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Dairy Free Cheesy Hamburger Pasta

This recipe will send you right back to your childhood! Assuming you grew up around the same time as me, loving Hamburger Helper night. I know, I know... it's SO processed and high in sodium but WHATEVER. It's delicious. There are a few from-the-box meals that I wish I could have but instead, have had to come up with easy variations. The fun part about it is that it's much healthier to make it from scratch and it honestly doesn't take anymore time. This will be one of your favorite weeknight staple recipes!

Obviously, Hamburger Helper is a big no-no in the dairy free and gluten free world, so I recreated it and it tastes even BETTER than the real deal. So creamy, so cheesy, and so hamburger-y! Even those unaffected by food allergies and food sensitivities will love this dish, so you can forget about cooking separate meals for yourself and your family.

I always aim to make my recipes so good, someone who can eat {all} the gluten and {all} the dairy would love the meal as well. My favorite way to test if a recipe is ready to go is by "tricking" my husband. I tell him I made myself a gluten and dairy free version but his uses dairy and gluten, where it's needed. Luckily, he's very honest with me about these meals because I made it clear early on that unless he is, I can't improve upon these recipes. If he eats a dish and doesn't notice a difference, we are good. to. go.

This cheesy hamburger pasta passed the test!

Give it a try - let me know what you think in the comments below.

Much love,

- Cass


10 oz gluten-free penne (we use Barilla)

1 lb ground beef

1 Tablespoon ketchup

1 Teaspoon dijon mustard

1 Teaspoon garlic powder

1 Teaspoon onion powder

salt and pepper to taste

2 cups broth

1/2 cup dairy-free cream cheese or sour cream (tofutti brand is my preference)

1 cup dairy-free shredded cheese (we use daiya pepperjack)


Brown the ground beef in a large skillet over medium high heat

Reduce heat to low and add the ketchup, mustard, seasonings, penne, and broth to the pan and stir

Cover and simmer for 12-15 minutes or until pasta is al dente

Remove pan from heat and stir in the cream cheese or sour cream

Return the pan to the warm burner and stir in the shredded cheese

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