Monday, March 3, 2014

Beef Noodle Skillet

A couple years ago I had a vision of a dish that combined the flavors of our typical meatloaf dinner into one meal.  Growing up, we usually had meatloaf, fried noodles, and corn.  These flavors went so well to me that I couldn't understand why we hadn't thought to make it into one dish.  While visiting my parent's house, I decided to try it out.  While describing it to my mom, she said that she was pretty sure she once had a recipe for something similar.  I dug through her recipe box and found this:

This is a really old recipe off a can of Del Monte tomatoes.  My mom had apparently made it at some point and I guess took it to an office party.  She said she was pretty sure this was before I was even born or when I was very young.  I guess I wasn't the only person with the vision of this delicious combination.

By accident, this recipe is adapted from Del Monte's Macaroni Beef Supper.

1 lb. ground beef
1 small onion chopped
1 can corn, drained or 1 cup of frozen corn, thawed
1 can tomatoes (whole, diced, whatever you've got)
1/2 c. ketchup
1/2 package egg noodles, boiled and drained

This one is super easy, and the order of operations doesn't matter much.

Put your water on to boil for the egg noodles.  Brown the ground beef and onion until no longer pink.  Drain off the fat.  

P.S.  It's really hard to take a good photo of meat browning because of all the steam!

Add the tomatoes (break them up if whole), corn, and ketchup.  Mix to combine.

When the noodles are cooked, drain and add to the beef, corn, tomato mixture.

Stir to combine and add more ketchup if desired.  You want the noodles to be pretty moist, so you may need more ketchup if they look dry.

Scoop it right out of the skillet and serve with biscuits for a delicious meal.

The Verdict: 
I don't have a Mr. Picky Pants review for this recipe since he wasn't there to try it.  However, my parents and I both thought it tasted really delicious.  It was so easy to make, it's definitely one to keep on hand for those hectic evenings.  It's a complete meal all in one and is filling.  Give this one a shot when you just have no idea what to make.  I'll bet you have everything in your pantry.

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