Salisbury Noodle Bowl and it Can be Gluten Free
This month, the Good Cook Kitchen Experts and Bloggers were challenged to create a one pot meal comfort meal. To me, ground beef, gravy, and garlic toast spells comfort food. Yes, I’m quite content with just whipping up some ground beef in gravy and eating it over garlic bread. Some people may claim to be a meat and potatoes sort of person, but I’m more meat and gravy. Then being Southern, I want a little bread to soak up all that liquid goodness. Of course being from the deep south, we don’t say “soak up.” We sop stuff up with the bread.
If you grew up between the 1950s and the 1980s, you probably ate some of those Banquet Boil-in-Bag meat and gravy dishes. They were the absolute best! I don’t know how I would have survived in college without them! Unfortunately, it seems that the microwave ended that boil-in-bag era.
Considering the busy lives most people lead today, Salisbury Steak probably isn’t much of a week night meal unless it’s coming frozen in a box. Unfortunately, the good ones aren’t even available any more, so this recipe will still give you the flavor without the work. Consider this a Salisbury Hamburger Helper sort of a meal, without the box. You could even premeasure and bag all of the ingredients up to keep this made up as mixes on your pantry shelf. If you cook your ground beef when your purchase it, like I do, you can have this meal on the table in 30 minutes or less. Don’t eat Gluten Free? No big deal, use the noodle of your preference.
- 1 lb Ground Beef
- 1 tablespoon worcestershire sauce
- 1 tablespoon Mrs. Dash Original
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1 teaspoon seasoned salt
- 1 teaspoon garlic salt
- ½ c. finely chopped onion or 1 tablespoon onion powder
- 1 - 2 tablespoons butter or margarine (optional)
- 1 - 3 tablespoon(s) corn starch (to desired thickness)
- 1 tablespoon Beef Bouillion Base (or to taste)
- 3 cup hot water (May want to substitute stock for water & bouillion base)
- 1½ cups of pasta
- 1 cup frozen peas and carrots
- Cook ground beef in a pot (about 4 qt) with a lid.
- Add seasoning to the ground beef while it cooks.
- Break ground beef clumps apart.
- Drain grease from ground beef using a colander.
- While beef is draining, saute' onions in pot. I washed my pot to remove all excess grease, but it's not necessary. If you wish to wash the pot, you may want to use butter, margarine, or oil to saute' the onions.
- Return ground beef to the pot with the onion, add the cornstarch, beef bouillion, water, noodles, and vegetables.
- Bring pot to a boil, reduce heat to a simmer, and cover.
- Continue cooking at a low simmer until water has been absorbed and noodles are well-cooked. Gluten-free noodles tend to take longer than wheat pasta to cook.
- Cornstarch, water, and bouillion amounts may need to be adjusted for your individual preferences. If the gravy is too thin, but the pasta is cooked, remove liquid from the pot. Add cool water to it, then stir in a couple of teaspoons of cornstarch. Slowly stir the cornstarch mixture into the pot. This process will help prevent lumps in the gravy.
Good Cook sent some new tools to me to use in the creation of this new dish. I’m a kitchen tool junkie, so I loved getting this new set to experiment with. Although I haven’t truly used all of the tools yet, I’ve had fun playing with them all. The tools received are:
- SMART Ice cream scoop – Sleek and smooth, this beveled non-stick teflon ice cream scooper, splits in half to release perfect balls of ice cream.
- Flip Measuring spoon – This one little measuring spoon replaces four individual spoons ( 1/4 tsp, 1/2 tsp, 1 tsp, and 1 tbsp). Even though only two spoons are “visible,” just use your finger to mash it from one side and it converts to another spoon with a different measurement on the back side.
- Safe-cut Can Opener – This all in one can opener does it all! It eliminates kitchen clutter by also serving as a bottle opener, cap twister, and tab puller. It makes safe and clean cuts by slicing through the can under the rim of the lid.
- Egg Separator – Although I haven’t actually used it for a recipe, I have played with it. Ever broken an egg yolk while separating it using the egg shell? It won’t happen with this one and there is a special slot used to attach the Egg Separator to the side of the bowl. This will allow you to keep both hands on the egg shell.
- Pot Clip Holder – No more searching for a spoon rest. Just clip this Pot Clip Holder onto the side of your pot and it will hold your spoon for you while you cook. No more drips on the stove or counter top!
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Looking for some more great comfort food recipes and one pot wonders? Check out what some of my other pals from Good Cook have put together using their new tools.