Philly Cheesesteak Hamburger Helper will make you forget all about the boxed type you had as a kid, you’ll love this creamy, cheesy cheesesteak pasta.
Philly Cheesesteak Hamburger Helper, it wasn’t a recipe I had planned on posting so soon. In fact, looking at my calendared posts, it was meant to go up in August for back to school meals.
On June 12th, eight days ago, I posted those Philly Cheese Steak Sloppy Joes because they are one of our favorite new quick dinners based on a grilled cheese sandwich we love and it has caught on like wildfire. In the post I mentioned how you can turn the sloppy joes mixture into a hamburger helper meal as a second option.
The emails! I got over 20 emails this week asking me for more details about that recipe, so, without further ado I moved up the post to today.
So, some things to know about this Cheesesteak Hamburger Helper recipe:
- If you want something more tomato-ey you can add additional ketchup or 2 tablespoons tomato paste.
- If you don’t like bell peppers or mushrooms you can leave them out, just double up on the onions.
- Any shape pasta will work, I like the elbow shape for nostalgia and because they can hold a lot of sauce.
- If you want a saucier pasta, add an additional cup of beef broth and cornstarch.
- I keep the beef chunkier and brown it well because it makes the flavor and texture more like a “steak” and less like taco meat.
Looking for more Cheese Steak recipes? Look no further!
- Philly Cheese Steak Sloppy Joes
- Ground Philly Cheesesteak Grilled Cheese
- Slow Cooker Philly Cheese Steak Sandwiches
- Philly Cheese Steak Burgers
- Pat’s Philly Cheese Steak (Copycat)
- Cheesesteak Egg Rolls
- Chicken Madness Philly Sub Sandwich
Tools Used in the making of these Philly Cheesesteak Hamburger Helper:
Cast Iron Skillet: This is my most used pan in my kitchen, heavy, keeps heat well and gives the BEST sear ever.
Chef’s Knife: This knife is one of the three most used tools in my kitchen (tongs and my pig tail flipper are the other two). I love it, I’ve had it for almost 10 years and it is as sharp today as the day I got it. (left column, second from the top). Mind you I love it this much even though I have a ridiculously expense knife set as well.
Worcestershire Sauce: Do not leave this out or sub it for anything else, this is a main flavor component and this brand is my absolute go-to.
- 1 pound large elbow macaroni
- 1 pound lean ground beef
- 2 tablespoons butter
- 1 small yellow onion diced
- 1 small green bell pepper diced
- 8 ounces brown mushrooms minced
- 2 tablespoons ketchup
- 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
- 1/2 teaspoon Kosher salt
- 1/2 teaspoon fresh ground black pepper
- 1 tablespoon cornstarch
- 2 cups beef broth
- 8 ounces Provolone Cheese Slices chopped
- 1/4 cup mozzarella cheese shredded
- Cook the large elbow macaroni according to the directions on the bag and drain (do not rinse).
- Add the ground beef to a large cast iron skillet (this browns very well) and brown until a deep brown crust appears before breaking the beef apart.
- Stir the ground beef and brown until a deep crust appears on about 50 or so percent of the beef.
- Remove the beef (you can leave the fat) and add the butter and the onions and bell peppers and mushrooms.
- Let brown for 1-2 minutes before stirring, then let brown for another 1-2 minutes before stirring again.
- Add the beef back into the pan.
- In a small cup mix the beef broth and cornstarch together
- Add the ketchup, Worcestershire sauce, salt, black pepper, beef broth/cornstarch mixture into the pan.
- Cook until the mixture is only slightly liquidy (about 75% of the mixture is above liquid), 3-5 minutes.
- Add the pasta back to the pan and mix together gently.
- Turn off the heat, add in the provolone cheese.
- Top with mozzarella cheese before serving.