Hamburger Buddy


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.

Cook Time:
40 mins
Total Time:
40 mins
8 cups


  • 3 cloves garlic, 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 pound 90%-lean ground beef

  • 2 teaspoons dried thyme

  • ¾ teaspoon salt

  • ¼ teaspoon freshly ground pepper

  • 2 cups water

  • 1 14-ounce can reduced-sodium beef broth, divided

  • 8 ounces whole-wheat elbow noodles, (2 cups)

  • 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce

  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour

  • ½ cup reduced-fat sour cream

  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley, or chives for garnish


  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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 (per serving)

204 Calories
3g Fat
38g Carbs
9g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 6
Calories 204
% Daily Value *
Total Carbohydrate 38g 14%
Dietary Fiber 5g 16%
Total Sugars 5g
Protein 9g 18%
Total Fat 3g 4%
Saturated Fat 2g 9%
Cholesterol 10mg 3%
Vitamin A 3498IU 70%
Vitamin C 5mg 6%
Folate 33mcg 8%
Sodium 534mg 23%
Calcium 68mg 5%
Iron 3mg 14%
Magnesium 45mg 11%
Potassium 416mg 9%

Nutrition information is calculated by a registered dietitian using an ingredient database but should be considered an estimate.

* Daily Values (DVs) are the recommended amounts of nutrients to consume each day. Percent Daily Value (%DV) found on nutrition labels tells you how much a serving of a particular food or recipe contributes to each of those total recommended amounts. Per the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the daily value is based on a standard 2,000 calorie diet. Depending on your calorie needs or if you have a health condition, you may need more or less of particular nutrients. (For example, it’s recommended that people following a heart-healthy diet eat less sodium on a daily basis compared to those following a standard diet.)

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a special diet for medical reasons, be sure to consult with your primary care provider or a registered dietitian to better understand your personal nutrition needs.

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