Hamburger Houdini

Lately I am finding myself in an ongoing battle to get my son to eat something other than fruit and bread. Don’t get me wrong, I love that he loves fruit, but I would like him to give vegetables and proteins a try. Seriously, what kid doesn’t like noodles? During one of these battles, I remembered a recipe my mom used to make for weeknight dinners when I was growing up. It’s ridiculously easy, made all in one pot, and surprisingly good.


  • 1 pound ground Beef
  • 2 cups mixed vegetables, frozen
  • ½ box Pasta, Uncooked Farfalle, macaroni, shells, etc.
  • 4 cups Beef Broth
  • 2 tbsp Dill, chopped, if using dried, cut amount in half
  • Sour Cream
  • French Fried Onions


  1. Brown beef in large sauté pan with lid.
  2. Mix in vegetables and pasta.
  3. Add broth. Mix, bring to a simmer, and cover. Let cook for about 15 minutes, or until pasta is cooked through.
  4. Season with salt, pepper, and dill. Serve with sour cream and onions.

It was as simple and yummy as I remember. Oh, and as for Carter? No, he wouldn’t eat this either. Back to the drawing board!

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