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


Recipe Summary

40 mins


Ingredient Checklist


Instructions Checklist
  • 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 (or chives), if desired.

Nutrition Facts

204 calories; protein 9g 18% DV; carbohydrates 37.8g 12% DV; 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: 4 stars
I would only use this recipe if I could substitute veggie products for the meat and cheese. Too much cholesterol! Who financed your education? The beef industry? Read More
Rating: 4 stars
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
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
I made this tonight for dinner and I thought it was a great dish. Everyone enjoyed it and it was fairly simple to prepare. I would add some more spices next time but I will make it again for sure. Ontario Canada Read More
Rating: 2 stars
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: 5 stars
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
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: 1 stars
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: 4 stars
I thought this recipe was easy to prepare and was a good comfort food dinner but I agree with the comments above regarding the recipe being bland. I made the recipe exactly as stated above with no substitutions. I will make this recipe again but I have a few tips or thoughts for next time: 1) I tried the technique described in the recipe for processing the veg but ended up with more of a puree than a fine chop. I don't know if this was really that bad but next time I will experiment and use the shredder on my processor to see if I end up with actual bits of veggies. 2) I will definitely use more Worchestire Sauce more herbs and some tomato paste next time. 3) Because the recipe is bland my husband added a little shredded cheddar to the top of his serving. I know that this reduces the health factor a bit but it really added to the flavor. Read More