Rating: 3.61 stars
176 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 11
  • 4 star values: 124
  • 3 star values: 17
  • 2 star values: 10
  • 1 star values: 14

Very finely chopping onion, mushrooms and carrots in the food processor is not only fast--it makes the vegetables hard to detect for picky eaters. They also form the base for the sauce of this ground beef skillet supper. Make it a meal: Serve with a green salad.

EatingWell Test Kitchen
Source: EatingWell Magazine, September/October 2007
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Ingredients

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Directions

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  • 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.

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  • 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 (or chives), if desired.

Nutrition Facts

203.8 calories; protein 9g 18% DV; carbohydrates 37.8g 12% DV; exchange other carbs 2.5; dietary fiber 4.6g 18% DV; sugars 4.7g; fat 3.3g 5% DV; saturated fat 1.7g 8% DV; cholesterol 9.5mg 3% DV; vitamin a iu 3497.6IU 70% DV; vitamin c 5.2mg 9% DV; folate 33.1mcg 8% DV; calcium 68.4mg 7% DV; iron 2.5mg 14% DV; magnesium 45.3mg 16% DV; potassium 415.6mg 12% DV; sodium 534.1mg 21% DV; thiamin 0.2mg 21% DV.

Reviews (175)

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176 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 11
  • 4 star values: 124
  • 3 star values: 17
  • 2 star values: 10
  • 1 star values: 14
Rating: 5 stars
05/02/2019
Yum! Easy delicious AND healthy! And it's the kind of meal I can basically use anything I have on hand. I did not have mushrooms but I put one green bell pepper in the mixer instead (chopped in smaller bits of course) and I used some leftover tomato paste I had. I can see this becoming a frequent flyer in my kitchen! Thanks:o) Read More
Rating: 5 stars
04/23/2019
This was an amazing dish! My entire family loved it! It s healthy and delicious and I am so glad I tried it! Read More
Rating: 4 stars
03/03/2019
Love this recipe. Very comfort food and So easy! The carrots give it a nice little bit of sweetness and onions and sour cream give it so much flavor! Love this meal as it's easy and yummy!! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
01/12/2019
This is a good starter recipe. I cut up and cooked the veggies in broth for 15 minutes then used an immersion blender to create the "sauce". Also used creminis versus button mushrooms. I used some of my lemon thyme and then let that simmer while I browned the ground beef. The sauce was very thick so I added 2 more cups of water (didn't add more broth) after mixing in the ground beef. I sprinkled canning salt and ground pepper over the top then 'eyeballed' the worchestershire sauce (I think it was probably about 4T). The noodles cooked up great and the sauce consistency was perfect. I used plain yogurt to finish it off. Really liked it! Read More
Rating: 2 stars
09/16/2018
Very bland. Needed less thyme and more salt. We won't be making this again nor will anyone probably eat the leftovers tomorrow. Read More
Rating: 3 stars
01/23/2018
Too bland. Needs more salt. Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
09/05/2017
I'll start by saying that my family did eat this meal and will have it for leftovers tomorrow so it isn't horrible. However we won't be cooking it again. In a world of a million online recipes (and just as many cookbooks) it was just too far from where it needed to be. First it is very bland. I added some celery salt and dried mustard to perk up the flavor after tasting it. I think it could benefit from more pepper maybe even a steak blend. It also needed quite a bit more Worcestershire. Everyone added a few shakes to their bowl and agreed it was better. Husband thought perhaps it needed the bite from chives or scallions. Second mine had way too much liquid in the end. I would recommend cutting 1/2 cup of the water and giving that a try. And finally this isn't something you take pictures of. Luckily my toddler doesn't care what food looks like but the husband muttered something about the dog getting prettier food. Read More
Rating: 4 stars
08/19/2017
Great base recipe. I didn't add the carrots. I substituted homemade vegetable stock for beef ground turkey for beef and whole wheat flour for all purpose. I only used one cup of water. I added more salt Worcestershire sauce and herbs de province instead of thyme. Family loved it. Read More
Rating: 3 stars
07/28/2017
I was out of thyme so I used 1 1/2 t. of dried basil instead. It was a decent meal and a good healthy substitute for processed boxed dinners. The first bite was a little bland but the more I ate the more I liked it. Read More
Rating: 4 stars
06/19/2017
Pretty Good! I reccomend taking out the carrots since they don't really go great with the garlic and onion. Great base recipe if you're looking to eat healthier. Read More
Rating: 1 stars
06/13/2017
Totally nasty in every way will definitely not make this again my family hated it so did I. Read More
Rating: 3 stars
04/26/2017
