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Hamburger Noodle Casserole

People have a hard time believing this homey and hearty casserole uses lighter ingredients. The taste is so rich and's a great weeknight family entree! —Martha Henson, Winnsboro, Texas
  • Total Time
    Prep: 30 min. Bake: 35 min.
  • Makes
    10 servings


  • 5 cups uncooked egg noodles
  • 1-1/2 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 reduced-fat sour cream
  • 3 green onions, thinly sliced, divided
  • 2/3 cup shredded reduced-fat cheddar cheese


  • Preheat oven to 350°. 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 tomato sauce, sugar, salt and pepper; heat through. Drain noodles; stir into beef mixture.
  • In a small bowl, beat cream cheese, ricotta cheese and sour cream until blended. Stir in half of the onions.
  • Spoon half the noodle mixture into a 13x9-in. baking dish coated with cooking spray. Top with cheese mixture and remaining noodle mixture.
  • Cover and bake 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: 319 calories, 14g fat (8g saturated fat), 92mg cholesterol, 635mg sodium, 23g carbohydrate (5g sugars, 1g fiber), 24g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 3 lean meat, 1-1/2 starch, 1 fat.
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  • terrilowery
    Sep 26, 2019

    No comment left

  • Angel182009
    Mar 22, 2018

    My family really enjoyed this dish. I thought it was very simple to put together. I added more than the amount of cheese it called for because we love cheese. I also left out the sour cream because we didn't have any like I thought we did. I will be making this again.

  • timmel
    May 17, 2017

    Over cheesy. Didn't think the cheddar belonged on the top.

  • muffbear74
    May 24, 2016

    A little time consuming, but tasty. I left out the sugar.

  • cholokrys
    Jan 22, 2016

    This recipe actually surprised me!! I was a little skeptical about combining cream cheese, ricotta and sour cream, I thought it would have been too much! I read the reviews, and added some Italian sausage, green peppers and onions. It was so good....comforting on a cold day and very creamy. Will definitely make again!!!!

  • Tracy1969
    Oct 19, 2015

    Results were split. Two liked it and two did not. I found it to gooey like, with no real flavor. very bland in my opinion. Will not make again.

  • luigimon
    Apr 9, 2015

    Loved this!! I did not use anything low fat or fat free and it needed a little bit more seasoning, but otherwise, yummy and easy!!

  • VolcanoGirl
    May 18, 2014

    Delicious! Used 2lbs of ground beef...also substituted a jar of tomato basil marinara instead of canned tomato sauce and doubled the green onions. The whole family gave it thumbs up. Will definitely make again!

  • mmmm..
    May 11, 2014

    Pretty good & simple to make. Next time I may try adding salsa and black olives, or using a mix of sausage and hamburger.

  • SitDownandEat
    May 6, 2014

    This is filling. That is all the good I can say about it. It is tasteless. If you want pasta, you'd be better off frying up some hamburger and adding it to Kraft Mac & Cheese, or using a box of Hamburger Helper. With cheese as expensive as it is, don't waste it on this tasteless dish. We have a lot of leftovers which I hope to entice people to eat by adding jarred spaghetti sauce. It was a pain to make, too--lots of dirty pans. If you're looking for a yummy hamburger noodle dish, keep looking!