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Cheesy Hamburger Noodle Bake

Cream cheese and cottage cheese nicely balance the saucy ground beef and noodles in this hearty casserole. It’s been a favorite for years. —Charissa Dunn, Bartlesville, Oklahoma
  • Total Time
    Prep: 35 min. Bake: 20 min.
  • Makes
    2 servings


  • 2 cups uncooked egg noodles
  • 1/2 pound lean ground beef (90% lean)
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped onion
  • 1 can (8 ounces) tomato sauce
  • 1/4 teaspoon sugar
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon garlic salt
  • Dash pepper
  • 1/4 cup cream-style cottage cheese
  • 2 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 1 tablespoon thinly sliced green onion
  • 1 tablespoon chopped green pepper
  • 1 tablespoon sour cream
  • 2 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese


  • Preheat oven to 350°. Cook noodles according to package directions.
  • Meanwhile, in a large skillet, cook beef and onion until meat is no longer pink; drain. Remove from heat; stir in tomato sauce, sugar, salt, garlic salt and pepper.
  • In a small bowl, combine cottage cheese, cream cheese, green onion, green pepper and sour cream.
  • Drain noodles; place half of noodles in a greased 1-qt. baking dish. Spoon half of beef mixture over the top. Layer with cottage cheese mixture and remaining noodles. Top with remaining beef mixture; sprinkle with Parmesan cheese.
  • Cover and bake 20-25 minutes or until heated through.
Nutrition Facts
2 cups: 527 calories, 25g fat (13g saturated fat), 148mg cholesterol, 1129mg sodium, 37g carbohydrate (4g sugars, 3g fiber), 37g protein.

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  • astarzynski
    Mar 18, 2019

    Very good, the kids really liked it!

  • kdsmom
    Jul 21, 2014

    The cream cheese is too much, and marinara sauce would make it lots better than tomato sauce.

  • SeranaJayne
    Nov 28, 2013

    Great! I made this for my parents, and they loved it. My dad isn't a big meat eater and always says he won't eat what ever I make, but as usual, he ate a couple of helpings! My mother loved it as well. Great for a quick dinner on a weekend or holiday! I didn't have the garlic, so instead I used a teaspoon of minced garlic and didn't use the sugar. Tasty!

  • barretsmommy
    Aug 13, 2012

    I used fresh garlic instead of garlic salt and added it in when browning the beef. I also added 1 TBSP italian seasoning to the meat mixture. Then, I topped the casserole with mozzarella while baking. When I make this again I will double the noodles and meat mixture. The cheese sauce was just enough as is. Very good recipe! Quick and easy to make!

  • hatwheels
    Apr 6, 2012

    started making this way back when you put in magazine.everyone loves it awsomeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee

  • jrjjsc
    Mar 21, 2012

    A little bland for my taste. My husband loved it. I would make again, but would consider using additional spices.

  • bakermother4
    Mar 3, 2012

    No comment left

  • vallartagal
    Mar 3, 2012

    Hubby and I both thought it was delicious.I used ricotta instead of cottage cheese and sprinkled on some crushed red pepper seasoning. I also followed a reader's suggestion to just mix everything together instead of layering it and topped it with the parmesan cheese.

  • danielleylee
    Mar 2, 2012

    My husband loves this recipe. He said "it's awesome". Very creamy and full of flavor. I did add one clove of garlic and doubled the onion since I didn't have any green onions. My husband says put this one in the recipe box.

  • mellowinRI
    Feb 9, 2012

    Hubby and I both liked this a lot, to my surprise. I wasn?t expecting much, but we enjoyed it and the creamy cheese filling was really yummy. Next time though, we both agreed I should make more sauce ? one more 8 ounce can of tomato sauce with the added spices, and also 1 more cup of noodles as there just wasn?t enough left for me after I served my hearty eater ?Hungry Jack!? Also, I didn't think it was hot enough after I took it out of the oven so I put it in the microwave, covered, until it was good and, next time, I thought, why not just skip the oven and heat it up in the microwave! It's not like it has to brown on top or anything. Whenever I try a new recipe, I ask my husband "Keep it or throw it away?" and his response to this one was a big thumbs up!