Very boring and bland if you follow the recipe to a T. I used it as a guideline and put in a lot more salt worcestershire and even some sugar. Served the dish with shredded cheese and hot sauce. It turned out fine delicious enough for a tired Tuesday night. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
02/20/2017
My little girl is a very picky eater and she polished two plates full of this!!! I couldn't believe it!!! I did add a little extra salt because it was a bit bland to my taste but other than that it was fabulous!! My husband loved it too Read More
Rating: 2 stars
02/20/2017
The sauce didn't really thicken up and the thyme was overbearing. I used dried powder like thyme so I only used 1/4 of what the recipe called for but it was still too much. My daughter said it was ok but my husband wouldn't eat it at all. Read More
Rating: 1 stars
02/14/2017
This was so gross I had to throw it all out. Had I known that thyme was so nasty tasting I never would have added it. No one in the family liked it. Read More
Rating: 4 stars
01/09/2017
Both my husband and I really enjoyed this BUT with the following changes as suggested by some of the comments - Had no carrots or mushrooms so just didn't use them. Cut onion into small pieces didn't use processor at all. Reduced thyme to just a couple shakes. Replaced water with broth. Added a small can of tomato paste. Used plain Greek yogurt instead of sour cream. Didn't really need flour probably because I didn't use all the water. Added a few extra spices...paprika garlic salt. Now with these changes...would definitely make again. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
01/07/2017
Fiance is a picky eater so this healthy hamburger helper was perfect. We added red pepper flakes to give it some spice. Read More
Rating: 3 stars
09/07/2016
This looked so good but unfortunately it was bland. I am not big on salted foods but I actually added salt to this. Perhaps I should have just used regular broth instead of low sodium. What I did like about it was that it looked very yummy and all the vegetables in it were nicely masked so children would never know. I was very filled after eating 1 and a half servings which was still very low in calories. All good things in the dish but the flavor needs bumped up. Read More
Rating: 1 stars
08/27/2016
Well....it would have been good without so much thyme. I would make it again but omit the thyme. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
08/19/2016
I love Hamburger Helper. I am practicing eating healthier and restricting calories. I was surprised at the size or the serving portion for ONLY 204 calories. I did let the sauce really thicken so I cooked it longer. Nailed the flavor and texture of Hamburger Helper. I agree it was a little bland with the amount of Salt and Pepper called for but so long as I don't need to restrict Salt I used Salt and Pepper to taste and that was all the adjustment I made. It does look sort of beige but so does Hamburger Helper. Read More
Rating: 4 stars
04/10/2016
Kids and husband loved it! After making some changes of my own this is in our weeknight dinner rotation. My three boys (ages 4 and under gobble it up!) I changed: -all beef broth - no water -extra noodles -I add a couple stalks of celery and sometimes a bell pepper to the food processor along with the carrots and onion -portabello mushrooms instead of regular mushrooms -less thyme some parsley -1 cup of frozen peas cook at the end 2-3 min (very important! Otherwise it ends up just being a pile of mush!) we put sour cream and sharp cheddar cheese on at the table - that way everyone is happy with as little or as much as they want. Pros: quick healthy lots of veggies Cons: a little unappetizing looking Read More
Rating: 3 stars
03/20/2016
I made mine exactly the way the recipe calls for it I added lots of kosher salt and pepper. I also added shredded cheese at the end. The onions and vegetables came out really nice and crisp so I don't understand how some people claimed it came out mushy and bland when I also tasted the garlic. I enjoyed it better than the boxed version and my son who's a picky eater devoured this! Pros: easy alternative to boxed hamburger helper Read More
Rating: 4 stars
02/26/2016
Great weeknight meal My husband loves comfort food like hamburger helper however i don't like meals out of a box so this was the perfect solution. It tasted fresh and simple and satisfied his craving. We will definitely be making this again. Pros: healthy alternative to processed food easy to make usually have all ingredients on hand Read More
Rating: 3 stars
06/25/2015
Pretty good So I read a lot of the reviews and decided to adapt the recipe per the other comments. I didn't have mushrooms so I just left them out. Sauted the carrots and onions then removed them from the pan. Browned the meat and added back in the veggies. Used basil instead of the thyme and added 1/2 cup red wine. When it was done cooking I topped it with Parmesan cheese. The husband had 2 helpings so that is always a good sign. Will make again but I might leave out or reduce the Worcestershire. Read More
Rating: 1 stars
05/26/2015
Hamburger Horror Never before have I had to throw out a meal. It was truly that bad. Even with the tweaks that other reviewers mentioned it was simply disgusting. Mushy weird flavors and ugly. Pros: Ended up with some yummy pizza from the local delivery place Cons: It was so bad I had to throw it out Read More
