Prep 20 mins
Cook 30 mins
From Eating Well
- 3 garlic cloves, crushed and peeled
- 2 medium carrots, cut into 2-inch pieces
- 10 ounces white mushrooms, large ones cut in half
- 1 large onion, cut into 2-inch pieces
- 1 lb 90% lean ground beef
- 2 teaspoons dried thyme
- 3⁄4 teaspoon salt
- 1⁄4 teaspoon fresh ground pepper
- 2 cups water
- 1 (14 ounce) can reduced-sodium beef broth, divided
- 8 ounces whole wheat elbow macaroni (2 cups)
- 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
- 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
- 1⁄2 cup reduced-fat sour cream
- 1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley (to garnish) or 1 tablespoon chives (to garnish)
- Fit a food processor with the steel blade attachment. With the motor running, drop garlic through the feed tube and process until minced, then add carrots and mushrooms and process until finely chopped. Turn it off, add onion, and pulse until roughly chopped.
- Cook beef in a large straight-sided skillet or Dutch oven over medium-high heat, breaking it up with a wooden spoon, until no longer pink, 3 to 5 minutes. Stir in the chopped vegetables, thyme, salt and pepper and cook, stirring often, until the vegetables start to soften and the mushrooms release their juices, 5 to 7 minutes.
- Stir in water, 1 1/2 cups broth, noodles and Worcestershire sauce; bring to a boil. Cover, reduce heat to medium and cook, stirring occasionally, until the pasta is tender, 8 to 10 minutes.
- Whisk flour with the remaining 1/4 cup broth in a small bowl until smooth; stir into the hamburger mixture. Stir in the sour cream. Simmer, stirring often, until the sauce is thickened, about 2 minutes. Serve sprinkled with parsley.
A step up from Hamburger Helper, but it's just okay and I wouldn't make it again, I made it with ground turkey. I could see it working for picky kids.
This is a very good quick meal. Mine was made with veggie burger and whole wheat spaghetti as I didn't have whole wheat elbows and I used fat free sour cream. Don't forget the Worcestershire, I think that's the key that makes it all work. It's very filling and hearty too. Made for Photo Tag.
This is a solid go-to weeknight recipe, and it is perfect for DH and I as our eating habits differ widely! His craving for all things "helper" was satisfied, and since I used ww pasta, ground turkey, and fat free sour cream I knew it was a healthy meal for us. I don't have a food processor (alas!) so I just chopped the veggies finely and it tasted just fine. Thanks so much for posting this; I'm sure we'll enjoy it even more as the weather gets cooler! Made for Zaar Tag 2008.