Gourmet Hamburger Helper

Prep Time
Cook Time
1h 20m
Ready In

Recipe: #35931

November 05, 2020

"This is what happens when you use a little wine and add some bacon!"

Original recipe yields 4 servings


  • Serving Size: 1 (630.1 g)
  • Calories 1181.6
  • Total Fat - 72.4 g
  • Saturated Fat - 28.3 g
  • Cholesterol - 220.4 mg
  • Sodium - 1743 mg
  • Total Carbohydrate - 62.4 g
  • Dietary Fiber - 8 g
  • Sugars - 6.5 g
  • Protein - 67.3 g
  • Calcium - 746.9 mg
  • Iron - 6 mg
  • Vitamin C - 9.5 mg
  • Thiamin - 0.5 mg

Step 1

Heat a large Dutch oven over medium-low heat, and add oil and onion; season lightly with salt and pepper.

Step 2

Let cook until the onions turn light beige in color and begin to caramelize, 20 to 25 minutes.

Step 3

Add garlic, and cook until fragrant and starting to brown slightly, about 2 minutes.

Step 4

Increase heat to medium-high and add bacon and ground beef, using the back of a large spoon to break up the meat into smaller pieces.

Step 5

Continue to cook until the liquid has mostly evaporated and the meat starts to sear and develop a crust on the bottom of the pan, 12 to 15 minutes.

Step 6

Remove pan from the heat and carefully drain off most of the fat, leaving a little in the pan to keep the meat moist.

Step 7

Return pan to the medium-high heat and add white wine, allowing it to reduce until the mixture is almost dry, about 10 minutes.

Step 8

Add the chicken stock, heavy cream, hot sauce, paprika and bay leaf to the pan. Mix until combined and bring to a boil over medium-high.

Step 9

Once the mixture is boiling, add the pasta and cook until al dente, stirring often, about 9 minutes.

Step 10

Reduce the heat to low and stir in both types of cheese, stirring until completely melted and sauce is thickened.

Step 11

Remove the pan from heat, stir in chives and season to taste with salt and pepper.

Tips & Variations

No special items needed.



This is much better than hamburger helper. The cream and all that cheese! I'll cook the bacon first next time and then add it end towards the end, just because I think I'd prefer that texture. The fresh chives add a nice hint of brightness and color as well. This will be made again here. Thanks for sharing!

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(30 Apr 2021)