Monday, May 09, 2005

Hamburger Buddy

Hamburger Buddy (Adapted from Eating Well)

3 cloves garlic, crushed
2 medium carrots, cut into 2" pieces
10 ounces white mushrooms, cut any large pieces in half
1 large onion, cut into 2" pieces
1 pound ground sirloin
2 teaspoons dried thyme
3/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
2 cups water
1 3/4 cups beef broth, divided
8 ounces whole-wheat elbow noodles
2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1/2 cup sour cream
2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley

With a food processor running, drop garlic through the feed tube and process until minced. Add carrots and mushrooms - process until finely chopped. Add onion and pulse just until the pieces are roughly chopped.

In a Dutch oven over medium-high heat, add ground sirloin and cook, breaking the meat up with a wooden spoon, until no longer pink, 3 to 5 minutes. Stir in the chopped vegetables, thyme, salt and pepper - cook, stirring often, until the vegetables start to soften and the mushrooms release their juices, about 7 minutes.

Stir in water, 1 1/2 cups broth, noodles and Worcestershire sauce. Bring mixture to a boil, cover, reduce heat to medium and cook, stirring occasionally, until the pasta is tender, 8 to 10 minutes.

Meanwhile, in a small bowl, whisk flour with the remaining 1/4 cup broth until smooth. When the pasta is just tender, stir into the meat mixture. Stir in the sour cream. Simmer, stirring often, until the sauce has thickened, about 2 minutes. Scatter each portion with a sprinkling of parsley.

Makes about 6 servings.

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  1. For the Hamburger buddy, do you cook the pasta separately or take out the meat mixture? I was a little confused. I want to make it soon. It looks really yummy.

  2. Hi Laura's Mom - you don't do either! Easy huh? The pasta is added with the water and broth, so the entire thing cooks together. Meat, pasta and all in one pot!

  3. Thanks Joe. Will make it tonight. Your new house is awesome.

  4. Joe, do you think this would be fine with ground turkey? Or do you need that beefy flavor? Thanks. Fantastic house! Beth

  5. Beth - I wouldn't hesitate to use ground turkey or chicken!

  6. Tasty, even my "picky eater" ate it and liked it.

  7. Anon - Very glad to hear! Thanks for the feedback!

  8. Joe,

    Hey! It's been a while since I've been to the site. I'm thinking about making this recipe but I don't have a Dutch oven. Will cooking it in a skillet work, too?

    The recipe looks like a winner. My kids like pasta, so I'm hoping I can get this past them.


  9. Trish - Hey!

    I think it would work as long as the skillet is big enough to hold it all!