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Sunday, April 26, 2015

Cavanaugh's Noodles - A Guest Post By MiMi

    Once upon a time, long long ago when I was a little girl, we had neighbors by the last name of Cavanaugh.  Mrs. Cavanaugh shared her noodle recipe with my mom, Maw Maw. If I remember correctly, she entered and won a contest sponsored by Kluski noodles.  The following is her recipe the way we remember it.  Maw Maw doesn't know what she would have done with the original recipe.  It's possible that I finally convinced her to look for her recipe box.  I hope she finds it because she has some really good recipes in there.  For the most part, she just memorized all of the mealas she made and rarely used a recipe.

     She thinks I was probably between three and five years old when we got this recipe.  I remember when she let me shake the beef cubes in the bag of flour.  I'm sure I had a lot of fun helping my mom make dinner.  I know that I really enjoyed eating this meal.  Maw Maw suggests serving it with broccoli.  Whenever she has a tomato based meal, she likes to have a green vegetable as a side dish.  If you give this recipe a try you will understand why it won a recipe contest and why we still prepare it this many years later.

Cavanaugh's Noodles


2 T oil or shortening
2 lbs. beef stew meat
1 onion, halved and cut into slices
1 cup flour
2 T Lawry's salt
1 tsp each: paprika, garlic powder and pepper
28 oz can diced tomatoes
1 pkg. Kluski (or similar) noodles
1 paper lunch sack or gallon zipper plastic bag

  1. In dutch oven, heat the oil over medium high heat.  Saute the onions in the oil.
  2. Meanwhile, put the flour and seasonings in the bag and shake to mix.  Drop a handful of beef cubes in the flour.  Shake them up then put into pan.  Continue until all of the meat has been dredged and put into the pan.  (I don't like to shake off the flour because that is what makes a nice gravy)
  3. Stir occasionally until all of the beef is browned.  Add water to cover the bottom of the pan about 1/2 inch.  Cover and let simmer an hour or so.
  4. Cook the noodles according to package directions.  
  5. Add the tomatoes to the beef.  When heated through, stir in the noodles.
  6. Serve with broccoli... Maw Maw says you have to!

A few more recipes from MiMi's Childhood:


  1. This sounds delicious, wonderful comfort food! Thanks for sharing at What'd You Do This Weekend? I hope you will join us again next Monday!

    1. It is a keeper, that is for sure. My mom has been itching to make this ever since I made the blog. She and my maw-maw have been doing a lot of reminiscing over the food she remembers as a child! Thanks for hosting and see you Monday!

  2. Okay, I'm drooling right now! Looks so good. Pinned and tweeted. I hope to see you on Monday at 7, we can't wait to party with you! Lou Lou Girls

    1. It is a really nice homey comfort food! See you Monday!

  3. What a great Recipe! Thanks for sharing on My 2 Favorite Things on Thursday - Link Party!! Hope to see you again tomorrow!! Love having you!! Pinned!!

    1. Thanks! It is a family favorite, that is for sure! Thanks for hosting, see you tomorrow!

  4. What a yummy dish that we would just love! Hope you are having a great week and thanks so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday.
    Come Back Soon!
    Miz Helen

    1. We always enjoy it! Thank you so much for hosting and stopping by. See you tomorrow!

  5. What a yummy looking recipe! Those passed down recipes are the best. :) Thanks for stopping by and sharing this on Five Friday Finds!

    1. When three (and now four) generations have enjoyed a recipe, you do have to figure it is pretty good! Thanks for hosting!