Total Time
1hr 10mins
Prep 35 mins
Cook 35 mins

Most of the beef and mushroom soup recipes here include barley. I have never used barley, but am rather curious about it. BUT, anyone who knows me knows a couple of things: I shop frequently at the salvage store and I will take a shortcut anywhere I can get it in the kitchen when I'm in an experimental mood. This recipes uses a Hamburger Helper mix and sounds pretty good for a quick winter weeknight meal. Great, too, if you're on a budget. Those boxes of Hamburger Helper are only a buck at the salvage store, so that works for me, who is always looking for a bargin.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. In a 4 quart Dutch oven, cook the beef and onions until done.
  2. Drain any fat or liquid that remains.
  3. Stir in hot water, Sauce Mix, basil, salt, pepper and garlic.
  4. Heat to boiling, stirring constantly.
  5. Reduce heat.
  6. Cover; simmer 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  7. Stir in uncooked pasta and mushrooms.
  8. Cover; cook 10 minutes longer.
  9. Stir in parsley.


Most Helpful

I loved it. The kids loved it. Super easy and super tasty, especially on a cold winter's night. It was gone in one day. I used cheeseburger Hamburger Helper and round steak, but forgot to add the parsley at the end. I also used 1/4 tsp of garlic powder like another reviewer. Thanks, Amy, for a wonderful legacy of recipes. UPDATE 3/10/08: Made it with Beef Pasta version of Hamburger Helper like I was supposed to in the first place, and added a sprinkling of dried parsley at the end. Still delicious, and even more so than before.

Laura O. March 10, 2008

5 stars from everyone in the family, even the 3 year old! This was so easy to make, and was a hearty, flavorful soup! I smiled when I found Hamburger Helper on sale at the store for $1! We made this in honor of Amy's birthday (9/10). The only change I made was to add a bit of garlic powder. The directions mention adding garlic in step 3, but it's not mentioned in the list of ingredients, so I threw in a few sprinkles of garlic powder for good measure. Delicious!! Thank you, sweet girl, we miss you.

TnuSami September 10, 2007

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