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Adult Hamburger Helper
with balsamic roasted broccoli

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We're excited to bring back this classic, retro-inspired meal. It's surprisingly simple to make a homemade version of this creamy pasta dish with seasoned ground beef that is even better than what you might remember eating as a kid. This recipe was originally featured in 2015.


Adult Hamburger Helper:
  • Pasta, fusilli, shells, or elbow - 8 oz
  • Garlic - 3 cloves , chopped
  • Sundried tomatoes in oil, drained and chopped - 6
  • All-purpose flour - 2 Tbsp
  • Salt - 1 tsp
  • Paprika - 1 tsp
  • Garlic powder - 1 tsp
  • Oregano, dried - 1/2 tsp
  • Parsley, dried - 1/2 tsp
  • Black pepper - 1/2 tsp
  • Red pepper flakes - 1/4 tsp
  • Cheese, cheddar - 1 cup , shredded
  • Oil, cooking - 1 Tbsp
  • Beef, ground and lean - 1 lb
  • Milk - 2 cups
  • Stock, any type - 1 cup
Roasted Balsamic Broccoli:
  • Broccoli - 1 1/2 lbs , florets
  • Oil, cooking - 1 Tbsp
  • Vinegar, balsamic - 2 tsp
  • Red pepper flakes - 1/4 tsp
  • Lemon juice - 1 tsp


  1. Boil pasta - (If prepping right before cooking, get oven heating while pasta boils.) Boil pasta according to package directions. Drain. If prepping ahead, toss with some oil to minimize sticking. (Can be done up to 5 days ahead)
  2. Garlic / Sundried tomatoes / Broccoli - Prep as directed. Combine garlic and sundried tomatoes. Store broccoli in a separate container. (Can be done up to 5 days ahead)
  3. Make spice mix - Combine flour, salt, paprika, garlic powder, dried oregano, dried parsley, black pepper, and red pepper flakes. (Can be done up to 5 days ahead)
  4. Cheese - If not pre-shredded, shred cheese.

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  1. Heat oven to 425F / 218C.
  2. Toss broccoli with oil (portion for broccoli), vinegar, red pepper flakes, and some salt and pepper. Spread it out on a sheet pan and roast until golden and tender, 20 to 25 minutes, shaking the pan halfway through cooking.
  3. While broccoli roasts, heat a Dutch oven or large saute pan with oil (portion for hamburger helper) over medium heat. Add garlic and sundried tomatoes and cook until fragrant, ~1 minute. Stir in beef and brown for 7 to 8 minutes.
  4. Stir spice mix into beef and saute until no dry spots remain, ~2 minutes.
  5. Pour milk and stock over beef and bring to a simmer. Simmer, stirring frequently, until sauce thickens, 8 to 10 minutes more. (If the sauce still seems thin, continue to let it simmer until it is thick and creamy.)
  6. Remove pan from heat and stir in cheese and pasta until everything is evenly combined. Taste and season with some salt and pepper.
  7. Finish roasted broccoli with lemon juice.
  8. Serve hamburger helper with broccoli on the side. Enjoy!



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