Onion Beef Fettuccine Recipe

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My husband prefers potatoes to pasta, but he can't get enough of this hearty casserole. People always comment on the wonderful flavor from brown sugar and cumin.—Donna Spence, Tuolumne, California
Recommended: Grandma's Best Suppers
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 40 min. Bake: 15 min.
MAKES:8 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 40 min. Bake: 15 min.
MAKES: 8 servings


  • 3 cups thinly sliced onions
  • 1/4 cup butter, cubed
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 2 cans (14-1/2 ounces each) beef broth
  • 8 ounces fettuccine, cooked and drained
  • 1 cup (4 ounces) shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese

Nutritional Facts

1 each: 337 calories, 16g fat (9g saturated fat), 58mg cholesterol, 727mg sodium, 28g carbohydrate (6g sugars, 2g fiber), 20g protein.


  1. In a skillet, saute onions in butter for 10-15 minutes or until caramelized. Remove onions with a slotted spoon.
  2. In the same skillet, cook beef over medium heat until no longer pink; drain. Return onions to skillet.
  3. In a bowl, combine the flour, brown sugar, salt, pepper and cumin. Gradually stir in the broth until smooth. Add to skillet; bring to a boil. Cook and stir for 2 minutes or until thickened.
  4. Place fettuccine in a greased 4-qt. baking dish. Top with beef mixture. Combine cheeses; sprinkle over the top. Bake, uncovered, at 450° for 15 minutes or until cheese is melted. Yield: 8 servings.
Caramelizing onions brings out their natural sweetness and mellows their sharp flavor. To reduce the risk of burning, sauce the onions in butter over low heat just until onions are coated with the browned butter.
Originally published as Onion Beef Fettuccine in Taste of Home Ground Beef Cookbook 1999, p254

Medium-Bodied Red Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a medium-bodied red wine such as Chianti, Sangiovese, Malbec or Zinfandel.

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arbesec User ID: 4498044 89073
Reviewed May. 20, 2010

"It was good,but is the recipe right ? The sauce was thin, I had to add corn starch to thicken it,still watery sauce.Next time I will only use one can of beef broth."

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