Rating: 1 stars
04/04/2015
Yuck Not good at all. Too saturated no taste. Pros: Not much Cons: everything Read More
Rating: 1 stars
01/26/2015
Bland and mushy This was disgusting. It had no flavor at all and while making it it became obvious to me that the person who wrote this recipe didn't know how to cook. Following the directions leads to severely overcooking the vegetables to the point where they nearly dissolve into the sauce and the only hint of flavor is the Worchestershire sauce although that mostly gets lost in the mud of the rest of this recipe. Why why why would anyone want to copy Hamburger Helper which is the notoriously worst food in existence? (I made this because my mother found the recipe and insisted that I cook it for her. She apologized afterward because it was such a bad recipe.) Why isn't there a terrible rating? Poor is too good for this mush. Pros: none Cons: bland and mushy Read More
Rating: 1 stars
12/12/2014
Bland and unappealing I read the reviews and I thought that perhaps the people who gave this low reviews were following the recipe to closely or didn't have as much experience in cooking and had difficulty improvising. Well I am very experienced and I was amazed at just how bland and flavorless this was - I'm not even sure where in the recipe things went awry but I ended up adding a tablespoon of tomato paste and taco seasoning then sprinkled some crushed tortilla chips and shredded cheese on top and put it under the broiler for a minute or two. It became edible and the family liked it OK but it wasn't really healthy at that point. So disappointed... Pros: Quick and easy Cons: Flavorless Read More
Rating: 3 stars
11/09/2014
I think I know the problem... I think that part of the problem with reviews on this recipe COULD be that people (like me) was looking to this as a substitute for the way unhealthy but tasty Cheeseburger Macaroni Hamburger Helper. This recipe is not that and if someone takes a bite into it expecting that they will be disappointed. Having said that - this recipe is a nice change of pace and a good way to have comfort food with some veggies mixed in (coming from someone who is not a veggie fan). I had some big garlic cloves and it definitely had a garlic taste to it and was honestly a bit bland otherwise. I salted and peppered it and put a little bit of shredded cheddar in it and thought it tasted good. I probably won't make it much because it did seem a bit labor intensive for a weeknight meal. I'll be interested in seeing what my husband has to say about it. Pros: A healthy mac and burger recipe; good way to get veggies in Cons: a bit labor intensive for a weeknight meal Read More
Rating: 5 stars
05/21/2014
A huge hit with the whole family has become a staple This has become one of my family's go-to meals a real comfort food-type dish. My husband and two teen boys are big meat eaters so I actually double the amount of ground beef and up the pasta to about 12 ounces for extra heartiness. The only other modification I make is to add to replace the water with more broth and throw in a generous handful of grated sharp cheddar for a bit of a cheeseburger mac twist. Rounded out with a spinach salad it makes a healthy hearty meal for hungry guys! Pros: Healthy fairly quick and easy Cons: Food processer clean up (not my favorite thing to do) Read More
Rating: 2 stars
10/27/2013
Bland This is pretty flavourless. I added BBQ sauce to mine and my husband added HP sauce and my son added ketchup so we could all get some flavor. Will not be making again. Pros: healthy Cons: tasteless Read More
Rating: 4 stars
10/22/2013
Great dish Could have eaten without the sour cream think next time I will Pros: Family Friendly Cons: Didn't see any Cons with this dish Read More
Rating: 3 stars
09/27/2013
Add Cheese This was good but didn't wow me bc it was a little bland. Add some cheese and it becomes awesome. Pros: Healthy can't taste the veggies Cons: A little bland Read More
Rating: 4 stars
09/05/2013
My family loves this I don't have a food processor so I used my slap chop style chopper on the veggies and it worked great. I used plain Greek yogurt instead of sour cream. Much better than Hamburger Helper and way healthier. Pros: healthy easy great for the picky toddlers Cons: lot of prep if you don't have a food processor Read More
Rating: 1 stars
08/22/2013
Meh. This dish was edible and i added some extra spices to make it taste better. I really just tasted like mush. I had high hope because I love mushrooms! I believe if other spices were used and you did not put the veggies in a food processor this could be a decent dish. Pros: Healthy Easy Fairly inexpensive. Cons: Bland Texture is strange. Read More
Rating: 1 stars
08/17/2013
Awful This was not good at all. You need to be a fan of thyme to like this recipe. I fed it to the dogs... We ordered pizza. Read More
Rating: 3 stars
05/20/2013
Great for kids My toddler loves this and it works for adults as a weeknight meal as well. I do not use the food processor though. I am afraid it would be too homogenous and the texture of the carrots is needed. It doesn't take long to dice everything up by hand. It also freezes well. We have half with a salad for a family dinner and I freeze the rest for a quick lunch on a later date for my daughter. Read More
