Vera Hinman’s Noodle Dish

We never had Hamburger Helper when I was growing up – not that it wasn’t available, but Mom scorned such things. Luckily, though, we had Vera Hinman’s Noodle dish so we didn’t feel too deprived.

Vera Hinman's Noodle Dish, simple & quick ground beef & noodles
Vera Hinman’s Noodle Dish, simple & quick ground beef & noodles

 

This is plain, good home-cooking at it’s best. Seriously tasty, and under 30 minutes to get on the table. It’s also a perfect example how a home-made dish can beat out a box by a long shot, in quality, taste, and price. We loved it as kids, enough so we always kept the name, Vera Hinman’s Noodle dish. I still love it today.

The funny thing is, for decades, I never knew who this Vera Hinman was. I searched around and googled (I just couldn’t let it go) and finally found that Mom got the recipe from the Des Moines Register, 28 of June 1970.

Vera Hinman's Noodle Dish, simple & quick ground beef & noodles
Vera Hinman’s Noodle Dish, simple & quick ground beef & noodles

Vera Hinman and her friend, Flo Hopewell (I still make Flo’s Cheesy Bacon Foil Potatoes) were both featured. The two families and two best friends lived on houseboats, at least part of the year, near Muscatine, Iowa.

Vera’s Noodle Dish is not too fancy but it is downright comforting: Thank you, Vera! If you’d like this with a bit of spiciness, add a few dashes of hot sauce.

Vera Hinman's Noodle Dish, simple & quick ground beef & noodles
Vera Hinman’s Noodle Dish, simple & quick ground beef & noodles
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Vera Hinman’s Noodle Dish

Vera Hinman's Noodle Dish, simple & quick ground beef & noodles

A very simple, very quick & very scrumptious down-home mix of ground beef & noodles. Add additional spices if you’d like or pass the hot sauce for those who appreciate it.

  • Author: Vera Hinman, slightly adapted
  • Prep Time: 2 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 17 minutes
  • Yield: 4 - 8 servings

Ingredients

  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 medium onion, diced
  • 2 stalks celery, diced
  • 1/2 bell pepper, diced
  • 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
  • salt and pepper, to taste
  • 2 cups v-8® vegetable juice or tomato juice
  • 2 cups water
  • 8 ounces egg noodles, wide

Instructions

In a Dutch oven, brown hamburger, drain.  Add vegetables and seasonings, and cook until onion is tender.

Add juice and water, bring to a boil. Add noodles and simmer until cooked through, about 15 – 20 minutes. If needed, use a spatula to bring up the noodles from the bottom, turning over, once or twice. Don’t actually “stir” or will end up with mush.

If this becomes too dry, add a bit more water.

Notes

Add cheese if you’d like.

Nutrition

  • Calories: 278
  • Sodium: 258mg
  • Fat: 13g
  • Carbohydrates: 25g
  • Fiber: 2g
  • Protein: 15g
  • Cholesterol: 69mg
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Put Your Own Spin on Vera Hinman’s Noodle Dish
  • You can vary your ingredients by season, add more or less, or put in whatever you like.  The original recipe called for jarred mushrooms, but we omitted them…put them back in, or saute your own and add if you like them.
  • The small amount of seasoning lets the flavors shine through – you can certainly up the spiciness and add anything you’d like to flavor this.
  • My son likes his with cheese; personally, I think that’s an abomination, but I let it go because he doesn’t know he’s eating veggies!

Last priced  October 2011 for about $2.38.

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