This elevated Hamburger Helper Lasagna combines the noodles from the familiar boxed dinner with a homemade meat sauce and 2 different kinds of cheese. It’s a delicious one pot lasagna meal that’s so easy to throw together!
I’m a big lasagna fan, so when I saw some videos on Pinterest for a one pot lasagna, I knew I had to put my own twist on it.
I originally set out to make this recipe with mini lasagna noodles, but I ended up switching to Hamburger Helper Lasagna noodles when I realized they were much easier to find in stores.
This recipe works because it’s:
- Truly one pot. Any recipe that only gets one dish dirty is a must-make in my book.
- Creamy and delicious. Our first time eating this recipe, my son could not stop saying how yummy it was. Mom win!
- Easier than traditional lasagna. There’s no layering or baking required for this lasagna recipe!
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Add 1 pound of ground beef and 2 cloves of minced garlic to a dutch oven or large soup pot. Brown ground beef and garlic over medium-high heat.
Once the ground beef is cooked, drain off any excess oil. Add 3 ounces of tomato paste, 15 ounces of diced tomatoes, 1 teaspoon salt, ¾ teaspoon pepper, and ½ teaspoon oregano to the pot. Stir to combine.
Cover the pan and simmer for 10 minutes.
Add 2 packages of Hamburger Helper Lasagna noodles (not the seasoning) and 4 cups of chicken broth or water to the meat mixture. Bring to a boil.
Once the mixture is boiling, reduce to a simmer. Cover and cook for 10 minutes, or until the noodles are al dente.
Reduce the heat to low. Add 2 ounces of cream cheese and 1 cup of shredded mozzarella to the noodles. Stir until the cheeses have melted.
Top with an additional 1/2 cup of mozzarella cheese and parsley.
Recipe Tips and Substitutions
You don’t have to make this recipe with Hamburger Helper noodles if you don’t want to! You can try mini lasagna noodles or another favorite shape. I chose to use the Hamburger Helper noodles because they are available at most grocery stores. The mini lasagna noodles are harder to find.
You could also try regular lasagna noodles broken into pieces!
Try these swaps to make this one pot lasagna fit your tastes:
- 8 ounces of ricotta cheese instead of the cream cheese and 1 cup of mozzarella
- 8 ounces of cottage cheese instead of the cream cheese and 1 cup of mozzarella
- 24 ounce jar of your favorite pasta sauce instead of the tomatoes and seasonings
I originally intended to add cottage cheese to this recipe but it was already so cheesy from the cream cheese and mozzarella that I didn’t end up using it.
The Hamburger Helper noodles are thinner than regular pasta so you’ll want to watch them carefully to make sure they don’t overcook and become mushy.
Try these substitutes if you’re out of certain ingredients:
- Substitutes for tomato paste
- Substitutes for oregano
- Substitutes for cream cheese
- Substitutes for chicken broth
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And be sure to check out these sides for lasagna including:
- Appetizers like bruschetta or mozzarella sticks
- Salads like prosciutto melon salad or pesto caprese salad
- Bread like sourdough focaccia or French bread
- Vegetables like maple glazed carrots or zucchini with eggs
If you want to try making this recipe without the Hamburger Helper noodles, you can use mini lasagna noodles, also known as mafalda noodles.
Getting noodles to al dente is a tricky process, so here are a few tips.
First, al dente means “to the tooth” in Italian and is the point when noodles are firm and still have a slight bite to them.
Always cook your noodles 2-3 minutes less than suggested on the package, unless the package lists a time for cooking to al dente.
When the timer goes off, remove a few noodles from the pot. Bite into one and check the center. If it still looks firm and uncooked, then the noodles are done. You don’t want all of the noodle to be firm, just the very center.
I hope your family loves this elevated hamburger helper lasagna! If you make it, be sure to take a picture and tag me on Instagram with @ashcroftfamilytable and use the hashtag #ashcroftfamilytable!
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Elevated Hamburger Helper Lasagna
- 1 pound ground beef
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 3 ounces tomato paste, about 5 tablespoons
- 15 ounces diced tomatoes
- 1 teaspoon salt
- ¾ teaspoon pepper
- ½ teaspoon oregano
- 2 boxes Hamburger Helper Lasagna, 6.9 ounces each
- 4 cups chicken broth
- 2 ounces cream cheese
- 1 ½ cups shredded mozzarella cheese, divided
- dried parsley, optional
- Add ground beef and minced garlic to a dutch oven or large soup pot. Brown ground beef and garlic over medium-high heat.
- Once the ground beef is cooked, drain off any excess oil. Add tomato paste, diced tomatoes, salt, pepper, and oregano to the pot. Stir to combine.
- Cover the pan and simmer for 10 minutes.
- Add 2 packages of Hamburger Helper Lasagna noodles (not the seasoning) and chicken broth or water to the meat mixture. Bring to a boil.
- Once the mixture is boiling, reduce to a simmer. Cover and cook for 10 minutes, or until the noodles are al dente.
- Reduce the heat to low. Add cream cheese and 1 cup of shredded mozzarella to the noodles. Stir until the cheeses have melted.
- Top with an additional 1/2 cup of mozzarella cheese and parsley before serving.