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ghackets mit hornli und apfelmus recipe swiss noodles with ground beef and applesauce5
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Ghackets mit Hörnli und Apfelmus: Swiss Noodles with Ground Beef and Applesauce

When my Swiss friend Rebecca first introduced me to this delicious and simple Swiss noodle meal, I couldn't get enough. The applesauce that is served with it is a delicious surprise!
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time30 mins
Course: Dinner, Lunch, Main Course
Cuisine: Swiss
Keyword: Swiss kid-friendly meals, Swiss kids meals, Swiss macaroni recipe, Swiss noodle recipe, Swiss noodles with ground beef and apple sauce, Swiss pasta recipe, Swiss recipe with applesauce, Swiss recipe with ground beef, Swiss recipe with noodles, Swiss recipe with pasta
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 1086kcal


  • 500 g ground beef
  • 2 Tbsp butter plus one extra Tbsp to mix with the cooked pasta
  • 1 yellow onion large, finely chopped
  • 2 cloves fresh garlic finely chopped
  • 6 leaves fresh sage finely chopped
  • 350 ml red wine most red wines will work great in this recipe
  • 1/2 tsp better than bouillon I use the organic vegetable version plus 100 ml water (or use 100 ml of stock instead). I like to use this when I only need small amounts of stock or broth.
  • 2 Tbsp tomato paste
  • 1 handfull fresh parsley leaves finely chopped
  • 500 g elbow macaroni
  • 538 g Grandma Hoerner's Big Slice Original applesauce one jar
  • 100 g shredded gruyère


  • Over medium high heat, allow the butter to melt, then add the ground beef and break it apart into small pieces. Cook until starting to brown.
  • Add the onion, carrot, garlic and sage and cook for a couple of minutes.
  • Add the red wine, Better Than Bouillon, water and the tomato paste and allow to simmer for about 20 minutes.
  • In the meantime, boil the pasta in salted water until al dente. Drain and stir with one Tbsp of butter until the butter is melted.
  • Add the parsley to the ground beef mixture and season to taste with salt and pepper.
  • Serve in pasta bowls, adding pasta first, then ground beef mixture and finally the applesauce on the side. Sprinkle with freshly grated gruyère and more fresh, chopped parsley.


Calories: 1086kcal | Carbohydrates: 116g | Protein: 46g | Fat: 41g | Saturated Fat: 18g | Trans Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 131mg | Sodium: 356mg | Potassium: 979mg | Fiber: 6g | Sugar: 19g | Vitamin A: 596IU | Vitamin C: 6mg | Calcium: 328mg | Iron: 5mg