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Easy Recipe For Ground Beef and Whole Wheat Pasta With Vegetables

Fast & Easy Dinner: Hamburger Buddy

With its finely chopped vegetables, ground beef, and creamy sauce, this dish is great for kids who are picky eaters. The meat, Worcestershire, and sour cream sauce mask the mushrooms, carrots, and onion.

Thanks to the familiar and fun elbow-shaped pasta, no one will notice that it's actually whole wheat. It's a wholesome, nourishing one pot meal that's sure to please parents and children alike, so get the recipe and


Hamburger Buddy

Hamburger Buddy

Easy Recipe for Ground Beef and Whole Wheat Pasta With Vegetables 2009-12-15 09:24:26


  1. 3 cloves garlic, crushed and peeled
  2. 2 medium carrots, cut into 2-inch pieces
  3. 10 ounces white mushrooms, large ones cut in half
  4. 1 large onion, cut into 2-inch pieces
  5. 1 pound 90%-lean ground beef
  6. 2 teaspoons dried thyme
  7. 3/4 teaspoon salt
  8. 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
  9. 2 cups water
  10. 1 14-ounce can reduced-sodium beef broth, divided
  11. 8 ounces whole-wheat elbow noodles, (2 cups)
  12. 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  13. 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  14. 1/2 cup reduced-fat sour cream
  15. 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.
  5. Simmer, stirring often, until the sauce is thickened, about 2 minutes. Serve sprinkled with parsley (or chives), if desired.

Serves 6.

smileyface smileyface 7 years
I made this last night and it was pretty simple and straightforward and didn't take long at all. I didn't really eat it because I made it to eat for dinner tonight, but I tasted a little bit of it and it was pretty good.
itsonlyfair itsonlyfair 7 years
i wonder how this would taste with ground lamb or turkey instead of ground beef...? just curious, i have everything but the beef and dont wnat to go out into the cold to go to the store...haha!
mcfolly mcfolly 7 years
Agreed. This sounds like it would be a nice wintertime comfort meal.
Food Food 7 years
The name sounds really funny, like something that would become popular in a foreign country, lol. But I'm not going to lie: This sounds really tasty!
Bettye-Wayne Bettye-Wayne 7 years
My mom was a TERRIBLE cook (don't tell her I said that), and Hamburger Helper is my guilty-pleasure comfort food (because it's the only thing my mom ever made that tasted right). I make a very similar dish, and I LOVE it. I'll have to try this one too.
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