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Cheesy Hamburger Noodle Bake Recipe

Cheesy Hamburger Noodle Bake Recipe

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. YIELD: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


  • 1. Preheat oven to 350°. Cook noodles according to package directions.
  • 2. 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.
  • 3. In a small bowl, combine cottage cheese, cream cheese, green onion, green pepper and sour cream.
  • 4. 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.
  • 5. Cover and bake 20-25 minutes or until heated through. Yield: 2 servings.

Nutritional 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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kdsmom User ID: 1163546 91581
Reviewed Jul. 21, 2014

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

SeranaJayne User ID: 7251558 106296
Reviewed 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 User ID: 805374 175409
Reviewed 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 User ID: 5531125 102788
Reviewed Apr. 6, 2012

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

jrjjsc User ID: 4172930 116129
Reviewed Mar. 21, 2012

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

vallartagal User ID: 1482934 158843
Reviewed 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 User ID: 4484886 116127
Reviewed 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 User ID: 199845 161326
Reviewed 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!"

idawolf User ID: 1144257 102786
Reviewed Dec. 29, 2011

"I added some peas (fresh or frozen) and will definitly make it again."

chocolate21 User ID: 6038694 106287
Reviewed Dec. 27, 2011

"Defunitely would make this again! Very easy and quick to make and my kiddos even enjoyed it so that's a plus :O)"

ashleysara23 User ID: 5836170 175404
Reviewed Oct. 30, 2011

"This recipe was delicious and easy to make! My sister and her 2 girls loved it! I made a double batch so i would have left overs. I just used an 11x7 baking dish."

gawneKOA User ID: 5557429 175403
Reviewed Oct. 28, 2011

"i am not a fan of cottage cheese, so I cut back and added some ricotta. this dish is all about creamy delicious!!"

MsDeb01 User ID: 3541216 174051
Reviewed Oct. 23, 2011

"The original recipe serves 2 people. I tripled the ingredients. I added 2 cans of stewed tomatoes, one for each layer. This dish is very good. I served garlic baked bread, and green beans with it."

gwendolynmae User ID: 5278017 175401
Reviewed Oct. 1, 2011

"It was very tasty ,the only thing I would do next time is to add just a little more of the cheese mixture."

ladymluv09 User ID: 5285938 175620
Reviewed Oct. 1, 2011

"I doubled it and now have two leftover bowls prefect for me to eat before I work my evening shifts. It was not a super hit but was pleased with the results."

rfkey13 User ID: 2847613 102784
Reviewed Sep. 27, 2011

"Wow! This was a hit with my family. This is definitely in the "Make Again At the Meadows Residence'."

japalena User ID: 5915824 91575
Reviewed Sep. 26, 2011

"I used all the ingredients in the recipe, but prepared the dish differently. I browned the meat, green pepper, and onions, then I drained the meat and added the tomato sauce and spices. I let that simmer while my rotini noodles were boiling. Meanwhile, I mixed together cottage cheese, cream cheese, sour cream, a little bit of parmesan cheese, and a sprinkle or two of colby jack mixed cheese. I poured the noodle/meat mixture into a greased casserole dish and folded in the cottage cheese mixture. Then, I topped the meat mixture with parmesan and colby jack cheeses and baked for 20-25 minutes. It was good but a little watery for some reason. Maybe the cottage cheese or sour cream? Next time, I'll cut down on the cream cheese. I tripled the recipe so I could have six servings."

pumpkin1944 User ID: 2552582 108031
Reviewed Sep. 25, 2011

"Now this is comfort food."

tracey37217 User ID: 2445328 158842
Reviewed Sep. 25, 2011

"Has any1 used Ricotta chesse instead of cottage cheese?"

raybarnes User ID: 5274330 179875
Reviewed Sep. 24, 2011

"Awesome recipe.. I used chili Seasoning."

elda66 User ID: 5945047 108030
Reviewed Sep. 24, 2011

"This is very good. I doubled the recipe. Instead of the tomatoe sauce, sugar and salt I used Italian tomatoes and put them in the blender. I definately make this again."

TXPOPPY User ID: 2729610 210172
Reviewed Sep. 24, 2011

"I have made this recipe for almost 40 years. One exception - it should be refrigerated 8 hours or overnight before baking."

maellie1 User ID: 5485947 179873
Reviewed Sep. 24, 2011

"I use to make this in the 70s" I just hadn't thought of it i many years so I tried it again my hubby said it brought back many memories"

suunylou User ID: 3450016 175400
Reviewed Sep. 24, 2011

"Have been making a form of this recipe for years. I use it when I'm too lazy to make lasagne from scratch. Very good!"

