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Makeover Husband’s Dinner Delight Recipe

Makeover Husband’s Dinner Delight Recipe

My husband, Steve, loves beef, and he especially loves casseroles. He likes to eat the leftovers with tortilla chips. It's like a whole new dish the second time around. —Sherri Cox, Lucasville, Ohio
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 35 min. Bake: 25 min. YIELD:8 servings


  • 8 ounces uncooked whole wheat egg noodles
  • 1-1/2 pounds extra-lean ground beef (95% lean)
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1 medium green pepper, chopped
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 3 cans (8 ounces each) tomato sauce
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper
  • 1-1/2 cups (12 ounces) 2% cottage cheese
  • 4 ounces reduced-fat cream cheese
  • 1/4 cup reduced-fat sour cream
  • 3 green onions, chopped
  • 1/2 cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese


  • 1. Cook noodles according to package directions. Meanwhile, in a Dutch oven, cook beef, onion, green pepper and garlic over medium heat until meat is no longer pink and vegetables are tender; drain.
  • 2. Stir in the tomato sauce, sugar, salt and pepper. Drain noodles; stir into sauce. Pour half the beef mixture into a 13-in. x 9-in. baking dish coated with cooking spray.
  • 3. In a small bowl, combine the cottage cheese, cream cheese, sour cream and green onions. Spread over beef mixture. Top with remaining beef mixture.
  • 4. Cover and bake at 350° for 20 minutes. Uncover; sprinkle with cheddar cheese. Bake 5-10 minutes longer or until cheese is melted. Yield: 8 servings.

Nutritional Facts

1-1/4 cups: 343 calories, 11g fat (6g saturated fat), 74mg cholesterol, 737mg sodium, 33g carbohydrate (7g sugars, 5g fiber), 31g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 3 lean meat, 2 starch, 1 fat.

Reviews for Makeover Husband’s Dinner Delight

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nesta85way User ID: 4237976 126620
Reviewed May. 18, 2014

"I substituted greek yogurt for the sour cream, and I also used fat free cream cheese. Could that have been the problem? I thought it sounded really good, but the reality didn't pan out. My husband and I both thought the flavor was drab -- it needed seasoning of some sort. My husband found it tolerable by sprinkling Italian seasoning and salt and pepper on it. I thought it was positively nasty, and couldn't eat the leftovers. No way would I fix it again."

joprinc44 User ID: 4581400 149703
Reviewed Jul. 16, 2012

"This is going to be my "go to" pasta bake recipe. Absolutley delicious!!!"

KWhitehead User ID: 956468 123334
Reviewed Jul. 4, 2012

"Delicious. :)"

mehalv User ID: 4612167 126616
Reviewed Jun. 12, 2012

"This was great! I followed the directions exactly (with one exception: I subbed Greek yogurt for sour cream) and it turned out great. The hubby enjoyed it as well."

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