Do you want a healthier (and tastier) version of those boxed pasta dinners? There is an easy way to get that very thing without the unhealthy ingredients many boxed dinners have!
I must confess…when I was a newlywed, boxed skillet pasta dinners were in my regular meal rotation.
It’s safe to say my husband did not marry me for my cooking capabilities. Thankfully, I have evolved over the years.
I think the draw to such meals was the “comfort food” feeling it gave me. I think I was trying to replicate those homemade casseroles that I loved so much growing up.
What you don’t know, is that Laura the Chief MOM, receives hundreds of emails weekly from people who want to make healthier choices but don’t know where to begin. In addition, their spouses might not be as supportive of the healthy changes and they are still tailoring to everyone’s comfort foods.
After Laura shared her recipe of how easy it is to make the familiar boxed dinner homemade with much healthier ingredients, I realized two things:
- The ingredients that comprised the contents of those boxes were downright frightening
- It didn’t take me any more time to use real and fresh ingredients to make such casseroles.
So, now that you know better, you can do better. Right? You see, MOMables not only wants to help you make healthy school lunches, but all things that you might be feeding your family. Just check out our recipe index or subscribe to get free ideas weekly.
This recipe for homemade pasta helper stroganoff is a great example of a comfort food recipe that is quick to put together, made with basic but quality ingredients, and has an amazing flavor.
My family absolutely loves this stroganoff. After all, what’s not to love about tender meat, mushrooms, onions and garlic, cooked in a rich and creamy sour cream sauce and served over hot noodles?
You can adapt this recipe to your family’s taste buds by choosing your choice of meat and pasta. I used ground beef this time around, but it is also great with sliced sirloin steak, ground turkey, or even ground chicken.
It is a recipe the whole family will love, and it also makes great leftovers! Make this for dinner for the whole family one night, and pack leftovers for lunches the next day.
- 1 lb. meat
- 8 oz. pasta
- 2 Tablespoons oil
- ¾ cup mushrooms, optional
- 1 onion, diced
- 1 garlic clove, minced
- 1½ cups broth/stock
- 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
- 1 teaspoon cornstarch
- 1 cup sour cream, or
- 1 cup plain yogurt
- Cook your pasta according to package directions.
- Cook mushrooms, onions and garlic in a 10-inch skillet with oil over medium heat, stirring occasionally. Once onions are cooked and tender, remove from heat and set aside.
- Cook your beef in the same skillet. Once browned, stir in broth, Worcestershire sauce and cornstarch. Bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer for 10 minutes.
- Add in cooked vegetables, simmer for another 10 minutes.
- Add in sour cream in the final minutes, heat until it's hot and serve over noodles.