This is a real recipe for a meal that was named by my step-children!
I was a new step-mom with picky eaters for new step-children (2 girls and a boy). One thing they did like was noodles, macaroni and cheese, hamburger helper, etc. I was working full time and wanted them to have a decent meal when I got home from work. I needed fast, simple, something I could keep the ingredients on hand and something that would taste okay heated up as left overs…..
Voila! I tried to call it mock hamburger helper but after they looked at it they unanimously voted to call it “Dog Vomit Stew”. The only three good things were that 1) they would eat it as often as I made it, 2) they would love to request it screaming they wanted “Dog Vomit Stew” for dinner, and 3) it is really easy! Here is the recipe:
- 1 can tomato soup
- 1 can cream of mushroom soup
- Rotini noodles, the tri-color are nice
- 1 to 1.5 lbs of ground turkey, beef or chicken
- Chopped onions
- Grated mild cheddar cheese, however cheesy you like it
Start some water boiling and cook about 4-5 servings of the noodles (less noodles if using more meat). At the same time in a deep fry pan, saute the chopped onions in some oil, then add the ground meat and brown it, then add the cans of soup (not diluted) and stir and simmer. Check the noodles and when they are slightly underdone add them to the mix and simmer a few more minutes until noodles are done. Here you might need to add a bit of water and it has to look like, sigh, dog vomit consistency. Add the grated cheese and simmer till cheese melted and incorporated and you have dinner! Serve with a vegi of choice, these kids loved steamed broccoli and that goes well with this meal.
I often wanted to dress this up a bit with some spices, maybe some oregano or something but the picky eaters voted no!