Rating: 3.8 stars
308 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 135
  • 4 star values: 71
  • 3 star values: 39
  • 2 star values: 31
  • 1 star values: 32

This ground beef recipe results in a luscious and creamy noodle casserole. Check out the make-ahead option, too! Prep it in advance so you can pop it into the oven for an easy dinner recipe after a busy day.

Source: Better Homes and Gardens
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Ingredients

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Directions

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  • Grease a 2-quart casserole or a 2-quart square baking dish; set aside. Cook noodles according to package directions; drain and set aside.

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  • Meanwhile, in a large skillet cook beef until brown. Drain off fat. Stir tomato sauce, basil, sugar, garlic powder, salt, and pepper into skillet. Bring to boiling; reduce heat. Simmer, uncovered, for 5 minutes.

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  • In a medium mixing bowl beat together the sour cream and cream cheese with an electric mixer on medium speed until smooth. Stir in milk and onion. In prepared casserole or baking dish, layer half of the noodles (about 2 cups), half of the meat mixture (about 1 1/2 cups), half of the cream cheese mixture (about 1 cup), and all of the spinach. Top with the remaining meat mixture and noodles. Cover and chill remaining cream cheese mixture until needed.

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  • Cover casserole or baking dish with lightly greased foil. Bake in 350 degree F oven about 45 minutes or until heated through. Uncover; spread with remaining cream cheese mixture. Sprinkle with the cheddar cheese. Bake, uncovered, about 10 minutes more or until cheese is melted. Let stand for 10 minutes before serving.

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  • Makes 8 servings

Tips

Prepare as directed through Step 3. Cover with lightly greased foil and chill in the refrigerator for up to 24 hours. Bake in a 350 degree F oven for 1 hour to 1 hour 10 minutes or until heated through. Uncover; spread with remaining cream-cheese mixture. Sprinkle with the cheddar cheese.Bake, uncovered, about 10 minutes more or until cheese is melted. Let stand for 10 minutes before baking.

Nutrition Facts

472 calories; 30 g total fat; 17 g saturated fat; 127 mg cholesterol; 683 mg sodium. 25 g carbohydrates; 3 g fiber; 27 g protein;

Reviews (10)

308 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 135
  • 4 star values: 71
  • 3 star values: 39
  • 2 star values: 31
  • 1 star values: 32
Rating: Unrated
04/21/2013
I made this for my family and followed the recipe exactly. It came out great!! I used wide egg noodles. I doubled the recipe and used a 9 x 13 dish and there was almost not enough room for everything. I will be making again!!
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01/05/2016
This looks delicious. Can't wait to try it
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07/02/2014
I use a flat rectangular casserole and I reduce this to 3 layers. I mix the tomato sauce with the meat and put it in the casserole then I stir the cheese/sour cream, onion and spinach into the noodles. This mixture goes over the tomato/meat layer. On the top is the cheddar cheese. This looks pretty and is easy.
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12/25/2013
I think the page I'm looking at has typos. How many ounces of sour cream and cream cheese am I supposed to use??111
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03/01/2013
I found it easier to just use a pasta sauce from a jar, that way if it seams to dry you can adjust it a bit.We also make it with ground turkey instead of the burger. My girls loved it and it's a great way to get veggies into them.
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01/25/2015
I just cook this but with penne veggie paste, and just used one can of sauce and I used one can of Italian style diced tomatoes with basil and garlic and oregano and a little ketchup, it was so good, even my hubby which has gotten more picker in his age ate all of it, and I use cheddar cheese too but added a other cheese Mexican blend cheese has 4 or 5 cheese in it. will cook this again for sure
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04/10/2013
What type of noodles should be used? It just says medium noodles.
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12/01/2013
4 stars¿.We don't like spinach so I used green beans. Bad idea, not a good combo, but with 'em picked out, I thought it was totally 5 star delicious, but hubby still wasn't hot on it. The only other changes I made to the original recipe were a whole teaspoon of garlic powder & using wide instead of medium noodles, and it barely fit in 2 qt casserole.
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06/19/2013
This was fantastic. I used a whole jar of tomato and basil sauce, added the onion in when the meat was almost browned along with a heaping spoonful of minced garlic. I used a whole box the small penne hidden veggie pasta and used one box of chopped spinach and one box of creamed spinach. It was AWESOME!! I am definitely saving this as a family favorite!
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06/23/2014
This was pretty bad. Way too much cream sauce, when it mixed with the red sauce it tasted like bile. We didn't eat much of it and ended up throwing it away. Maybe replace the cream sauce with a ricotta and Parmesan mix (like lasagna). Very disappointed.