Easy Homemade Hamburger Helper – how to make it baby friendly!

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You don’t need to make separate food for your baby! Here’s an example of how you can make a one pot hamburger noodle dish for the whole family with a couple adaptations for your baby.

Step One:

Get the recipe for Easy Homemade Hamburger Helper from Ashley, the Recipe Rebel.

Step Two:

Follow these adaptations to make them baby friendly!

Baby Friendly Easy Homemade Hamburger Helper

A high iron pasta dish perfect for an older baby to work on their pincer grasp!
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time25 mins
Course: Main Course
Servings: 6 servings
Author: Ashley Fehr


  • Make the recipe as instructed but follow these omissions/substitutions:
  • Only use a small pinch of chili flakes and omit the salt.
  • Use frozen chopped spinach and sodium-free beef broth.
  • When choosing a pasta, make sure to look for one that has been iron-fortified. Just look for iron on the Nutrition Facts label!
  • Once the dish has been made, remove some for baby. Then stir in the salt for the older family members!
  • Since this recipe uses smaller macaroni noodles, this will work best for a baby 9 months and older!


ALLERGEN INFO: this recipe contains two top priority allergens: cow’s milk and wheat. For the most up-to-date information on introducing your baby to potential allergens, check out the allergy module in our e-course Start Solids Confidently.

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Click here for our 6 point checklist to turn your family’s favourite meals into meals your baby can eat WITH you!

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