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Rating: 4.08 stars
12 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 4
  • 4 star values: 5
  • 3 star values: 3
  • 2 star values: 0
  • 1 star values: 0

This is a hearty family dish that my mother made for us on chilly nights! The Italian sausage makes it extra special.

Recipe Summary

Servings:
5
Yield:
4 - 6 servings
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Ingredients

5
Original recipe yields 5 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Mix beef and sausage into 1 or 2 flat patties. In a large skillet over medium to medium-high heat, salt patties and brown well on each side. Remove meat and set aside.

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  • Saute onion and garlic in the drippings. Remove with a slotted spoon and add to the platter with the meat.

  • In the drippings, carefully brown a single layer of the raw noodles until golden, remove and do another layer until all are done.

  • Return all the noodles to the skillet with the garlic, onions, peppers, crushed tomatoes, tomato sauce and water. Break the meat patty into large chunks, gently stir all together and simmer 1/2 hour or so. Add a little water as the noodles absorb the juices. This should not be soupy, just thick and dry. Stir in the grated cheese and let it melt into the sauce. It sticks easily at this point, so don't overcook. This reheats well in a slow cooker or casserole.

Nutrition Facts

599 calories; protein 37.8g; carbohydrates 45.9g; fat 29.5g; cholesterol 138.7mg; sodium 939.5mg. Full Nutrition
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Reviews (8)

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 4 stars
02/11/2003
Not bad but a little bland for our tastes. I think it's a great base for something that can be spiced up. I liked the browning of the noodles and also the Italian Sausage and ground beef patties but I had to make 4 patties instead of just 1 or 2 as listed in the recipe. I recommend not using a just cleaned stove top like I did as the drippings from the browned patties tends to pop all over the stove LOL! Other than that it was a good recipe...thanks so much Susanna! Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
01/19/2005
I reviewed this once and the computer lost it so sorry if it's a repeat. I didn't exactly follow the recipe. First I split the meat into 4 patties. I didn't put the 2 cups of water in right away as I thought that would make it too wet to reduce properly. I put in 1 cup and added about 3/4 of the second cup during the simmer stage. I used Mozzarella cheese and put in some oregano basil and parsley toward the end. What emerged from this recipe was pasta with meatballs. The browned egg noodles didn't seem to do much. If I made it again I'd probably use slightly-parboiled rigatoni penne etc. I'd also skip the melting cheese but that's entirely personal preference. The reason I really enjoyed this recipe is that when you leave out the water-and-noodles routine is a very good and easy way to make tomato sauce with meatballs. No they're not nice round meatballs. But the perfect as they say is the enemy of the good. Use a lot of onion and the sugar in the onion plus the beef/sausage fat "mellow" the tomatoes into a really nice sauce. You could make this sauce and with some Mozzarella cheese have a great pizza topping. Or use the meatballs for sandwiches and reserve the tomato sauce for pasta. It's a really handy recipe thanks! Read More
(5)
12 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 4
  • 4 star values: 5
  • 3 star values: 3
  • 2 star values: 0
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 3 stars
01/18/2005
I reviewed this once and the computer lost it so sorry if it's a repeat. I didn't exactly follow the recipe. First I split the meat into 4 patties. I didn't put the 2 cups of water in right away as I thought that would make it too wet to reduce properly. I put in 1 cup and added about 3/4 of the second cup during the simmer stage. I used Mozzarella cheese and put in some oregano basil and parsley toward the end. What emerged from this recipe was pasta with meatballs. The browned egg noodles didn't seem to do much. If I made it again I'd probably use slightly-parboiled rigatoni penne etc. I'd also skip the melting cheese but that's entirely personal preference. The reason I really enjoyed this recipe is that when you leave out the water-and-noodles routine is a very good and easy way to make tomato sauce with meatballs. No they're not nice round meatballs. But the perfect as they say is the enemy of the good. Use a lot of onion and the sugar in the onion plus the beef/sausage fat "mellow" the tomatoes into a really nice sauce. You could make this sauce and with some Mozzarella cheese have a great pizza topping. Or use the meatballs for sandwiches and reserve the tomato sauce for pasta. It's a really handy recipe thanks! Read More
(5)
Rating: 4 stars
02/10/2003
Not bad but a little bland for our tastes. I think it's a great base for something that can be spiced up. I liked the browning of the noodles and also the Italian Sausage and ground beef patties but I had to make 4 patties instead of just 1 or 2 as listed in the recipe. I recommend not using a just cleaned stove top like I did as the drippings from the browned patties tends to pop all over the stove LOL! Other than that it was a good recipe...thanks so much Susanna! Read More
(5)
Rating: 4 stars
08/02/2006
This was a pretty good skillet meal wasn't exactly the easiest meal to prepare however. I made a few adjustments to it. I added about an 1/8 cup of sliced ripe olives added a 1/8 tsp of garlic salt & 1 tsp. of sugar (for 2 servings). Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/25/2002
Very good a mans dish. Read More
(4)
Rating: 5 stars
02/12/2003
time consuming but worth it. My husband drools over this stuff i leave out the pimentos. I dunno what that other person meant this recipe is not bland but VERY rich. I have served it to guests and they loved it. Although it makes your home smell like onion and that can be bothersome if you just cleaned. Read More
(3)
Rating: 4 stars
03/02/2014
This was a good dish - I found the extra steps involved a little strange and think you could probably get the same results by cooking the ground beef sausage onion and garlic all together in the skillet then adding in the remaining ingredients and simmering. I thought this was a fresher tasting Hamburger-Helper type dish and my son and I really enjoyed it! I left the cheese off of mine since I can't have dairy but otherwise followed ingredients and instructions - I added a little extra s&p along with garlic powder after taste testing before serving. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
01/20/2013
Years ago (like mid-1960's!) my dad found this recipe in one of those cookbooks you buy near the grocery checkout lines. We never made meat patties and didn't use pimentos. The noodles are a little hard to get evenly brown but I think that's what sets this dish apart. It's a tasty one-skillet dish! Read More
Rating: 3 stars
03/12/2013
This recipe was just.....ok. Like one user stated it is time consuming. Not a 5 star by any means. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
02/29/2016
it turned out really well... everyone enjoyed this dish... Read More