Hamburger Noodle Casserole Recipe
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Hamburger Noodle Casserole Recipe

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People have a hard time believing this homey and hearty casserole uses lighter ingredients. The taste is so rich and's a great weeknight family entree! —Martha Henson, Winnsboro, Texas
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. Bake: 35 min.
MAKES:10 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. Bake: 35 min.
MAKES: 10 servings


  • 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

Nutritional Facts

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.


  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.
Originally published as Hamburger Noodle Casserole in Light & Tasty October/November 2007, p21

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timmel User ID: 759358 266062
Reviewed May. 17, 2017

"Over cheesy. Didn't think the cheddar belonged on the top."

muffbear74 User ID: 209131 248580
Reviewed May. 24, 2016

"A little time consuming, but tasty. I left out the sugar."

cholokrys User ID: 7429075 242319
Reviewed Jan. 22, 2016

"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!!!!"

Tracy1969 User ID: 7310493 235219
Reviewed Oct. 19, 2015

"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."

luigimon User ID: 1692040 224527
Reviewed Apr. 9, 2015

"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!!"

VolcanoGirl User ID: 7808678 163594
Reviewed May. 18, 2014

"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!"

mmmm.. User ID: 6379270 101393
Reviewed May. 11, 2014

"Pretty good & simple to make. Next time I may try adding salsa and black olives, or using a mix of sausage and hamburger."

SitDownandEat User ID: 7793166 75543
Reviewed May. 6, 2014

"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!"

jtermont User ID: 1863534 67194
Reviewed Apr. 18, 2014

"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."

ficklepickle User ID: 2763994 147852
Reviewed Jan. 6, 2014

"I have fixed this recipe twice and my husband and I agree it is a 'keeper'. However, I agree with one other 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."

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