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Gunk on Noodles Recipe
  • READY IN 40 mins

Gunk on Noodles

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"My mother came up with this wonderfully simple dish on a snowy Michigan night when all she had on hand was a pound of ground beef. My father and I just loved it, and when Dad asked her what it was called she laughed and said 'Gunk on Noodles.' The silly name stuck, and I've been making it for my family for 25 years. A quick meal made with items we all have on hand."

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  • PREP

    15 mins
  • COOK

    25 mins

    40 mins


  1. Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Place the egg noodles in the pot, cook 6 to 8 minutes, until al dente, and drain.
  2. In a large skillet over medium-high heat, cook the ground beef 10 minutes, or until evenly brown. Mix in the onion and garlic, and cook until onion is tender. Mix in the tomato paste, mushrooms and juice, sugar, butter, and Worcestershire sauce. Season with salt and pepper. Continue to cook and stir 5 minutes, until bubbly and heated through. Serve over the cooked noodles.
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Sep 17, 2006

This was so easy and tasty! My daughter loved it! I did use minced garlic (we love it!) about 2 tablespoons, and I used 2 tablespoons of worsterchire sauce too! Omitted the mushrooms- not our taste! I also used a Prego Traditional spaghetti sauce. I would have used tomato sauce if I had it, just used what I had! The ingredients all came together and made a VERY tasty meal!

Most Helpful Critical Review
Jun 14, 2004

Didn't care for this one. It was easy though.

Feb 06, 2006

Very good and simple to make. My 3 yr old loved it and so did my husband. I used rainbow rotini since we had it on hand and went ahead and mixed the sauce with the noodles before serving it. I also sprinkled some salad seasoning and tossed it before serving. Everyone loved it! Thanks so much!

Jan 29, 2008

Perfect for our snowy night, thanks! I didn't have mushrooms and the 'gunk' was too thick without the juice so I added some water. I'm not sure which my kids liked more, the meal or the name!

Sep 06, 2006

I thought it was great! I had to change a few of items but it was great

Oct 03, 2007

Really good! I didnt think I would like it by the recipe list, but it turned out great and my kids ate all of it. Thanks!

Mar 08, 2006

We didn't care for this too much, too tomatoe pastey tasting for our taste.

Mar 08, 2005

I made this last night and my husband just loved it. We are also big fans of garlic so of course I had to use more. When I added the tomato paste and also added 6 ozs of warm water to it, to make it thinner.I served it over egg noodles. With a infant at home, this is a quick and easy recipe and doesnt take that much time. Thanks for the recipe...


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  • Calories
  • 475 kcal
  • 24%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 47.9 g
  • 15%
  • Cholesterol
  • 117 mg
  • 39%
  • Fat
  • 19.4 g
  • 30%
  • Fiber
  • 4.4 g
  • 18%
  • Protein
  • 28 g
  • 56%
  • Sodium
  • 564 mg
  • 23%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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