Rating: 4 stars
04/19/2013
4 out of 6 loved it! The other two liked it. I used regular beef broth and sour cream instead of the healthier versions suggested. I am a dumper with seasonings so our dish had plenty of flavor. I also use garlic powder instead of fresh garlic. In my experience garlic powder adds more flavor than fresh. I know this must be killing some of you out there! Sorry. I did measure the thyme. All of my kids loved this recipe. Pros: easy good flavor vegetables completely disguised Cons: must alter the recipe to fit your taste Read More
Rating: 2 stars
03/16/2013
missed something This was kinda a bland recipe the carrot it in made it sweet and sort of awkward Pros: was a good recipe Cons: missed the sauce texture Read More
Rating: 1 stars
03/13/2013
tasteless this was terrible. We added cheese and salt for the kids to eat it and chile and salt for the adults. definitely needs some adjustments Pros: healthy - taste good with added chile/chile powder & cheese Cons: overload of thyme Read More
Rating: 1 stars
02/09/2013
Threw the whole thing in the garbage!! I have NEVER had a recipe that I just threw in the garbage after tasting it. Waaaaay too much Thyme. The meat and veggies turned into a big mushy mess. The whole dish had zero flavor to it. GROSS GROSS GROSS!!! Pros: It was easy to make. Cons: Tasted terrible Read More
Rating: 1 stars
02/05/2013
Just Not Comforting I had high hopes for this dish. It looked and sounded scrumptious but the result was just sub-par. The taste was just not really held on together with the meat and the veggies. I can't describe it well but my husband said it was the result of trying to make a meal too healthy. It sure looked wonderful as I took it out of the oven... Pros: looks good healthy Cons: not very tasty Read More
Rating: 4 stars
01/13/2013
Yummy - Hit the spot with goodness This was a great meal however I made a few additions... I added finely pureed fresh spinach and pureed fresh tomatoes - no mushrooms! I also substituted the noodles for quinoa noodles...this dish came out awesome however it was low on flavor - next time I may add crushed red pepper and extra fresh pepper maybe even some jalapeno juice to give it a little kick but overall it was delicious and a big hit with the hubby! Get creative and enjoy... Pros: Veggies and more veggies! Cons: Flavor Read More
Rating: 4 stars
12/04/2012
great basic recipe just needs a few little tweaks I followed many of the other reviewers suggestions to tweak this recipe. I omitted the thyme (i don't enjoy the flavor) and added a cajun season we use in the family. I used all low sodium beef stock instead of water I chopped my veggies instead of using the food processor and I used greek yogurt instead of sour cream. The recipe turned out thick and flavorful. I wish i would have remember to throw in some frozen peas as some of the other reviewer had suggested. I will definitely make this again. Pros: simple fast and healthy Read More
Rating: 4 stars
11/19/2012
Even my kids liked it Neither my kids nor I are huge fans of carrots or onions but I thought I'd give it a try anyway. The finely chopped veggies was a good way to disguise them. I made a few substitutions- ground turkey instead of beef and Greek yogurt instead of sour cream. The thyme flavor is strong but it was fine for us. My 2 year old finished her bowl and my 4 year old asked for seconds. I'd say that was a success. Pros: Easy great flavor Read More
Rating: 2 stars
10/24/2012
I thought that this recipe was quite tasteless. I added Cavenders and Shiracha sauce which helped.Adding mushrooms would be a plus. Read More
Rating: 3 stars
10/10/2012
Solid comforting meal I made this recipe with a handful of modifications. I added tomato paste and paprika as suggested by the other users. I did not puree the veggies into oblivion I just chopped them. That probably really saved the texture. I also added frozen peas and doubled the Worcestershire sauce (don't worry - I used low sodium). It's tasty hearty and very family friendly but it's not a WOW recipe. This dish is a solid citizen but not a dazzler. I'll definitely add this one to my weeknight repertoire as a stick-to-your-ribs crowd-pleaser. Pros: Kid-friendly hearty lots of leftovers quick you probably have everything in the pantry already Cons: Unadventurous Read More
Rating: 4 stars
08/07/2012
Great Family Friendly..with just one adjustment My family just laps this stuff up. My husband often had the box stuff growing up-which I refuse to serve. He thinks this recipe is great. My son thinks it's wonderful. As with any dish of this type it's even better the second day. ONE big adjustment-if you love thyme addthe 2 tsp if you think thyme is okay add less than 1 tsp. It can overpower this dish Read More
Rating: 4 stars
08/02/2012
Simple and hearty I followed the recipe except I used turkey and added extra carrots and mushrooms. I used whole wheat pasta which changed the cook time a bit. The sauce was plenty thick. I found the seasoning just right for little ones. My husband and I always add more pepper to our own plates. Next time I'll throw in some peas. Thanks for a family friendly meal that is healthy. Pros: My 1 year old loved it Read More
