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Ground Beef Skillet Supper (VRP 400)

Ground Beef Skillet Supper (VRP 400)

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It is a large white metal box that measures 12” D x 5.5” W x 4” H with a metal tag that says “American Home Menu Maker.” According to my research, the box was sold in multiple colors for $1 and included 212 “basic recipes” for an additional $.50. (See the image below that is an order form to purchase the box.)

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Ground Beef Skillet Supper

Ground Beef Skillet Supper

Ground Beef Skillet Supper (VRP 400)


  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 can condensed onion soup plus 2 1/4 cups hot water or
  • 1-1½ ounce package dehydrated onion soup plus 3½ cups hot water
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1½ cups sliced carrots (5 medium)
  • 4 ounces medium noodles (2 cups)
  • 1/4 cup minced parsley


  1. Brown ground beef in skillet on controlled surface burner set at 250° F., or over a medium gas flame. Leave meat in chunky pieces.
  2. Stir in onion soup and water or onion soup mix or water, salt, carrots and noodles. reduce temperature to 225° F., or flame to low. Cover, cook 10 minutes. Uncover, continue cooking about 10 minutes longer.
  3. Before serving sprinkle with parsley

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