I've never had hamburger helper before (thanks Mom, for never introducing those types of food to us :); but from what I have seen, I think this could be considered the "homemade" version. Andy's comment: "hamburger helper tastes like salt - this tastes like really good food."
Benefits of making it from scratch - low fat, fresh produce, no additives or preservatives, no mystery powders, and choice of whole wheat pasta (higher in fiber and protein).
1 pound ground turkey
1 onion, chopped
3 cups water
1 (28-ounce) can crushed tomatoes
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 tablespoons Italian seasoning
1 bay leaf
1 tablespoons soy sauce
2 teaspoons garlic powder
salt & pepper, to taste
12 oz dried whole wheat rotini
Sour cream, optional
Fresh parsley, chopped, optional
In a large pot, sauté the ground turkey over medium-high heat, until no longer pink. Break up meat while sautéing. Add the onions and garlic to the pot and sauté until they are tender about 5 minutes. Add 3 cups water, crushed tomatoes, Italian seasoning, bay leaf, soy sauce, and seasonings. Stir well. Place a lid on the pot and allow this to cook for 10 to 15 minutes.
Add the pasta, stir well, return the lid to the pot, and simmer for about 20 minutes. Turn off the heat, remove the bay leaves and allow the mixture to sit about 10 minutes more before serving. Optional: dollop with sour cream and parsley.