Rating: 1 stars
07/31/2012
Disappointing But Has Potential with Tweaks As a 25 year old single male on a mission to eat healthier I decided to give this recipe a try based upon other reviews. I'll be the first to say I am a cook-in-progress but this was pretty simple to make. The ingredients are all easy to find and relatively affordable. As prepared this makes six huge portions so this will definitely be great for family's on a budget (or twenty-somethings with bills like me!). My main problem is that it is incredibly bland as prepared. The thyme overpowered during cooking (to the point my roommate said it smelled awful) and even though this dish has plenty of veggies the thyme was too much even when I was eating it. DEFINITELY cut back or omit the thyme. As others recommended I would highly encourage you to make substitutions. Use all low-sodium beef broth instead of water. I like to use Greek Yogurt instead of sour cream to save on calories. I'd also recommend adding some tomato paste for flavor as well as some seasonings of your choice - I made a second batch later on it and it was MUCH better doing this and with a bit more Worcestershire sauce as the sauce as prepared is pretty thin. I also drained the meat which it didn't mention to do. So while I was REALLY disappointed with how bland and flavorless this was the first time I made it - if you're willing to make a few healthy substitutions this will be a relatively inexpensive meal that will feed a lot of mouths and tas Read More
Rating: 4 stars
07/08/2012
Great recipe. I reduced the ground beef to 3/4 lb replaced the sour cream with hummus for thickness and extra fiber and added peas. The fiancee who hates vegetables LOVED it. Will definitely make again. Read More
Rating: 2 stars
06/29/2012
Way too much thyme! Was looking for a kid-friendly one skillet meal that had some hidden veggies. I think the large amount of dried thyme was a mistake in this recipe - it overwhelms all other flavors. Next time I might try adding tomato paste and a little paprika as some other users suggested. Hopefully I might still be able to doctor up the leftovers! Pros: sneaks in veggies Read More
Rating: 4 stars
06/12/2012
Yummy hamburger buddy - but with modifications I used ground turkey instead of hamburger. I did use the food processor and my veggies were not mushy. They were perfect just don't over process. In addition I added tarragon to this and a touch of cinnamon. I added a half of a bun to the plate to soak up the extra sauce. Will make this again. Pros: Great way to add vegetables that are not noticed Cons: Not very flavorful unless you add extra stuff Read More
Rating: 4 stars
04/27/2012
I used coconut milk instead of sour cream! In order to make this kosher I replaced the sour cream with coconut milk I had on hand. It was delicious! You could probably leave it out altogether by adding a little more broth. Read More
Rating: 4 stars
04/25/2012
Stealth Veggies!! I made this using turkey mince the pureed veggies seemed to bulk out the meat and create a nice thick sauce. I also added paprika and tomato paste for a stroganoff style feel. It was very yummy and the kids LOVED it. I think you could even add some red lentils if you want extra fibre. I didn't add the extra water and therefore didn't need the flour. Pros: Comfort food great for fussy kids quick and easy Cons: needs tweaking Read More
Rating: 4 stars
04/11/2012
Really Tasty With Modifications I read all these reviews for this dish. I wanted to make it since it seemed like it should be good but there were so many bad reviews. I made this last night and made all the modifications that were suggested. I did the following: -Used all broth no water -Added a lot more garlic -Added just a dash of thyme (I'm not a fan anyway) -Added some red wine after adding the veggies -Chopped the veggies didn't use food processor With these modifications it was really tasty and flavorful! I used low-sodium broth and didn't need to even salt the dish before eating. Pros: Flavorful easy Cons: Needs modifications Read More
Rating: 3 stars
04/02/2012
Add additional spices I put the veggies in a food processor per the recipe because I needed to hide them from my kids. For those that complained they became mushy and virtually unnoticeable that was the whole point. It will be too bland if you don't add additional spices to the ground beef. In addition to the saeasons it called for I added tumeric season salt dried parsley some spanish spices. At the very end I added lots of shredded sharp cheddar cheese. 3 teens and 3 per-teens devoured it. None was the wiser that there were veggies included;) Pros: Better than boxed Hamburger Helper Cons: Takes more time:) Read More
Rating: 3 stars
04/01/2012
Needs Work I reworked this quite a bit. First off just chop your veggies; don't try using a food processor. Second unless you really really love thyme only use ONE teaspoon. Otherwise it overpowers everything to the point of ruin. The first time I made this I nearly threw the whole batch out for this reason. GLUTEN-FREE readers: use brown rice pasta and substitute cornstarch for the flour and you'll be good to go. Read More
