Easy Hamburger Noodle Casserole Under 30 Minutes
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Hamburger casserole with noodles in under 30 minutes is an easy dinner to make especially during the week and one of our favorite comfort food dishes. This delicious casserole consists of simple ingredients including ground beef, egg noodles, sour cream and cottage cheese making this budget friendly and something your family will love.
This cheesy hamburger casserole kind of reminds me of a take-off on Hamburger Helper – just an old fashioned hamburger noodle casserole. Growing up as a kid, my grandmother made a variety of hamburger and potato casseroles with and without beans as well as shepherds pie. If you are looking for other cheesy casserole ideas, click through this post, “cheeseburger casserole and shepherd’s pie.”
One good thing about these old fashioned recipes is they all are budget friendly and can feed a large crowd. Nevermind, there is usually a lot of leftovers for the next day! Simply toss the baking dish full of leftovers in the refrigerator which also means less cleanup.
This hamburger casserole is 5 stars and the pasta noodles make it a filling meal for any size crowd. Typically a casserole is baked and consists of 3 components (chicken, beef or some kind of protein, canned or chopped vegetables and a starch (pasta).
I adapted this dinner from the Pioneer Woman Sour Cream Noodle Bake recipe and it’s delicious!
Easy Hamburger Casserole Recipe
- 1 bag 12 ounce No Yolk egg noodles
- 1 15 ounce tomato sauce
- 1.5 lbs lean ground beef
- 2 tbsp crushed garlic
- 1/8 cup olive oil
- 1 bag shredded cheddar cheese
- 1 cup sour cream
- 1 1/2 cup cottage cheese
- 1/2 cup chopped onions
- salt pepper and italian seasoning
- In a large skillet, heat olive oil, garlic and onions until onions are browned and then brown ground beef. Once beef is browned, add tomato sauce and simmer
- Cook egg noodles according to package directions
- Mix cottage cheese, sour cream and cooked egg noodles in a dish
- Grease bottom of glass 9x13 baking dish and layer noodle mixture, meat and cheddar cheese and repeat. I did two layers.
- Season to taste with italian seasoning, salt and pepper.
- Bake 25 minutes at 375 degrees or until top is browned and cheese is melted.
I found this recipe to taste so good and I love the idea of using sour cream and cottage cheese together. That is why I love the Pioneer Woman’s recipes! She always mixes the best ingredients together that I would never think of.
Many times when making casseroles, I use cream of mushroom soup to keep the ingredients moist but in this case, the sour cream and cottage cheese mixture serves to keep the noodles and ground beef together and moist.
My son is a picky eater but this quick and easy casserole dish is a meal he loves. A cheesy hamburger casserole is also a go-to dinner especially when the Fall season arrives and comfort food is a must! Love mashed potatoes? Try adding potatoes instead of pasta!
You could also add diced tomatoes, tomato sauce, bell peppers or substitute pasta shells for the noodles.
Hamburger casserole is sure to be a crowd pleaser and it won’t cost a lot of money to make. With food being so expensive these days, making large casseroles that also provide a lot of leftovers is important.
My favorite part of this casserole is the rich cheesy texture – it’s absolutely delicious and pairs nicely with fresh greens and garlic bread. In under 30 minutes, you can have a weekday or weeknight meal prepared! What is your favorite ground hamburger recipe? Looking for other dinner ideas, be sure to check out “our kitchen” page.
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