Recipe for busy moms: Ground Beef Curly Noodle

March 4, 2006

Thanks to Jessica from my parenting board, who pointed this recipe out. I made it tonight because I was purely out of other ideas and it sounded easy. And it was! It’s a one pot meal with noodles, veggies and ground beef, oh so easy and pretty tasty.

You can print the recipe from All Recipes, but I made two small adaptations to the recipe so I’ll repost it here.

Ground Beef Curly Noodles

Prep Time: 10 Minutes
Cook Time: 20 Minutes
Ready In: 30 Minutes
Servings: 6 (this would feed four people)


* 1 pound ground beef
* 2 (3 ounce) packages Beef flavored ramen noodles
* 1 (14.5 ounce) can Del Monte diced tomatoes
* 1 (10 ounce) can whole kernel corn


1. Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat. Crumble in the ground beef, and cook until no longer pink, stirring frequently. Drain off grease.
2. Stir in the flavor packet from the noodles, tomatoes, and corn (with their juices). Break up the noodles slightly, and add them to the skillet. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to low, cover, and simmer for 20 minutes, or until noodles are tender. Stir occasionally to break up any clumps of noodles.

**I specified Del Monte diced tomatoes because they have better flavor than Hunts (no really, they do). You could use any flavor of diced tomatoes but I used Garlic and Onion this time. We keep a supply of different flavors of the diced tomatoes on hand because they can be used in many different meals.

**I used 2 packages of Ramen, Beef flavor (instead of one package of Ramen, Oriental). If you’re cooking for less people, just use one package. I liked the Beef flavor quite a bit.

**Josh put salsa on top of his and thought it really kicked up the taste, so you could try this too!

Both Josh and Brianna ate it and liked it. Our test of likeability is if Brianna says “mmmm” and Josh says he’d take it as leftovers for lunch.

This is an easy meal that costs well under $10, depending on how much you buy your beef for. Here’s a breakdown of what it cost me, since I coupon shop:

beef: 1.89/pound
corn: .35 a can (Green Giant corn)
tomatoes: .40 a can (Del Monte Garlic and Onion)
Ramen: .15/package

Total for dinner at my house, with enough leftovers for lunch for all three of us: approximately $2.94

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