Beef and Noodle Casserole Recipe

A different take on your normal beef casserole. Our beef and noodle casserole recipe has all the delicious noodles, tomato sauce, and is super creamy and cheesy!
Beef and Noodle Casserole Recipe

When I became a mom, casseroles seemed to find their way into my meal planning, and this beef and noodle casserole recipe is no exception. Casseroles are budget-friendly recipes and perfect for weeknights. 

Beef and Noodle Casserole in dish

This ground beef casserole recipe is a little different. It is a casserole recipe without canned cream of soup something or other.

I never really realized how often most casseroles use cream of soup for a base. I would say at least half of them do!

Beef and noodle casserole is an easy family dinner recipe you can make on your busier nights of the week.

Especially if you have a smaller family, you’ll have plenty for leftovers, and if you have a larger family you might not even have to double this recipe unless you do want leftovers

You can also make this with some of our favorite sides like Instant Pot Steamed Vegetables, Best Italian Roasted Vegetables, or of course, this casserole is always great with Sheet Pan Garlic Bread.

ingredients for beef and noodle casserole

Ingredients Needed For This Beef and Noodle Casserole Recipe:

  • Wide egg noodles
  • Ground beef
  • Garlic salt
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • Tomato sauce
  • Sour cream
  • Small curd cottage cheese
  • Diced green onions
  • Sharp cheddar cheese

How To Make This Beef and Noodle Casserole Recipe:

Begin by preheating the oven to 350 degrees. 

Then, boil water and cook the egg noodles according to the directions on the packaging. 

Once the noodles are done, rinse them in cold water to stop the cooking process, then drain them. 

While the noodles are cooking, take the ground beef and brown it in a pan with garlic salt, salt, and pepper. 

After all the beef is browned, drain the grease from the pan. 

Next, add in the tomato sauce and let the meat simmer for 5 minutes over low heat. 

Sour Cream Mixture for Beef and Noodle Casserole

In another mixing bowl, mix together the sour cream, cottage cheese, and the diced green onion together. 

Once it’s all mixed together, add in the sour cream mixture to the rest of the meat and mix it all in.

Meat and Sour Cream Mixture for Beef and Noodle Casserole

Now, place the noodles and the creamy meat mixture in a 9×13 inch baking pan that has been sprayed with nonstick cooking spray. 

Beef and Noodle Casserole before baking

Then, top the casserole with shredded cheese and bake it uncovered for about 20-25 minutes. 

Once the timer is done, pull it out and serve it with your favorite sides! 

Shredded Cheese on Beef and Noodle Casserole

To Make This Ground Beef Casserole Recipe You Will Need:

  1. 9×13 inch baking pan
  2. Skillet (THIS is a great one!)
  3. Medium mixing bowl
  4. Spatula
  5. Nonstick cooking spray
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Egg Noodle Substitutes:

Do you need to replace the egg noodles with something else? Take a look at egg noodle substitutes from the Gourmet Sleuth there are plenty of suggestions! 

If I don’t feel like making an extra trip to the grocery store I will normally check and see what other pasta I have in the pantry to use and it turns out just fine!

More Swaps

If you are not a fan of cottage cheese, you can always replace it with ricotta cheese!

And if sour cream is not going to work for you, try using plain Greek yogurt as a substitute.  

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Beef and Noodle Casserole

Serves:
6 servings

Beef and Noodle Casserole Recipe

A different take on your normal beef casserole. Our beef and noodle casserole recipe has all the delicious noodles, tomato sauce, and is super creamy and cheesy!
Prep Time
10 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
Total Time
30 minutes

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Ingredients

  • 8 ounces wide egg noodles 1 package
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • ¼ teaspoon garlic salt
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 15 ounces tomato sauce 1 can
  • ¾ cup sour cream
  • 1 cup small curd cottage cheese
  • ½ cup green onions diced
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  • Cook egg noodles following directions on packaging. Rinse noodles in cold water and drain.
  • While noodles are cooking, brown ground beef in a pan with garlic salt and salt and pepper.
  • Drain excess grease from beef.
  • Add in tomato sauce and let simmer over low heat for 5 minutes.
  • In another bowl mix sour cream, cottage cheese, and green onions together. Add sour cream mixture to meat in skillet and mix well.
  • Place noodles and meat mixture in a 9×13-inch baking pan that has been sprayed with nonstick cooking spray and top with shredded cheese.
  • Cook for 20-25 minutes.

Notes

  • Rinse the noodles in cold water to stop the cooking process, then drain them.
  • If you are not a fan of cottage cheese, you can always replace it with ricotta cheese.
  • If sour cream is not going to work for you, try using plain Greek yogurt as a substitute.

Nutrition

Calories: 523 kcal
·
Carbohydrates: 34 g
·
Protein: 29 g
·
Fat: 30 g
·
Saturated Fat: 14 g
·
Trans Fat: 1 g
·
Cholesterol: 126 mg
·
Sodium: 796 mg
·
Potassium: 649 mg
·
Fiber: 3 g
·
Sugar: 6 g
·
Vitamin A: 830 IU
·
Vitamin C: 7 mg
·
Calcium: 239 mg
·
Iron: 3 mg

Equipment

  • 9×13 Inch Baking Dish
  • Skillet
  • Medium Mixing Bowl
  • spatula
  • Non-stick Cooking Spray

Recipe Details

Course:
Main Course
Cuisine:
American

Recipe slightly adapted from The Pioneer Woman.

Baked Beef and Noodle Casserole

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