Travlnman02 User ID: 5805527 91538
Reviewed Sep. 24, 2011

"This is a dish I've been making for years but with Penne pasta and diced tomatoes. In the summer I use fresh tomatoes from my garden and dice them up. I begin by sauteing the onion and two cloves of minced garlic in 1 Tbsp olive oil for about three minutes over med heat, then add the meat and cook till done, drain and stir in other items. I don't add the sugar the fresh tomatoes are sweet enough. Served with a fresh garden salad and vinagrete and toasted Sourdough Garlic bread this makes a meal. I have a preference for Hunt's Tomato products because of taste."

peboundy User ID: 2657165 108029
Reviewed Feb. 1, 2011

"AWESOME!! Should be called "Lasagna bake" as that's what it tastes like! Made a huge batch and put in a crock pot for work. 3 hours on low and it was perfect! Gave out LOTS of recipes!"

deejohnsen User ID: 4538790 161322
Reviewed Jan. 30, 2011

"Have made this about a half dozen times. Love it!! I usually double or triple the recipe for leftovers and lunch throughout the week. I use all lowfat cheeses, whole wheat egg noodles and keep with the 90+% lean ground beef. Added sun-dried tomatoes to the cheese mixture instead of green pepper (had none on hand) tonight. easy recipe to make and versatile enough to make substitutions."

liza27a User ID: 1791624 175619
Reviewed Nov. 4, 2010

"Have made this recipe twice now, omitted the pepper and onions only because I had none on hand. My two year old loved it! Would like to make more ahead of time to freeze, however, I'm not sure of how to thaw and bake after freezing. Any suggestions?"

JLS08 User ID: 5282006 177300
Reviewed Oct. 19, 2010

"This was okay, but very messy with little kids. It wasn't good enough to make often and seemed a bit plain, but is fairly fast and easy to make."

KWinters User ID: 3292067 177299
Reviewed Oct. 2, 2010

"I tired this recipe the other night and we loved it. I left out the green pepper and instead of green onion in the filling, because I didn't have any, I added a little parsley. I also used a hearty style of egg noodle and it was fabulous."

tmyers User ID: 1612302 175546
Reviewed Sep. 6, 2010

"EXCELLENT recipe! My husband told me to make this anytime! the green onion tasted great. it's not a hard recipe but does take time due to the steps. but, it's well worth it! definite keeper!"

fgilbreth User ID: 1409073 210171
Reviewed Aug. 17, 2010

"Delicious, economical and filling!"

tmyers User ID: 1612302 177296
Reviewed Aug. 17, 2010

"My Grandma made this and it was SO TASTY! I can't wait to make it for my husband!"

MVPhelan User ID: 1073981 163911
Reviewed Aug. 13, 2010

"This is really very good. When I was putting it together, I was afraid it was going to be bland, but it wasn't the case at all. It will become a regular in our house.

I forgot to get an onion, so I used a few shakes of onion powder. I also omited green peppers just because I don't really care for them. I used low fat sour cream, cream cheese and cottage cheese."

2008reneeq User ID: 1649419 175538
Reviewed Aug. 3, 2010

"Great tasting and so easy. I too doubled the recipe for my family of four. Baked the same amount of time in 2 qt dish. There were no leftovers so that tells you this one is a keeper."

jeneeduckworth User ID: 965119 116103
Reviewed Jul. 25, 2010

"BTW....I also used whole wheat egg noodles and low fat on all the cheeses and sour cream and it was still delicious! :)"

jeneeduckworth User ID: 965119 142189
Reviewed Jul. 25, 2010

"I decided to double this recipe to freeze half. Instead of doubling the tomato sauce, I used 1 8oz can of tomato sauce (as called for in the original recipe) and 1 10oz can of Rotel. It was soooooo good! It gave it just the perfect kick! My husband loved it and I will make this again!"

lambler User ID: 3607177 161320
Reviewed Jul. 22, 2010

"Loved it!!! Added a little extra salt which really brought out the flavors. Will definitely be making this again. So easy too!!"

arkansasrose58 User ID: 4425687 175531
Reviewed Jul. 19, 2010

"My husband loved it. Will make it again, only I think I'll add olives and pepperoni."

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