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Best Hamburger Helper

Best Hamburger Helper

This is a favorite quick dinner, a best hamburger recipe. To make it even quicker, premix extra batches of the spices, and keep them on hand.

  Total Time: 30 Min 

  Yield: Serves 4-6


  • 1 pound lean ground beef
  • 1 Spice packet (see below)
  • 1 cup hot water
  • 1 cup plain, unsweetened almond milk
  • 1 cup half & half 
  • 4 oz. or 1½ cups pasta- Dreamfields keeps you low carb or THM compliant, but any pasta may be used in this recipe
  • 1 cup cheddar cheese, plus more cheese for topping (topping is optional)


  • 2½ teaspoons paprika
  • ½ teaspoon smoked paprika, optional
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1½ teaspoons garlic powder
  • 1½ teaspoons onion powder
  • 1½ teaspoons salt
  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper
  • ¼ teaspoon Cape Crystal glucomannan powder

How to Make It:

Step 1:

Brown ground beef in a skillet or Dutch oven that has a lid.

Step 2:


While beef is browning, mix together your spices.

Step 3:


When the beef is starting to get a deep brown and smell amazing, add in the spices, hot water, almond milk, and half & half.  Stir, and bring to a simmer.

Step 4:


Measure out and add pasta to the pot and stir. Cover, reduce heat, and simmer for 7-8 minutes.

Step 5:


Remove lid and add cheese. Check pasta for doneness. If it's done, simply allow the cheese to melt into the sauce. If your pasta has a few more minutes, return the lid and simmer until the pasta is tender.

Step 6:


Allow to cool for a few minutes, and serve.

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