Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Easy Noodle Bake


From time to time we are asked for recipes for easy meals for busy moms with young children. This recipe will fit the bill. This recipe is enough to serve two adults and one or two younger children. It can be doubled to feed more.

Ingredients:
  • 1/2 lb. ground beef
  • 1/2 cup chopped onion
  • 1-1/2 cups uncooked egg noodles (I used medium)
  • 1 cup frozen vegetables of your choice (I used chopped broccoli)
  • 10 oz. can of cream of mushroom soup
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 cup shredded colby/jack cheese


Method:
  1. Saute onion with a little olive oil until translucent.
  2. Add ground beef and cook thoroughly, seasoning with salt and pepper to taste, drain excess fat, set aside.
  3. Spread uncooked noodles evenly in bottom of prepared baking dish.
  4. Top with cooked beef and the vegetables.
  5. Whisk soup, milk and water together.
  6. Pour over vegetables.
  7. Top with cheese.
  8. Cover dish with foil sealing well.
  9. Bake at 375 degrees for 30 minutes.
  10. Serve hot with a side salad if desired.

Ellen's Extra Tip:
Why not cook up a larger portion of ground beef when preparing this easy meal since ground beef usually sells for less in larger packages. Use a whole onion and cook up a three or more pound package of ground beef and save equal portions in freezer ziploc bags for future use. You could store one package in the refrigerator and make a nice taco salad another night of the week. Freeze the other portions for easy retrieval for a quick meal like hamburger soup or chili. 

8 comments:

  1. I'm going to try this with thinly sliced potatoes!

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  2. Looks delicious and very easy Ellen - just the ticket for those busy days. Love your extra tips too. I wonder if this could be done in the crock pot as well. We just enjoyed some crock pot lasagna on our camping weekend and it has me thinking of what other things could be cooked that very convenient way....

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  3. Wow...this looks so good and easy. Thinking to add something like bell pepper, pineapple and sliced boiled eggs. :)

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  4. Thank you! I am a busy mom with young kids, and I made this last night. They usually like all their food separate, but I went for it anyways. My 3-year-old and 5-year-old both liked it. Only my 18-month-old refused it, but she was already grouchy. I precooked my noodles to al dente, blanched the fresh brocolli, and doubled most ingredients (except the soup and liquids) and made it in a 9x13" baking dish. I completely forgot to mix the milk and water in to the soup, so I added it at the end, and it still came out great.

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    1. Liza, I'm so glad your 3 and 5 year olds enjoyed it. I love how you adapted the ingredients to work well for you and your kids!

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  5. This looks like a great recipe for my 95 year old MIL....she LOVES mac n cheese and this seems like her kind of meal.

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  6. My husband fixed this for us today, using zucchini from our garden for the vegetable. It was a hit and will be served again. Thanks!

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