Rating: 1 stars
03/02/2012
Just Terrible!!! This was a terrible recipe. First off- the food processor cannot be used for this. Just by pulsing for a second it purees the mushrooms way too quickly turning them into paste. Definitely would not use the FP instead just chop everything yourself. The taste is very bland too- just terrible. VERY DISAPPOINTED!:( Cons: food processor kills the vegetables very bland taste Read More
Rating: 4 stars
02/15/2012
Not MY buddy I'm sorry I had to give this recipe even one star in order to enter my review. It deserves no star at all. My entire family and I were totally disgusted and disappointed in this dish. I cannot imagine anyone actually liking this hideous concoction. First of all putting all those veggies and nice fresh mushrooms in the food processor completely destroyed their textures except for the uneven chopping of the onion which overpowered everything. The finished product resembled and tasted like (I would imagine) Alpo or a disgusting Hamburger Helper creation. And the final ridiculous garnishing of this bear sh_t with chopped chives was like putting a tiara on Golda Meir. I would not have the audacity to recommend this recipe to anyone and feel so ashamed that I had subjected my poor family to this turd of a meal. Do not waste your time energy and on this. I am so repulsed that I will NOT be testing any further recipes from this site and will stick to my usual repertoire and use only recipes from my tried and true sites from now on. THANKS FOR NOTHING! Pros: None Cons: All Read More
Rating: 4 stars
02/03/2012
Delicious Recipe This was a very good recipe to make - and it makes alot! Next time I will cut in half. Although I felt the dish was heavy and starchy it had good flavor! Thanks for sharing! Read More
Rating: 3 stars
01/11/2012
Good Easy Meal I ommited the thyme because I just did not think it would go well and glad I did. It was very tasty and hearty meal. I made it with ground turkey and fat free sour cream and lots of vedgies chopped up. I did not use a food processor so it too some time to chop all the vedgies small enough to disolve into the sauce. Very good and my fiance who is from Italy was satisfied for a week night meal! Pros: Healthier Alternative Cons: slightly time consuming Read More
Rating: 3 stars
12/10/2011
Was a little bland. I added more garlic and some creole seasoning. Was not very impressed with it. Refrigerated the left overs for lunch the next day since it wasn't that bad. Believe it or not it actually tasted better cold. Read More
Rating: 4 stars
10/31/2011
Don't have a food processor so my veggies were diced by hand. Used ground turkey and chicken broth. Had very good flavor and kept well for lunch the next day. Made a fairly large amount too so it added up to a cheap meal! Anonymous Jacksonville FL Read More
Rating: 4 stars
10/31/2011
My family loved this! The catchy name was the initial draw for my 8 year old; the taste won him over. I used lean ground turkey without any compromise of taste. The food processor makes this recipe an easy weeknight nutrition-packed meal! Anonymous VA Read More
Rating: 4 stars
10/31/2011
OK I admit I didn't tell my kids there were carrots and mushrooms in the sauce...but they really liked it (my 5-year-old loved it!) and my husband liked it so much he went back for a large second helping. A great and tasty way to sneak veggies in. Rajani Concord MA Read More
Rating: 4 stars
10/31/2011
Okay so my husband hates onions and mushrooms...I added extra garlic a little less onion and ground everything to a pulp. He LOVED it and wants it to be a family favorite from now on! Andrea Kalamazoo M Read More
Rating: 4 stars
10/31/2011
I could only make this for my husband and me. If my daughter was eating it I would have to omit the mushrooms because she is allergic to them. But it would make it easier to get my daughter and grand-daughter to eat the onions which they don't really like. Read More
Rating: 4 stars
10/31/2011
This was ok. i skipped the onion because I have a sensitivity to them. My daughter and husband really likes it but it is not what we had expected. It was decent. Read More
Rating: 4 stars
10/31/2011
I've made this dish a few times and have even printed the recipe for a neighbor to try. I like this dish a lot. My neighbor used veggie crumbles instead of hamburger and said it was not a big hit. I used ground turkey and chicken broth instead of the beef and I think it tasted great. Just be sure not to add extra carrot it will make the dish sweet tasting. I made that mistake once thinking that I would boost the veggie intake. I stick to the amount of veggies the recipe calls for now. It's tasty. Read More
Rating: 4 stars
10/31/2011
Have you ever noticed just how many people there are out there that have no imagination and can't cook either? I have. I've fixed this many times for many people and most of them will NOT eat mushrooms but they love this when I fix it. One friend of mine will not touch broccoli mushrooms or zucchini. but he eats it when I fix this with those items in it also. If you don't like something then CHANGE it. Grow up and drop all the "Yuck" and "I'll never fix this again" or the "I don't LIKE that" garbage. GIVE ME A BREAK PEOPLE!!!! I think this recipe is at the very least a darned good starting point. Especially for a bunch of overage 3 year olds from the way you sound. James Conyers GA Read More
