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Friday, January 3, 2020

Creamy Beef and Noodle Casserole

Ground beef and tomatoes come together in this creamy, cheesy casserole. It is a family pleasing dinner that is easy to make and is likely to be frequently requested.

dinner plate filled with creamy ground beef and noodle casserole, broccoli and bread

      Baked pasta dishes are always popular at our dinner table. This cream beef and noodle casserole is filled with so many favorite flavors.  It is easy to put together and can be assembled ahead of time to make dinner even easier.

        Cooking dinner for the family can sometimes be a complicated task. That is especially true when there are picky eaters and busy schedules involved.

       Luckily pasta bakes tend to be popular all the way around. They are perfect hearty meals that the whole family loves.

saute pan filled with tomato and ground beef mixture for casserole

       For instance, grandma's chicken and broccoli casserole is layers of egg noodles, chicken, gravy, broccoli and cheese. It is a perfect comfort food, a great way to use leftover chicken or turkey, and is super popular with everyone who tries it.

       Baked ziti is another favorite pasta casserole. It's layers of pasta, tomato sauce, meat and cheese are always welcome.

stock pot filled with shell pasta and creamy cottage cheese mixture for casserole

       In addition to filling the family up, these casseroles are great because they can all be assembled ahead of time and baked as needed.

      That makes them great for busy evenings. It also makes them fabulous as a take and bake for friends or family who had a new baby, are ill, or otherwise need a little help getting dinner on the table.

      This casserole is no different.  It is pretty simple to put together and can be baked off whenever you're ready for dinner.

assembled creamy ground beef and noodle casserole ready to bake

      If you are making the casserole ahead of time, just cover and refrigerate until dinner time. Then take the casserole out of the refrigerator before you preheat the oven to take some of the chill off.

       You will likely need to add about 10 minutes to the bake time to make sure it is heated through. The sauce should be bubbly all the way around.

pan of creamy ground beef and noodle casserole fresh from oven with golden brown cheese on top

      This casserole is perfect served with some bread and a side salad or some broccoli. Plus it will fill everyone's belly and put smiles on their faces.

      The best part is the leftovers make a perfect reheatable lunch the next day! So you'll be a winner for multiple days!

      If you aren't one for leftovers, you could easily divide the casserole between two square casserole dishes.  Bake one now and freeze another for later.

forkful of creamy beef and noodle casserole with dinner plate in background

     Just defrost the frozen casserole in the refrigerator before baking it off. You'll have a second dinner with almost no effort required.

        For even less prep work try my no boil pasta bake.  You don't have to boil the noodles or brown the sausage, just put it all in raw and let the oven do the work!

    I have been in a cozy casserole mood lately and have several more recipes in the works to share with you. What are your favorite casserole recipes? I'm always open to more inspiration!

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Yield: 8 servings

Creamy Beef and Noodle Casserole

Creamy Beef and Noodle Casserole

Ground beef and tomatoes come together in this creamy, cheesy casserole. It is a family pleasing dinner that is easy to make and is likely to be frequently requested.
prep time: 5 Mcook time: 60 Mtotal time: 65 M


  • 1 pound lean ground beef
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 2 14.5 ounce cans diced tomatoes
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 16 ounces cottage cheese
  • 3/4 cup sour cream
  • 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese
  • 2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 16 ounces pasta of your choice


How to cook Creamy Beef and Noodle Casserole

  1. Preheat oven to 375 F and grease a 9x13" pan.
  2. In a large skillet or saute pan, brown the ground beef along with the salt, pepper and garlic. Drain any excess grease. 
  3. Add the undrained tomatoes and oregano and allow to simmer for 10-15 minutes.
  4. Meanwhile cook the pasta to al dente and drain the water.  Stir the cottage cheese, sour cream and Parmesan cheese in with the pasta. 
  5. Layer half of the noodle mixture in the prepared pan. Top with half of the meat mixture. Repeat with the remaining noodles then meat and tomatoes. Top with the shredded mozzarella.
  6. Bake for 30-35 minutes or until the sauce is bubbly and the cheese is golden brown. 
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Ground beef and tomatoes come together in this creamy, cheesy casserole. It is a family pleasing dinner that is easy to make and is likely to be frequently requested.


  1. Hi Carlee, I do like a nice pasta bake, it's a perfect comfort food for winter. This recipe reminds me a little of pastitio, maybe because I've been really fancying some! A favourite casserole is difficult to choose, but I do like a nice beef, vegetable and barley stew with proper dumplings... Now I'm fancying that!


    1. Mmm! I could go for stew and dumplings too. A good baked pasta is definitely a cure for a cold winter day.

  2. We love casseroles. Some people think that they are old fashioned, but to me, there is nothing like a good casserole. They are simple to make and pretty much a whole dinner. Thank you for the recipe.

    1. I don't care if they are old fashioned, they are a tasty and easy way to feed the whole family!

  3. This beef and noodle casserole sounds like the perfect dinner with Italian bread and a salad. Thanks for the this recipe idea.

  4. The perfect food for a blustery winter day!


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