I haven’t been feeling all that well the past few days. I’ve been battling a sore throat, heavy head and congestion. I definitely don’t have a cold (yet), but my body is fighting something.
Given how unwell I have been feeling, I haven’t really had the desire to cook. However with a husband and children to feed, I’ve been toughing it out to ensure they all go to bed each night with full and satisfied tummy’s. Surely, I could let my husband take over the meal prep. However. I would rather my food fresh and not served in a take-out container.
A couple night’s ago, I opted to make one of my all-time favorite comfort foods. Hamburger Hash. This meal was commonly found on our weekly meal plan roster during my adolescence. It was an inexpensive, quick and easy meal to throw together in less than 20 minutes.
When I got married in 2007, I begged and pleaded with my Mom to share her recipe with me. She had never written it down anywhere. It was one of those creations that she came up with in her head when she was 19 and I was just a newborn. Finally I gave up on asking her to write up the recipe and wound up crashing her kitchen on a few occasions to learn the ins and outs of this recipe. Hamburger Hash is now MY daughter’s favorite meal, so I think it’s time that I jot down the recipe that my Mom once passed on to me.
1 lb lean ground beef
1 can of Campbell’s Vegetable Soup
1/2 cup of frozen corn (optional)
1/2 cup of rice
a pinch of flour
2 to 3 cups of shells
HP Sauce (optional)
Bring a pot of water to boil. In another pan begin browning your ground beef. Drain off the fat once your meat is browned.
Once the beef has browned, your pot of water should have reached boiling point. Add your shells to the pot of boiling water and cook until al dente.
Add the vegetable soup, rice, frozen corn, a pinch of flour and 3/4 of a soup can full of water to your skillet with the ground beef. Simmer until the liquid has pretty much evaporated.
Once your pasta has reached your desired tendency, drain. Set aside. Mix the pasta into the meat mixture once the liquid in your skillet has pretty much evaporated.
Combine the pasta and meat mixture well. This part is optional, but I like to mix in a couple good squirts of HP sauce. I grew up eating Hamburger Hash excluding the HP Sauce, but I’ve since adapted my Mother’s recipe to include it. It just gives it that extra bit of kick, which I love!