow that looks delicious. Excellent idea with the zucchini! It's such a mild flavor, I should be able to successfully hide it from my husband with his childlike dislike of "green" in his food. ;)

bread&salt said...

Very nutritious dish! Looks fingerlickingly delicious. Ingredients are so rich. Thanks för sharing.

The Tote Trove said...

Ah, comfort food! Although my favorite season is summer, I do love fall food. Especially anything involving pasta and cheese. Your beef and zucchini twist looks tasty!