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.

Lisa
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Ingredients

4
Original recipe yields 4 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

Nutrition Facts

475.1 calories; 28 g protein; 47.9 g carbohydrates; 117.2 mg cholesterol; 564.1 mg sodium. Full Nutrition

Reviews (17)

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
09/18/2006
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! Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 1 stars
06/14/2004
Didn't care for this one. It was easy though. Read More
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20 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 7
  • 4 star values: 11
  • 3 star values: 0
  • 2 star values: 1
  • 1 star values: 1
Rating: 5 stars
09/18/2006
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! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
09/18/2006
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! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
02/06/2006
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! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
01/29/2008
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! Read More
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Rating: 1 stars
06/14/2004
Didn't care for this one. It was easy though. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
09/06/2006
I thought it was great! I had to change a few of items but it was great Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/03/2007
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! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
03/08/2005
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... Read More
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Rating: 2 stars
03/08/2006
We didn't care for this too much too tomatoe pastey tasting for our taste. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
03/18/2012
A great dish for picky eaters! My kids loved it and best of all it is so fast and easy to prepare just add a salad and bread and viola dinner is served. Read More
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