Rating: 4 stars
10/31/2011
Obviously this recipe needs another review! I thought it was ok but not outstanding. The texture of the minced veggies was a little strange and oddly I couldn't find whole wheat elbows so I used whole wheat rotini. I would absolutely make this again. Tim St. Paul MN Read More
Rating: 4 stars
10/31/2011
I hate to give bad reviews but this wasn't very good. I usually like to try to fix a recipe but not with this one. We added cheese at the end but something was definitely missing. The recipe made a large pot and no one even touched the leftovers. Most of the family didn't even finish their bowl. The only thing I did different to the recipe was to add in white wine but it didn't help. If anyone can figure out what seasoning is missing I might be willing to try it again. I am a huge fan of this website and this is the first time I didn't like a recipe. Julie Iowa LA Read More
Rating: 4 stars
10/31/2011
I hate mushrooms onions and cooked carrots but blending them up makes them downright tasty. I would suggest using less than the "one large onion" in the recipe - even my onion-loving guests thought it was overkill. But maybe my onion was gargantuan. Good eats! Adam Dactyllo Bozeman MT Read More
Rating: 4 stars
10/31/2011
It was pretty good. My husband and 2-year old daughter liked this dish. She usually does not eat onions and mushroom but she ate them. My husband had a second helping. I put some cheese on the top of the dish to add more flavor. Riko Pittsboro NC Read More
Rating: 4 stars
10/31/2011
Easy to make and tasted wonderful! Donna NH Read More
Rating: 4 stars
10/31/2011
I thought it was a bit on the bland side and I was very generous with the garlic and salt. It was edible though. The next day it tasted a little better but still probably not something I would remake. Lee Bergman AR Read More
Rating: 4 stars
10/31/2011
I had surgery in my mouth to remove a tumor and my sense of taste has been affected therefore I need a lot of spices to enhance the taste. This dish was WAY too bland for my taste. Too bad because it was so simple to put together. I can only say that I won't be making this dish again. Diana Antioch TN Read More
Rating: 4 stars
10/31/2011
I made this last night. I chopped up veggies and added a cup or so of frozen veggie mix. It was pretty good. Dont forget to add cheese! Although that will add calories. Katie Read More
Rating: 4 stars
10/31/2011
I tried to make this dish extra healthy by using ground turkey breast instead of ground beef.I strongly urge you not to try this! It was horrible. It wasn't edible at all. It turned out an orangy mush that lacked flavor. Yuck! Susan Cartersville Ga Read More
Rating: 4 stars
10/31/2011
Hated it! Brought it to a pot luck and not sure if people were just being nice but my husband and I hated it. Would rather have something that tasted more like stroganoff. It's only saving grace is that my one year old seemed to like it - we have been giving her the left-overs. Anonymous Boulder CO Read More
Rating: 4 stars
10/31/2011
I made a few tweaks and this came out very well. My two boys and DH loved it. I used the grater attachment on the food processor and grated all the veggies. Also I replaced the water with stock to boost the flavor. Very good-I am sure this will make it into my regular weeknight rotation. mom2.2boys Lake Forest CA Read More
Rating: 4 stars
10/31/2011
I gave this 3 not 4 stars for two reasons: it tasted really good but I had to make a few changes to it. It's not astounding or anything but it's a hearty meal with lots of veggies fiber and protein. I can't stand mushrooms but the rest of my family likes them. Instead of "very finely chopping" the onion mushrooms and carrots I actually made somewhat of a chunky paste with them: I pureed half of the mixture (this made the dish more watery than it was supposed to be so I had to add a bit more flour to thicken it up) and finely chopped the other half in the food processor and it came out great. I can't even taste the mushrooms which was a big bonus at least for me. I used Fiber Gourmet elbow noodles which is actually much healthier than whole-wheat pasta and tastes way better. I used 1/2 teaspoon of dried thyme 3/4 teaspoon dried basil about 1 teaspoon of Penzeys Pizza Seasoning (Weird I know but it tastes amazing!) and a little less than 1/4 teaspoon of ground pepper to avoid what other reviews said about this dish ("Too much thyme; bland."). Oh and I added a rounded teaspoon of freeze-dried chives instead of using fresh chives/parsley as a garnish. Because I have a lot of regular beef broth on hand I didn't go out and buy reduced-sodium broth. I only used a dash of salt from the salt-shaker which I'm not even sure I needed but I wanted to be safe. To cut down on fat and calories I used 93% lean beef and fat-free sour cream. I doubt I'd Read More
Rating: 4 stars
10/31/2011
