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Lighter Hamburger Noodle Casserole

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

Ingredients

  • 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

Directions

  • 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.
  • In a small bowl, beat the cream cheese, ricotta cheese and sour cream until blended. Stir in half of the onions.
  • 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.
  • 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.
Nutrition 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.
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  • astarzynski
    Jun 24, 2019

    The whole family loved it!!!!

  • MurphyNJ
    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
    Oct 9, 2012

    Loved it!

  • JoeRD
    Oct 9, 2012

    The family loved this recipe!

  • missdeniese
    Apr 30, 2012

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

  • mjtotch
    Apr 25, 2012

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

  • tchr90
    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
    Feb 18, 2012

    Yummy and easy!

  • MommaMindy
    Oct 20, 2011

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

  • edurelli
    Nov 30, 2010

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