One Pot Hamburger Helper Lasagna – ditch the boxed mix Hamburger Helper and make your own, lasagna style, much healthier and homemade. Comfort food at its finest.
OK, I hate to admit this but I actually secretly love the Hamburger Helper meals and when I was in college and I lived on my own, I made them quite a bit. But now that I’m a mature adult, ahem, and am more conscious of what I’m eating and would actually like to know what goes in my food, I make these things myself. Last time I went grocery shopping and went down the aisle with all the boxes of Hamburger Helper I saw this lasagna version and I remembered that this was my favorite. Rather than pick up a box, being the food blogger that I am, I decided to make it myself.
I’m glad I did, because this could not get any easier. With just a few ingredients, you have comfort food at its finest. I mean, in case you haven’t figured this out before, I am a pasta lover, so anytime you give me pasta loaded with meat and cheese, I’ll be your best friend for life. No lie!
Thing is, I’m usually the one giving people food, probably because I’m always cooking. When it comes to dishes like this, I’m not very happy and willing to give the food away because, wait for it, lasagna is my all time favorite food!
I really think I should have been born Italian. And to think I married a man who does not like pasta, how can this be? How can anyone not like pasta? Anyway, I’m not going to contemplate that now because this is the time to talk about this luscious mafalda pasta smothered in marinara sauce with ground beef and laden with mozzarella cheese. This is what my dreams are made of. Yes, I think to myself, what a wonderful world!
Seriously though, have you seen anything more beautiful than this. No, don’t answer that! It was a rhetorical question anyway. Back to the lasagna though, I’ve tried to make this as simple as can be and with very few ingredients. Basically the main ingredients here are pasta, marinara sauce, ground beef and mozzarella cheese. Then all you need to do is add the things that flavor the dish, like onion and garlic, must have garlic, lots of garlic, Italian seasoning, and chicken broth. And here’s the kicker, you can do it all in one pot in 30 minutes or less, cause that’s my thing you know, 30 minute one pot meals. OK, that was a shameless plug, but moving on.
Actually there’s nothing more to move on to, other than let’s eat! Perfect meal to make on a busy night after work and it’s pretty much guaranteed that all family members, especially children, will love this dish, unless of course you have one like my husband around, who doesn’t like pasta.
- 1 lb ground beef
- 1 small onion chopped
- 3 cloves garlic minced
- salt and pepper to taste
- 1 tbsp Italian seasoning
- 2 cups marinara sauce
- 8 oz dry mafalda pasta
- 3 cups chicken broth
- 1 cup mozzarella cheese shredded
- fresh parsley
In a large skillet start browning the ground beef over medium heat until it's no longer pink and starts to brown. Drain off any excess fat, if needed.
Ad the chopped onion and minced garlic to the skillet and stir. Season with salt and pepper, Italian seasoning and cook until the onion gets soft and translucent, about 3 minutes.
Add the marinara sauce, pasta, chicken broth and stir everything together. Bring to a boil then turn the heat down. Cook for about 15 minutes or until the pasta is cooked through, most of the sauce should be absorbed as well.
Stir in the cheese and cook for another 30 seconds to a minute until the cheese melts.
Garnish with parsley and serve immediately.
Please keep in mind that nutritional information is a rough estimate and can vary greatly based on products used.