Instead of ground beef I used ground turkey; and I also used fat free sour cream instead of the low fat sour cream. Also there is a low fat chicken broth to use instead of beef. My husband loves this dish and it makes enough for 2 meals. The leftovers are even better. Cindy T Canfield OH Read More
Rating: 4 stars
10/31/2011
I made this for my family and we all thought it was great. Very easy and we actually pureed most of the mushrooms the kids didn't even know what veggies were in it until we told them. We will be making this one again. Jennifer New Bern NC Read More
Rating: 4 stars
10/31/2011
I have made this a couple of times and my family likes it a lot as an occassional dish. I cut down on the Worcestshire sauce because it was a bit strong eliminated the thyme but substituted some other herbs and added a bit more salt. I do use the food processor as it gives it a saucey feel more like the packaged version. It's not gourmet but it does the trick for a family meal without all the processed garbage from a box. Erin Madison WI Read More
Rating: 4 stars
10/31/2011
My family loved this recipe... I added about 1/2 cup wine to the recipe and even my kids loved this I made it twice in 1 week... will try the pecorino next time I make this... thanks eating well. kasd97 Neptune NJ Read More
Rating: 4 stars
10/31/2011
I made this for my family tonight and hand chopped the veggies as fine as I could. I was pleased with how it turned out. It did seem like it was missing something- maybe peas or chili powder. I can't tell if it needed something sweet or hot to kick it up a little. I wouldn't go as far as to say it was bland though. I will certainly make it again. I didn't have reduced sodium beef broth so I used regular and didn't add the 3/4 tsp salt. That may have been why I thought it was missing something- but I didn't want the extra sodium. Leslie Los Angeles CA Read More
Rating: 4 stars
10/31/2011
Not crazy about this dish. My husband and I both found it to be somewhat bland. Not terrible but it is not likely that we will make it again..... Karen Pittsburgh PA Read More
Rating: 4 stars
10/31/2011
Delicious! I would def. not process the vegetables though. I just sliced them and my family loved the dish! Amanda Atlanta GA Read More
Rating: 4 stars
10/31/2011
I just made this the pic looks good. But it was just ok. I think it would have tasted better if the veggies were chopped by hand and it was def missing something. I added grated parmesan just to give it 1 last kick. laughlaugh Rockville MD Read More
Rating: 4 stars
10/31/2011
This recipe is pretty bland except for the harsh taste of too much thyme. E.Bay mom Berkeley CA Read More
Rating: 4 stars
10/31/2011
I love this recipe. I didn't use thyme in the recipe and I used frozen chopped vegetables (more convenient for me). Besides that I followed the recipe and added salt to taste. It's my first time eating whole wheat pasta and I like it. This is the third recipe I do from your magazine and instead of buying the mag on newsstands once in a while I'll subscribe today. Anonymous Montreal QC Read More
Rating: 4 stars
10/31/2011
My children would not eat mushrooms this is a great recipe that is healthy and tasty my children ate it all! Ruth Medina Medford MA Read More
Rating: 4 stars
10/31/2011
My husband and I are trying to eat heathier and I came across this one-pot meal (great for a work night). We were very surprised on how good this tasted. I followed another's suggestion and chopped the vegetables instead of the vegetables being put in the food processor. My husband is a picky eater and he said he would eat this again! Thank you. Shelley Chicago IL Read More
Rating: 4 stars
10/31/2011
I suppose I ought to preface this by saying I made a tomato version but this was just ok. I had high hopes (we like the packaged "hamburger buddy") and wished other reviewers were just being picky but it's not that great. We'll definitely eat it but I don't think I'll be making it again or at least not very regularly. Laura OK Read More
Rating: 4 stars
10/31/2011
This even works well as a vegetarian version with vegetable broth & veggie ground "meat". My kids loved it! Tina San Francisco CA Read More
Rating: 4 stars
10/31/2011
Oh my. There is waaaaaaay too much thyme in this. My husband (who's not a picky eater) took a couple of bites of this and refused to eat it... we are throwing out the leftovers (and we are cheap so that says a lot!). The concept is good just the seasonings need to be tweaked. I think I will make this again but I will reduce the thyme down to 1/2 tsp and add other spices (maybe some italian seasoning or basil or even some cajun seasoning). Chris San Diego CA Read More
Rating: 4 stars
10/31/2011
Ok... I wanted to like it it sounded good on paper but tasted rather bland and mushy. I would not recommend adding this recipe to your collection unless you have finicky kids at home. Anonymous San Francisco CA Read More
Rating: 4 stars
10/31/2011
When I made this I quartered the mushrooms and chopped the carrots into about 1/2 inch pieces. My kids aren't finicky about vegetables and they loved this. The pasta was not mushy at all. My 15 year old licked his bowl and said it as a keeper and so did DH. And this recipe is a core recipe if you are doing that program on weight watchers! Definitely going into my recipe collection. Jan OK Read More