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Macro Friendly Hamburger Helper (High Protein)

published: September 8, 2023

updated: October 25, 2023

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Bringing back the comforting flavors of a classic favorite with a wholesome twist, get ready to enjoy our Healthier Hamburger Helper recipe. By using lean ground turkey, we've transformed this beloved classic into a lighter and more nutritious dish without sacrificing taste. With just a few simple steps, you can enjoy a comforting meal that's both satisfying and perfect for the whole family!


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Macro Friendly Hamburger Helper (High Protein)

Jessie Hulsey
Bringing back the comforting flavors of a classic favorite with a wholesome twist, get ready to enjoy our Healthier Hamburger Helper recipe. By using lean ground turkey, we've transformed this beloved classic into a lighter and more nutritious dish without sacrificing taste. With just a few simple steps, you can enjoy a comforting meal that's both satisfying and perfect for the whole family!
4.67 from 3 votes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Course Dinner
Cuisine American
Servings 6
Calories 378 kcal

Equipment

  • 1 Large Skillet or Pan
  • 1 Wooden spoon or spatula
  • 1 Cutting Board
  • 1 Knife
  • Measuring cups and spoons
  • Serving Plates or Bowls

Ingredients
  

  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 medium yellow onion, diced
  • 2 tbsp minced garlic
  • 1 lb. 99% lean ground turkey
  • Freshly ground salt and pepper, to taste
  • 3 cups low sodium chicken broth
  • 1 cup 2% milk
  • 8 ounces tomato sauce
  • ½ tsp paprika
  • ½ tsp dried oregano
  • 10 ounces rigate pasta
  • 1 cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese, reduced fat

Instructions
 

  • In a large skillet or pan, heat the olive oil over medium-high heat.
  • Add the diced onions and minced garlic to the skillet. Sauté for about 2-3 minutes, or until the onions become translucent and fragrant.
  • Add the lean ground turkey to the skillet. Break it apart with a spoon and cook until it's no longer pink, stirring occasionally to ensure even cooking. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  • Pour in the chicken broth, milk, and tomato sauce. Stir well to combine all the ingredients.
  • Sprinkle in the paprika and dried oregano. Stir again to evenly distribute the spices.
  • Carefully add the pasta to the skillet. Make sure it's evenly distributed in the liquid.
  • Reduce the heat to medium-low and cover the skillet with a lid. Allow the mixture to simmer for about 12-15 minutes, or until the pasta is cooked al dente. Stir occasionally to prevent sticking.
  • Taste a small piece of pasta to ensure it's cooked to your desired tenderness. If needed, add a little more broth and continue simmering until it reaches the desired texture.
  • Once the pasta is cooked, remove the skillet from heat. Sprinkle the shredded sharp cheddar cheese over the top of the mixture.
  • Cover the skillet with a lid and let it sit for a few minutes to allow the cheese to melt and the flavors to meld together.
  • After resting, spoon the hamburger helper on plates and enjoy!

Notes

You can add more vegetables to this recipe for extra nutrition. Bell peppers, mushrooms, and spinach are excellent options. Just sauté them along with the onions and garlic before adding the ground turkey.
While rigate pasta works well in this recipe due to its ridges that hold the sauce, you can use any pasta shape you prefer or have on hand.
Store any leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3-4 days. Reheat in the microwave or on the stovetop, adding a splash of milk to maintain creaminess.

Nutrition

Calories: 378kcalCarbohydrates: 42.3gProtein: 31.8gFat: 8.3g
Keyword high protein, macro friendly
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About the author, Jessie Hulsey

Jessie is a recipe creator and registered dietitian consultant, specializing in weight management, healthy aging, and behavioral nutrition in Atlanta, GA. To lean into her creative side, she loves all aspects of recipe development and food photography. When not working, you can find Jessie at the dog park with her husband and pup, playing in her garden, and scoping out new restaurants!

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