Gunk on Noodles

Gunk on Noodles

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  • Prep

    15 m
  • Cook

    25 m
  • Ready In

    40 m
Recipe by  Lisa

“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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Original recipe yields 4 servings



  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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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!



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!



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!

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Amount Per Serving (4 total)

  • Calories
  • 475 cal
  • 24%
  • Fat
  • 19.4 g
  • 30%
  • Carbs
  • 47.9 g
  • 15%
  • Protein
  • 28 g
  • 56%
  • Cholesterol
  • 117 mg
  • 39%
  • Sodium
  • 661 mg
  • 26%

Based on a 2,000 calorie diet



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