High Protein Hamburger Helper

I’ve been trying to sneak some extra protein into my meals lately. This high protein homemade “hamburger helper” packs in 52 grams of protein per serving! I’ve made it a few times now and I’m really loving this final recipe. It’s so delicious and creamy with a bit of spice to it! I also have tried it with different pasta shapes/brands and this has been my favorite so far.

Adding in greek yogurt, cottage cheese and chickpea pasta boosted up the protein and added some of that creaminess. I also kept increasing the broth in this recipe because I liked it a little saucier. And *chef’s kiss* this is just right!

I feel like a lot of high protein meal planning is just a chunk of meat with some veggies on the side for every meal. And count me out on that. So if you’re like me or you’re trying to gain some muscle or counting those macros, add this recipe in to your meal planning and enjoy a super satisfying high-protein meal.

two bowls of high protein homemade hamburger helper

High Protein Hamburger Helper Ingredients:

  • garlic cloves
  • yellow onion
  • evoo
  • lean ground beef
  • low sodium beef broth
  • tomato paste
  • greek yogurt
  • cottage cheese
  • unflavored protein powder (this is my favorite kind – I use it for everything!)
  • paprika
  • oregano
  • crushed red
  • salt & pepper
  • banza chickpea pasta
close up of white and brown spotted bowl full of pasta dish and topped with basil
High Protein Hamburger Helper
  • 1 box banza chickpea pasta
  • 5 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 medium yellow onion, diced
  • 1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 lb lean ground beef
  • 1 can tomato paste, 6 oz
  • 2 1/2 cups low sodium beef broth
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 1 tsp oregano
  • 1/2 tsp crushed red pepper
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 cup plain greek yogurt
  • 1/2 cup cottage cheese
  • 2 scoops unflavored protein powder
  • 1/4 cup low sodium beef broth
  • fresh basil, chopped
  1. Boil water and cook pasta separately according to directions.

  2. Add garlic, onion, and evoo to large saute pan.

  3. Cook over medium heat until onions are translucent.

  4. Add ground beef and cook until browned.

  5. Add tomato paste, beef broth, and seasonings.

  6. Simmer for 10 minutes.

  7. Combine greek yogurt, cottage cheese, protein powder, and 1/4 cup beef broth in blender or food processor.

  8. Add mixture to beef mixture after 10 minutes.

  9. Let simmer for another 1-3 minutes.

  10. Add pasta.

  11. Serve immediately with fresh basil.

two bowls of high protein hamburger helper side by side on top of beige linen
side shot of bowl of pasta with corner of another bowl the bottom right corner

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