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Hamburger Buddy! January 12, 2010

Filed under: eat your vegetables,meat,one dish — frappqueen @ 9:27 pm
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This was what we ate last night, but I was still too sleepy from my harrowing audition, plust a full day of school and crazy painting children til 4:30 to update!

This dinner is one of our favorites. It isn’t too hard to make and its fairly good for you too! Also, its really a cozy dish, which is nice when you’re sleepy on a Monday.

I found this recipe about a year ago on EatingWell.com, and we’ve been making it ever since!

hamburger buddy!

Hamburger Buddy

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
3/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
2 cups water
1 14-ounce can reduced-sodium beef broth, divided
8 ounces whole-wheat elbow noodles, (2 cups) (I use Smart Pasta in the purple box, I hate whole wheat pasta!)
2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1/2 cup reduced-fat sour cream
1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley, or chives for garnish


In a food processor, mince up the garlic, carrots and mushrooms. Turn it off, add onion, and pulse until roughly chopped. I must confess, this never works for me, we always end up with a substance that looks like mush, but hey, its still veggies and it still tastes good, and that might come in handy if you  have picky eaters and need to sneak some veggies!
Cook the  beef in a large straight-sided 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 (if you forgot to save the broth like I often do, just whisk it with a little water!); 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.

Scoop into bowls and be amazed! It’s like Hamburger Helper, but healthier and tastier!

close up!


5 Responses to “Hamburger Buddy!”

  1. Jill Says:

    Just to let you know, I am taking my first bites of this dish and it is really good! Like, wow good! I’ll keep you updated on the other dishes that I’ve made/am going to make from your blog!

  2. Jill Says:

    no, it wasn’t bad at all. i think the only change i made in the ingredients were using canned mushrooms instead of fresh cause i’m cheap and italian seasoning instead of just thyme. i’ll be having more for lunch tomorrow!

  3. Jill Says:

    do you think this would freeze okay or not? i’m not sure since it has noodles in it. i made some more tonight using fresh mushrooms and for some reason it’s a lot more liquidy than last time. still tasty though!

    • frappqueen Says:

      I have no idea about freezing it, its probably okay. I always make mine with fresh mushrooms though, so maybe you just put in more liquid or didn’t cook it out as much?

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