Seeking a yummy, low calorie comfort food recipe? Then you came to the right post today, people! If you’ve ever indulged in any of the processed, high sodium, deliciously unhealthy Hamburger Helper Recipes, then you know what I’m talking about when I say that no matter how fattening/bad for you/practically poison those Hamburger Helper Macaroni Casseroles are, they sure do taste yummy. So instead, I played around with some recipes, and came up with this rockin’ version. Super high in fiber, high in protein and way low in fat, this delicious dish not only tastes great, it’s pretty good for you too! With the addition of some veggies and using better quality pasta and ground beef, Hamburger Macaroni Casserole Recipes can be indulged in once again! Enjoy!

Hamburger Macaroni Casserole Recipe

A delicious healthy casserole recipe that’s ideal for any Weight Watcher. So good and flavorful, it’s hard to believe that each serving has just 7 Points for 1 1/2 cups! So skip the homemade Hamburger Macaroni Casserole Recipes that you know and love, and try this slimmed down version instead.


  • 1 lb extra lean (96%) lean ground beef
  • 2 cups Ronzoni Smart Taste Macaroni Noodles
  • 1 1/2 cups fat free beef broth
  • 10 ounces white mushrooms
  • 2 large tomatoes, cut into chunks
  • 2 large carrots, cut into chunks
  • 1 large onion, cut into chunks
  • 4 cloves garlic, peeled
  • 1/2 cup fat free sour cream
  • 2 cups water
  • 2 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 tbsp whole wheat flour
  • 2 tsp dried thyme
  • 2 tsp dried sage
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper


  1. In a food processor, process garlic until minced, then add carrots and mushrooms and process until finely chopped. Turn it off, add onion and tomato, and pulse until roughly chopped.
  2. Cook beef in a large straight-sided skillet or Dutch oven over medium-high heat, breaking it up with a wooden spoon, until no longer pink, 3 to 5 minutes. Stir in the chopped vegetables, paprika, thyme, sage salt and pepper and cook, stirring often, until the vegetables start to soften and the mushrooms release their juices, 5 to 7 minutes.
  3. Stir in water, 1 1/4 cups broth, noodles and Worcestershire sauce; bring to a boil. Cover, reduce heat to medium and cook, stirring occasionally, until the pasta is tender, 8 to 10 minutes.
  4. Whisk flour with the remaining 1/4 cup broth in a small bowl until smooth; stir into the hamburger mixture.
  5. Stir in the sour cream. Simmer, stirring often, until the sauce is thickened, about 2 minutes.

Cooking time (duration): 35

Diet (other): Reduced fat, High protein

Number of servings (yield): 6

Meal type: dinner

Culinary tradition: USA (Southern)

Entire recipe makes 6 servings
Serving size is 1 1/2 cups
Each serving = 7 Points

PER SERVING: 269 calories; 4g fat; 32 g carbohydrates; 28 g protein; 6 g fiber


  1. Made this tonight for the first time, it was delicious. Really filled that comfort food craving. I used ground sirloin since I already had it. Cut back on the thyme based on previous comments. I’ve made 2 Laaloosh recipes, both calling for wheat flour. I suppose this is meant to be the thickener however both recipes needed extra thickening so I used a couple of tablespoons of cornstarch mixed with equal parts water. It did the trick. Not sure if the wheat flour just doesn’t work the same as white flour. My husband loved this & I was able to sneak the mushrooms in without him knowing a thing! Oh also added a bit more salt & pepper.

  2. I loved this dish! It was so good. I was worried when I saw there was no cheese because I equate cheese with hamburger macaroni (I get that from the hamburger helper days!) I even bought some and was going to cheat a bit. The good news is that I didn’t have to cheat. The sour cream and whatever else was in it gave it a cheesy flavor. It really smelled delicious cooking also. I’ve reheated it numberous times and it is still so good. Also, a cup and a half is way too much for me so the points were lower.

  3. Karen Pixie Black Reply

    I did not find this bland at all. In fact, I thought the herbs were a bit overdone. Particularly the thyme. I would have liked more tomatoes too (more Italian like.) Personal taste preference, I guess. Also I love salt, so I added 2 tsp. Overall, I liked it. It cooked up nice and thick as advertised. Sadly I don’t have a food processor, so it was A LOT of chopping/mincing.

  4. Mary Heil Moran Reply

    Unfortunately, my husband and I both thought this was really bland. It smelled fantastic though! I wonder if increasing the beef to 2 lbs, or maybe doubling up on the spices would help. We both had about a cup and trashed the rest. It wasn’t horrible but we wouldn’t make it again. =(

  5. Made this last night and it came out delish, thanks for putting these out here!

  6. I am.making this tonight and it smells wonderful!!!! I had to sub the Ronzoni rotini noodles since our stores didn’t have elbow noodles. How would I adjust the amount of noodles?

  7. I made this recipe tonight. It’s delicious!! Also, 1.5 cup (7 points plus) left me filling satisfied

  8. Wow. I'm so hungry and this sounds amazing!!! (I've been a Hamburger Helper addicts for too many years)

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