Monday, April 22, 2013

DIY Hamburger Helper – Italian Style

So, this isn’t exactly a hamburger helper – but it has a similar approach being made in the skillet. 

In fact, I’d argue it’s better.  Real ingredients make a huge difference. 

You’ll find Italian sausage (we used turkey sausage), whole wheat pasta, spinach, tomatoes and mushrooms in this one, along with onion, garlic and parsley!

DIY Hamburger Helper – Italian Style


  • 12 oz. whole wheat pasta (we used penne)
  • 1/2 lb. ground Italian sausage
  • 1 can diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 8 oz. mushrooms, sliced
  • 1 T mined onion
  • 1 tsp. minced garlic
  • 1 tsp. parsley
  • 1 tsp. oregano or basil, your choice (or, do some of both!)
  • 1 can (14 oz) tomato sauce
  • 1 C spinach (fresh or frozen)
  • 1-2 T milk
  • 1/4 C Mozzarella cheese


Begin by browning the Italian sausage in a large skillet.  Drain.  Then, return the sausage to the skillet and add in 1 can diced tomatoes (undrained), 8 oz. sliced mushrooms, 1 T minced onion, 1 tsp. minced garlic, 1 tsp. parsley, and 1 tsp. mix of basil and oregano. 

Add in 1 can of tomato sauce and bring the skillet mixture to a low, slow simmer.  Simmer until the sauce thickens slightly – about 10 minutes.  Meanwhile, bring your pasta to a boil and cook according to package directions.  Drain. 

When sauce has thickened, add in 1 C spinach.  This can be fresh or frozen, but should be torn or chopped.  Add in 1-2 T milk at this point too.  Stir. 

Add in cooked pasta.  Stir well. 

Sprinkle the top with 1/4 C shredded mozzarella cheese.  Allow the cheese to melt. 

Serve warm. 


  1. That looks yummy! I'll have to try it sometime!
    If you haven't tried it Heavenly Homemakers Cheeseburger Macaroni is delicious too!

  2. That sounds so very good - pinned to share :)


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