Hamburger Noodle Casserole Recipe
- 5 cups uncooked egg noodles
- 1-1/2 pounds lean ground beef (90% lean)
- 2 garlic cloves, minced
- 3 cans (8 ounces each) tomato sauce
- 1/2 teaspoon sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/8 teaspoon pepper
- 1 package (8 ounces) reduced-fat cream cheese
- 1 cup reduced-fat ricotta cheese
- 1/4 cup reduced-fat sour cream
- 3 green onions, thinly sliced, divided
- 2/3 cup shredded reduced-fat cheddar cheese
- 1. Preheat oven to 350°. Cook noodles according to package directions.
- 2. Meanwhile, in a large nonstick skillet over medium heat, cook beef until no longer pink. Add garlic; cook 1 minute longer. Drain. Stir in tomato sauce, sugar, salt and pepper; heat through. Drain noodles; stir into beef mixture.
- 3. In a small bowl, beat cream cheese, ricotta cheese and sour cream until blended. Stir in half of the onions.
- 4. Spoon half the noodle mixture into a 13x9-in. baking dish coated with cooking spray. Top with cheese mixture and remaining noodle mixture.
- 5. Cover and bake 30 minutes. Uncover; sprinkle with cheddar cheese. Bake 5-10 minutes longer or until heated through and cheese is melted. Sprinkle with remaining onions. Yield: 10 servings.
1 cup: 319 calories, 14g fat (8g saturated fat), 92mg cholesterol, 635mg sodium, 23g carbohydrate (5g sugars, 1g fiber), 24g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 3 lean meat, 1-1/2 starch, 1 fat.
Reviews for Hamburger Noodle Casserole
"A little time consuming, but tasty. I left out the sugar."
"This recipe actually surprised me!! I was a little skeptical about combining cream cheese, ricotta and sour cream, I thought it would have been too much! I read the reviews, and added some Italian sausage, green peppers and onions. It was so good....comforting on a cold day and very creamy. Will definitely make again!!!!"
"Results were split. Two liked it and two did not. I found it to gooey like, with no real flavor. very bland in my opinion. Will not make again."
"Loved this!! I did not use anything low fat or fat free and it needed a little bit more seasoning, but otherwise, yummy and easy!!"
"Delicious! Used 2lbs of ground beef...also substituted a jar of tomato basil marinara instead of canned tomato sauce and doubled the green onions. The whole family gave it thumbs up. Will definitely make again!"
"Pretty good & simple to make. Next time I may try adding salsa and black olives, or using a mix of sausage and hamburger."
"This is filling. That is all the good I can say about it. It is tasteless. If you want pasta, you'd be better off frying up some hamburger and adding it to Kraft Mac & Cheese, or using a box of Hamburger Helper. With cheese as expensive as it is, don't waste it on this tasteless dish. We have a lot of leftovers which I hope to entice people to eat by adding jarred spaghetti sauce. It was a pain to make, too--lots of dirty pans. If you're looking for a yummy hamburger noodle dish, keep looking!"
"This casserole is very easy and taste like a hamburger. I have made this many times and it is easy to throw together for my family."
"I have fixed this recipe twice and my husband and I agree it is a 'keeper'. However, I agree with one other review...it is a little bland. I think I will try substituting 24 ozs. of spaghetti sauce for the tomato sauce the next time I make it."
"I added more herbs and sautéed an onion and green pepper in with the meat. I also added a touch of Frank's Red Hot to give it a kick."
"VERY bland and I added Basil and Oregano to the meat. My husband and I ate it, but didn't like it, but it was nearly impossible to get our picky eater to eat it. It took a long time to make and definitely wasn't worth it."
"I used ground lean turkey and whole wheat noodles giving it an even healthier twist. Very good and easy to make."
"I would probably make this again, adding some yellow onions and maybe some mushrooms and seasonings with the ground beef. It wasn't anything extra special, but it was good. We enjoyed it with some fresh coleslaw with light dressing. I made it with fat-free everything (cream cheese, ricotta, sour cream, cheddar) and 1 lb. of Laura's 96% Lean Ground Sirloin, and those changes reduced the calories to 262/cup."
"awesome dinner but im not a fan of onion so i used like 1/2 of one not 3 whole but whatever ur preferance its still an awesome recipe"
"Wow! Who new a casserole could be included in your DIET? Not me...and this one is really good too! I made it for my family and never disclosed it's healthy side to any of them. They raved about it and all had seconds! I am SOOOOO happy that I can finally get healthy, and not make my family feel tortured at the dinner table...as a matter of fact they are going to secretly be getting healther themselves!!"
