Homemade Lasagna Hamburger Helper

This post may contain affiliate links. Read our disclosure policy.

This recipe for a homemade version of lasagna hamburger helper is a new favorite recipe of mine. Plus, it is so much tastier than the box you can buy from the store.

This homemade lasagna hambuger helper starts off just like the boxed version, with a pound of ground beef. However, you brown it in a skillet along with 1/2 of a onion diced plus salt and pepper. Once you have that browned and the onion is tender, drain off any excess grease. Now, you mix in some Italian seasoning and paprika. If you like, you can also add in some red pepper flakes. However, I leave that out for my family. Then, add in some garlic and give it a minute to get fragrant.

Homemade Lasagna Hamburger Helper | realmomkitchen.com

Once those spices are mixed in, it’s time to add in some beef broth, marinara sauce, heavy cream, and uncooked pasta. This pasta is going to cook right in the pan just like the boxed hamburger helper. Just bring it all to a simmer and cover. Then give it about 10-15 minutes to cook while covered until the pasta is tender. You’ll want to give it an occasional stir just to help all the pasta cook evenly.

Now is where the cheese comes in! Sprinkle some shredded mozzarella over the whole thing and all the cheese to melt. If you have an oven safe skillet, you can even place it under the broiler if you wanted that cheese brown and bubbly. I set some grated parmesan cheese on the table to serve it with. Since there is only 3 of us at home, I was able to enjoy leftovers for lunch the next few days. So glad to have this recipe now and that I am able to share it with all of you.

Homemade Lasagna Hamburger Helper | realmomkitchen.com

Homemade Lasagna Hamburger Helper

Real Mom Kitchen

5 from 1 vote
Print Recipe Pin Recipe
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 24 minutes
Total Time 29 minutes
Course Beef
Cuisine Italian
Servings 6 servings
Calories 488 kcal


  • 1 lb ground beef
  • ½ onion diced
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ¼ tsp pepper
  • ½ tsp paprika
  • 1 Tsp Italian seasoning
  • ¼ tsp of red pepper flakes optional I don’t use this
  • 1 Tbsp minced garlic
  • 2 cups beef broth
  • 2 cups marinara sauce
  • ½ cup of heavy cream
  • 8 oz uncooked pasta I used ziti
  • 1-2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
  • Parmesan cheese for serving


  • In a large skillet, brown your ground beef along with the onion over medium heat.
  • Drain off any excess grease and season the meat with salt, pepper, paprika, Italian seasoning, and red pepper flakes (if desired). Add in minced garlic and cook for 1 minute until fragrant.
  • Add in the beef broth, marinara, heavy cream, and uncooked pasta and stir until combined. Bring to a simmer, then deduce heat and cover. Cook for 10-15 minutes, stirring ocassionally, until the pasta is tender.
  • Sprinkle with the mozzarella cheese and allow to sit let it sit covered until melted. Or if using an oven safe skillet, place under the broiler until melted and golden.
  • Serve with Parmesan cheese to sprinkle on for serving. Serves 6.


Serving: 1 serving | Calories: 488kcal | Carbohydrates: 35g | Protein: 25g | Fat: 28g | Saturated Fat: 13g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 10g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 91mg | Sodium: 1056mg | Potassium: 637mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 885IU | Vitamin C: 7mg | Calcium: 156mg | Iron: 3mg
Tried this recipe?Let us know how it was!

This recipe is adapted from Cooking in the Midwest.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *