Homemade Hamburger Helper Lasagna

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Homemade Hamburger Helper Lasagna – skip the box and try this homemade version. Just a few ingredients, ready in minutes, and the whole family will love it! 

Getting dinner on the table quickly is probably every home cooks dream. Or maybe that is just me? After working all day, I really just don’t want to spend an hour making dinner, and getting 3 pots and pans, measuring cups and everything else in the kitchen dirty. So I love a one pot meal, where I only have one skillet to wash.

Ok, so I have a knife to wash after this one too. But the cutting board and the wooden spoon can go in the dishwasher. One pot meals are kind of a busy families life saver at the end of the day. And I hope they never go away.  Cheeseburger Macaroni Skillet remains the most requested meal by my son.

A dish is filled with food, with Hamburger Helper and Sausage


I grew up eating Hamburger Helper. When I was in college, my roommate and I used to see how we could doctor it up, and what we could add to it to make it better. I think my roommate would be proud of all the homemade hamburger helper versions I have made since.

To make this homemade hamburger helper lasagna have just a little extra something, I used Italian sausage instead of ground beef. Now you can use any ground meat you like in this. Beef, turkey, turkey sausage, chicken sausage…you name it. I like my lasagna to have that extra kick from the sausage, so I used it in my quick stovetop version.

A plate of food, with homemade hamburger helper

I tried to find those mini lasagna shaped noodles to make this look even more accurate, but the 2 stores I was in didn’t have any. Any short cut pasta will do though. Top with plenty of cheese and fresh basil for a delicious one pan meal any night of the week.

skillet  with homemade hamburger helper

One pan dinners are kind of my favorite thing. This one pan cheesy sausage pasta is one of the more popular recipes on my site, so I know that you guys love quick easy dinners as much as I do. 

Be sure to add this Homemade Hamburger Helper Lasagna to your dinner menu tonight!

lasagna pasta dish in a skillet
Homemade Hamburger Helper Lasagna - skip the box and try this homemade version. Just a few ingredients, ready in minutes, and the whole family will love it!
4.68 from 62 votes

Homemade Hamburger Helper Lasagna

By Erin
Homemade Hamburger Helper Lasagna – skip the box and try this homemade version. Just a few ingredients, ready in minutes, and the whole family will love it!
Prep: 5 minutes
Cook: 20 minutes
Total: 25 minutes
Servings: 5


  • 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • 1 pound bulk Italian sausage
  • 1 cup onion, finely chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • 1 24 oz jar marinara sauce
  • 3 cups chicken stock
  • 1 12 oz box short cut pasta
  • 1 1/2 cup Mozarella cheese, shredded
  • Basil for garnish


  • Heat a large skillet over medium high heat. Add oil swirling to coat. Add sausage, breaking apart. Mix in onion, and cook for 5-7 minute until the sausage is cooked and the onions are tender.
  • Add garlic and cook for 1 minute until fragrant.
  • Add Italian seasoning, marinara sauce, chicken stock, and pasta to the pan. Mix until well combined.
  • Bring to a boil, cover and reduce heat to a simmer. Cook for 8-10 minutes until the pasta is cooked and most of the liquid is absorbed.
  • Sprinkle with the cheese. Cover for 2-3 minutes for cheese to melt.
  • Garnish with basil and serve.



Serving: 1g | Calories: 554kcal | Carbohydrates: 24g | Protein: 31g | Fat: 37g | Saturated Fat: 14g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 24g | Cholesterol: 83mg | Sodium: 1208mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 8g

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Author: Erin
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
Course: Dinner Recipes
Cuisine: American
Servings: 5
Calories: 554
Keyword: homemade hamburger helper
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    1. You can, the recipe calls for 12 oz short cut pasta. So you can use any cut or type of pasta you want. You just need 12 oz of about the same size, and the smaller cut (like penne, rotini etc) work best.

  1. I made this for dinner tonight and we all loved it! My picky eater said he wishes I would make it every day!