"This was really great. Will be definitely be making this again."
"I made this the other night and I think it was one of the best casseroles I have ever made! I cook for 9 every night and everyone liked it!"
"This was very basic and good. I also substituted cottage cheese for the ricotta because I had it."
"EXCELLENT!!!! I have a very picky family. Everyone loved it, if fact the whole dish disappeared. I didn't change anything in the recipe, it was quick and easy. Everyone wants to know when I'm going to make it again, so they will be home to eat it. Thanks great recipe, will be making it quite ofter."
"Yummy! This was excellent-- my husband and I LOVED it! :)"
"Very very good....my family already wants me to make it again :) if this is your 1st time trying this Hamburger Noodle casserole you will see why you will make it again and again. easy to make and wonderful taste. very light but filling"
"I substituted cottage cheese for ricotta and it was still amazing!"
"My husband and I really like this just the way it is. We find it to be creamy and delicious."
"My family and I really enjoyed this dish and my husband even said, "this one is a keeper!".I was a little sceptical about the taste of the tomato sauce as I thought it was a little bland but after it baked into the rest of the noodle, cheese and meat mixture I was very pleased! I will make this again!On a side note~ I added some sliced fresh mushrooms as I didn't have any more green onions left and wanted something more than just the noodles, meat, sauce and cheese. I think you could probably add more veggies to this meal if you wanted like a can of mexicorn or regular corn if you wanted a different twist. ☺"
"This dish was so delicious."
"Both Husband and 3 1/2 year old loved it! I used grd. turkey instead of beef, cottage instead of ricotta and used whole wheat penne since I didn't have egg noodles (they make whole wheat now too). Didn't have to use the whole 5 cups of penne. We don't like green onion so I eliminated that, and also the salt (tomato sauce has plenty!). I have no idea what would be "missing"! It was VERY flavorful!! I might add a layer of sliced zucchini to bump up the nutrition value (especially since its hard to get said hubby and child to eat veggies). Definately going in the recipe rotation!"
"It does seem to be missing something. My picky kids loved it after we mixed it all up but my unpicky husband and i did not care for it."
"I made this the other night. I didn't have ricotta cheese, and I used ground turkey instead of hamburger. It sounded really good, but there wasn't much flavor. Perhaps it was because I used turkey instead of hamburger. With the leftovers I added chili powder and cumin, plus another unknown red spice I have in the cupboard. It improved the flavor soooo much. It tastes rather bland without the chili powder and cumin, which is what I used for my husband since he doesn't like hot."
"Martha Henson - your Hamburger Noodle casserole sounds devine & I can't wait to try it! I like recipes that have the creaminess of stroganoff - yours looks lucious - will let you know!"
"For those who find the Ricotta too grainy try using cottage cheese which has been run through a processor. I have subbed this before and it works out quite well.mlnfromballground"
"The cream cheese ricotta filling was heavy and sharp tasting. It didn't compliment the tomato sauce, and none of my family liked it. The texture was also grainy. The cost of ingredients is also pretty steep once you add up the ricotta and cream cheese and meat. All forms of protein which is very expensive. I won't make this again."
"Jan. 13 2009. I just got done printing this recipe and I had no problem. Try it again. Guardian angel."
"What is the main source of sodium in this recipe? Is it the canned tomato sauce? I need low-sodium dishes."
"I wanted to print this recipe but when I click on print it does not work. Can you please tell me whey. Thank youElsie"
"My family, including my 9-year old son, loved this. I sprinkled with parm between layers and added Italian seasoning to the hamburger mixture."
"I too, have a hiatal hernia so, thanks for the tip about adding sugar. My husband has lots of heart burn after eating certain even slightly spicy food.We all have to be cautious what we eat."
"i use tomato soup instead of tomato sauce"
"My husband has a Hiatial Hernia & acid reflux so I also add 1 tsp of sugar to all my red sauce recipes - it really does help keep heart burn away!Thanks, Carol in Abq., NM"
"Some cooks believe a little sugar cuts the acidity of tomato products. I save sugar packets from carryout and add one to most stews, chili, soups etc. A tsp of sugar in a dish that serves several is but a minute amount per serving and I believe it adds to the overall flavor."
"This sounds really good but why do you need to put sugar in it?I am going to try it without the sugar."