Lighter Hamburger Noodle Casserole Recipe
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Lighter Hamburger Noodle Casserole Recipe

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Lean ground beef and reduced-fat and fat-free items make this casserole a winner on all fronts! Everyone in your home is sure to enjoy eating dinner when you serve this as a main dish! —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 yolk-free noodles
  • 1-1/4 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 fat-free sour cream
  • 3 green onions, thinly sliced, divided
  • 2/3 cup shredded reduced-fat cheddar cheese

Nutritional Facts

1 cup: 290 calories, 12g fat (7g saturated fat), 56mg cholesterol, 650mg sodium, 23g carbohydrate (5g sugars, 2g fiber), 22g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 2 lean meat, 1-1/2 starch, 1 fat.


  1. Cook noodles according to package directions. Meanwhile, in a large nonstick skillet over medium heat, cook beef until no longer pink. Add garlic; cook 1 minute longer. Drain. Stir in the tomato sauce, sugar, salt and pepper; heat through. Drain noodles; stir into beef mixture.
  2. In a small bowl, beat the cream cheese, ricotta cheese and sour cream until blended. Stir in half of the onions.
  3. Spoon half of the noodle mixture into a 13-in. x 9-in. baking dish coated with cooking spray. Top with cheese mixture and remaining noodle mixture.
  4. Cover and bake at 350° for 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 Comfort Food Diet bookazine 2009, p82

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MurphyNJ User ID: 7103738 181177
Reviewed Feb. 26, 2014

"This is similar to the 'Heavenly Family Casserole', the recipe that I want to review but can't find online. It was demonstrated at a November 2013 TOH Cooking School. It uses 8 oz of noodles, 2 lb of ground beef, 1 clove of garlic, S&P, 8 oz of cream cheese, 2 cups sour cream, 24 oz tomato sauce, and 1 cup of shredded cheddar cheese. The ingredients were prepared the same way with 3 layers (noodles, cream cheese mixture, meat) put into a 9x13 baking dish. It was topped with 1 cup of shredded cheddar. Baked at 350 for 30 minutes. Well, the 'Heavenly Family Casserole' I prepared for (literally) a team of professional basketball players got rave reviews! I actually doubled the ingredients to make two - one is still in my freezer. Can't wait to defrost and bake for my family this weekend. Thank you TOH Cooking School for this great recipe!"

JoeRD User ID: 5760470 143771
Reviewed Oct. 9, 2012

"Loved it!"

JoeRD User ID: 5760470 97989
Reviewed Oct. 9, 2012

"The family loved this recipe!"

missdeniese User ID: 6668287 165364
Reviewed Apr. 30, 2012

"This was great, but tempts to eat too much! Used a seasoned sauce as recommended and was really good."

mjtotch User ID: 6620401 179431
Reviewed Apr. 25, 2012

"Very good. I like the suggestion of using a flavored tomato sauce. I think that would add alot."

tchr90 User ID: 2795278 210665
Reviewed Mar. 26, 2012

"This is so good! My husband complimented me twice in the same meal so this is going in my recipe box as a keeper! We even liked it reheated the next day. I changed it slightly by using lower-sodium tomato sauce (omitted salt called for), used fat free cream cheese, and used full fat cheddar. I also omitted the onions."

Susanmw User ID: 4914346 181175
Reviewed Feb. 18, 2012

"Yummy and easy!"

MommaMindy User ID: 6258821 183487
Reviewed Oct. 20, 2011

"Absolutely Awsome! Used cottage cheese instead of Ricotta. Should have made two batches. It went too fast."

edurelli User ID: 4347142 113792
Reviewed Nov. 30, 2010

"This is a Paul Prudhomme recipe, he adds lime juice, several tablespoons, to the sour cream-green onion mixture."

bdonnelly20 User ID: 2505172 181998
Reviewed May. 4, 2010

"My husband and I enjoy this recipe! I modified slightly ... I used ground turkey instead of ground beef (my ground turkey already comes in 1.25 lb packages, so it made it easier!), used cottage cheese instead of ricotta, and cut the amount of cream cheese in half (the first time I made it, my husband did not care for the full 8 oz. of sour cream). I think the green onions add a nice flavor to the dish. This recipe tastes great as leftovers too!"

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