Hackfleisch-Gemuesepfanne (German Style)

By Angelika Hanna

This recipe is from my mother’s kitchen when I grew up in Germany. It is Keto-friendly (low in carbs) and has no artificial flavours added. No additional stock is required; all the juices come from the vegetables.

Everything is cooked in one big frying pan – one ingredient after the next. Follow me through every step all the way through to get to this tasty German ground beef-vegetable dish.


Prep Time: 30 min

Cook Time: 45 min (plus 1 hr for the mushrooms)

Total Time: 2 hr 15 min

Yield: 4 servings

Cuisine: German

Author: Angelika Hanna / Zest4Food


  • 1 1/2 pound lean ground beef
  • 1/2 tbsp vegetable oil or olive oil
  • 2 cooking onions
  • 1 garlic clove, minced (optional)
  • 1 cup dry wild mushroom mix + the water, the mushrooms were pre-boiled in.
  • celery stalks, sliced
  • 1 green Bell pepper
  • 1 medium-sized carrots, sliced
  • 1 tomato
  • 1 tbsp tomato paste
  • Kosher salt/freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 tsp dry parsley
  • 1/2 tsp dry thyme


  1. In a small pot, place 1 cup of wild mushroom mix. Add water so that the mushrooms are well covered. (They soak up a lot of water.)
  2. Bring to boil. Reduce heat to low-medium. Let simmer for at least 1 hour. (Dried wild mushrooms are very tough and take a long time to cook soft.) Tip: Start cooking your mushrooms approx. 1 hour prior to cooking the meat.
  3. In a large non-stick skillet/frying pan, heat the oil over medium-high heat and add your lean ground beef.
  4. Once the meat is light brown, spice with 1/2 tsp salt, 1/4 tsp freshly ground pepper, the dried parsley and thyme. Stir well.
  5. Add the onions. Stir the onions into the meat. Cook until the onions are translucent.
  6. Add garlic (optional) and cook approx. 1 min.
  7. Add all the other vegetables (celery, Bell pepper, carrot, tomato). Stir the vegetables into the meat. Reduce heat to medium.
  8. Cook your meat-vegetable mix for approx. 10 min, stirring occasionally.
  9. By this time, your mushrooms should be soft.
  10. Add the mushrooms with water to the meat-vegetable pan.
  11. Sample for more salt and pepper. Adjust to your personal taste.
  12. Add the tomato paste.
  13. Simmer over low-medium heat for approx. 30 min. or until the vegetables are soft according to your like.

Serve with white rice, broad noodles or German egg noodles.

Guten Appetit!


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