This is one of those happy accidents that happened when I had to make up dinner from what I had in the cabinet. It serves a whole family and the kids love it. I used a mixture of what was left in the bottom of the pasta boxes for the pasta. Any short pasta will work. Try adding broccoli, peas or carrots as a variation.

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Ingredients

8
Original recipe yields 8 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. Add penne, and cook for 8 to 10 minutes, or until tender. Drain.

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  • Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add ground beef and onion; cook, stirring to crumble the beef, until evenly browned. Drain off excess grease, and mix in the cream of onion soup, cream of chicken soup, and Cheddar cheese soup, along with the water and sour cream. Simmer over medium heat for a few minutes. Stir in the cooked pasta, and serve immediately.

Nutrition Facts

379.6 calories; 21.1 g protein; 31.3 g carbohydrates; 66.5 mg cholesterol; 824.7 mg sodium. Full Nutrition

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Rating: 5 stars
04/15/2010
I found this to be very easily done even doing at a friend's house where I don't know where all of her stuff is. The 3 kids I babysit plus my son (ages 6-10) loved it! For adults though it would likely need more spice - a little bland. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 2 stars
12/31/2005
It was okay for a quick dinner. I would probably not make this again however. Sorta bland even with all the sauces. Read More
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26 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 9
  • 4 star values: 11
  • 3 star values: 1
  • 2 star values: 2
  • 1 star values: 3
Rating: 5 stars
04/15/2010
I found this to be very easily done even doing at a friend's house where I don't know where all of her stuff is. The 3 kids I babysit plus my son (ages 6-10) loved it! For adults though it would likely need more spice - a little bland. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
04/15/2010
I found this to be very easily done even doing at a friend's house where I don't know where all of her stuff is. The 3 kids I babysit plus my son (ages 6-10) loved it! For adults though it would likely need more spice - a little bland. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/06/2009
Very easy recipe!!! Great alternative to hamburger helper. Not nearly as dry. The whole family loved it!!! Read More
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Rating: 2 stars
12/31/2005
It was okay for a quick dinner. I would probably not make this again however. Sorta bland even with all the sauces. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
10/26/2009
Great starter recipe! I also used mushrooms instead of onions and did not use the chicken soup instead I substituted a can of beef broth and added my own spices to taste. I did use the sour cream but no water as the beef broth added enough moisture. I also added just a little velvetta. Very tasty! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/30/2012
I liked this dish. I made a few changes and used what I had on hand. I used I can cream of chicken 1 can cream of mushroon. instead of chedd cheese soup I used shredded American. didnt have any sour cream so I used cream cheese and I added some broccoli. to my surprize it was very good and kids and husband enjoyed it as well. will make this again. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
04/04/2011
This was super simple to make and although it tasted a bit bland was really yummy after adding some cajun seasoning. My 9 yr old loved as is. Thanks for sharing! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
01/04/2006
This tasted pretty good. I made just one change from onions to mushrooms (as I don't like onions) and the only thing that made me give a 4 instead of a 5 is that I found it just a tad too cheesy although my man loved it. I will definitely make again and may up the sauted mushrooms and lower the cheese soup. Thanks for the recipe. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
06/15/2009
I was limited on ingredients tonight but had to do something with ground beef. I was pleased to see I had all of this. I browned the beef with dried onion flakes and then put it all in a casserole dish with a bread crumb topping and browned it off. IT was really good! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
05/26/2011
Me my boyfriend and his kids all enjoyed this. Very easy to make - even for me. I just used regular cream of chicken soup because I couldn't find the cream of chicken soup with herbs. I also used only 1 lb. of ground beef and it turned out fine. I omitted the water and sour cream which may have helped as others have called this recipe bland. Read More
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