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creamy beef noodle bake

Tender egg noodles, melty cheese, and a creamy tomato ground beef mixture make for one amazing, and family-friendly dinner! The entire family will love this simple and easy creamy beef noodle bake. It’s a family favorite that can be on the dinner table in 30 minutes. Perfect for a busy weeknight and back-to-school dinner. 

Creamy Beef Noodle Bake is a family favorite dinner! www.togetherasfamily.com

 Do you have a go-to dinner? A dinner that you can make and you know everyone will love it and it will turn out delicious each time. Well, this creamy beef noodle bake is mine! Everyone loves it and I can always count on it to be one of those dinners that are peaceful.

Meaning my kids don’t whine and cry about having to eat their food. So you can bet that this creamy beef noodle bake gets made several times a month at my house.

Tender egg noodles, melty cheese, and a creamy tomato ground beef mixture make for one amazing, and family-friendly dinner! The entire family will love this simple and easy creamy beef noodle bake.

 It’s seriously so yummy and best of all, really easy! I love trying new recipes and I remember when I first made this several years ago, I did not have high expectations for it because I was not too familiar with egg noodles and the recipe did not seem like it would have much flavor. I found out real fast that I was wrong.

The beef simmers on the stove top in tomato sauce and some seasonings. While it’s simmering you cook up some egg noodles and then coat the hot egg noodles in a creamy & cheesy cottage cheese and sour cream sauce.

Layer it in your casserole dish and then top with some cheese, and then it cooks for just a short time in the oven. 

Tender egg noodles, melty cheese, and a creamy tomato ground beef mixture make for one amazing, and family-friendly dinner! The entire family will love this simple and easy creamy beef noodle bake.

This recipe is very versatile too. I have had several readers use some fresh onions, fresh garlic, chopped pepper and cook that with the beef mixture. Other readers have used a can of corn (drained) and mixed that in with the meat. 

Add in whatever seasonings you prefer; Italian seasoning, basil, oregano, garlic powder, etc. The sky is the limit with this recipe. I have loved reading all your changes and substitutions, so if you have one please leave me a comment below. I love to hear from all of you.

My family loves the recipe as is but the beauty of this recipe is that it is so adaptable and versatile. I serve this with a bagged green salad that I add cherry tomatoes and chopped cucumber to. My kids LOVE green salad (weird, huh?!) so I always try and have it at the dinner table. You could also serve it with these slow cooker carrots or these 15 minute skillet carrots

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Tender egg noodles, melty cheese, and a creamy tomato ground beef mixture make for one amazing, and family-friendly dinner! The entire family will love this simple and easy creamy beef noodle bake.
creamy beef noodle bake
Prep Time
20 mins
Cook Time
20 mins
Total Time
40 mins
 
Tender egg noodles, melty cheese, and a creamy tomato ground beef mixture make for one amazing, and family-friendly dinner! The entire family will love this simple and easy dish.
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Servings: 8 people
Calories: 325 kcal
Ingredients
  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 1 can (15 oz) tomato sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 package (12 oz) egg noodles
  • 3/4 cup sour cream
  • 2 cups cottage cheese 16 oz container
  • 2 cups shredded cheese I use Colby Jack
Instructions
  1. Heat oven to 350 degrees. Prepare a 9x13 baking dish and spray with cooking spray.
  2. Cook the ground beef in a skillet until no longer pink. Drain any excess fat.
  3. Add in the tomato sauce, salt, pepper, and onion powder into the meat and let simmer on low while you prepare the rest.
  4. Cook the egg noodles according to package directions [don't forget to salt the water!]
  5. In large bowl, mix together the sour cream and the cottage cheese.
  6. Drain the noodles and pour them into the mixing bowl with the sour cream and cottage cheese. Stir to coat all the noodles.
  7. Pour half the egg noodle mixture into your prepared pan, top with half the ground beef mixture, and then half the shredded cheese. Repeat.
  8. Bake for 20 minutes.
Recipe Notes

I always cook the egg noodles for 1 minute less than what the package calls for. They will cook slightly more when they bake in the oven. For best results, don't use low-fat or fat-free cottage cheese or sour cream. Obviously you could to save calories, but taste wise and texture, the dish will suffer. Sometimes when I make this I will divide it into two 8x8 pans (instead of one big 9x13), cook one right away for dinner and then I will cover the other with aluminum foil and put in the fridge for another night. It will keep in the fridge for 2-3 days. Just bake as directed.

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Creamy Beef Noodle Bake - Tender egg noodles, melty cheese, and a creamy tomato ground beef mixture make for one amazing, and family-friendly dinner! The entire family will love this simple and easy creamy beef noodle bake. It's a family favorite that can be on the dinner table in 30 minutes. Perfect for a busy weeknight and back-to-school dinner | togetherasfamily.com

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    Liz
    May 31, 2015 at 1:49 pm "Thank you Jessica for all the lovely recipes.
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      Together As Family
      May 31, 2015 at 4:21 pm You are very welcome! I am glad you are liking them :)
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    Dana
    May 31, 2015 at 3:42 pm Can you substitute ricotta for the cottage cheese, no one but me in my house will eat cottage cheese
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      Together As Family
      May 31, 2015 at 4:23 pm I've never thought of that one, but I don't see any reason why it should not work. It would probably change the flavor profile a bit I would imagine. If it helps at all, you can't taste the cottage cheese. It blends in real nicely with the hot noodles when you mix it together. I hope that helps you. Thanks for stopping by!
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      DocAimee
      July 20, 2015 at 9:28 pm You can't taste the cottage cheese! So yummy!
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      J.J.
      August 12, 2015 at 1:26 pm Did you try it with the ricotta cheese?
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        Dawn
        February 1, 2016 at 8:19 pm I did....it was PERFECT!! My family loved it..they ate 3/4 of the pan, 2 helpings a piece! This is a KEEPER!!
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          Together As Family
          February 1, 2016 at 11:06 pm So good to hear Dawn! Thanks for coming back and letting people know. I've had lots ask about ricotta so this is good info :)
          • Ian
            March 27, 2016 at 4:43 pm Yeah... it's so silky smooth with the ricotta cheese. I also sauteed some fresh sliced mushrooms and tossed it in the mix and it was superb!! :)
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    Alli
    June 12, 2015 at 7:54 am This looks so good, So easy which works so well for my family! Will be putting this on my menu!
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      Together As Family
      June 12, 2015 at 9:44 pm I hear you on the easy dinners. This certainly is easy and all my kids will actually eat it without complaining :) Thanks so much for visiting and for leaving a comment. Have a wonderful weekend, Alli!
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    The Better Baker
    June 12, 2015 at 8:07 am Congrats to you! This awesome comforting dish got our attention and is being featured at this week's Weekend Potluck party. *-* Please come back again soon. http://thebetterbaker.blogspot.com/2015/06/easy-biscoff-cheesecake-pie-weekend.html
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      Together As Family
      June 12, 2015 at 9:42 pm Thank you, thank you! I just came back from vacation all week and was thrilled to see this. Thanks so much. Love your link party. Have a wonderful weekend :)
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    Donna
    June 12, 2015 at 5:54 pm I just made this up with my daughter and the house is smelling heavenly!!! Of course, I changed the recipe. I always do. Sigh. Just me. I really should try the recipe before I change it but portabella mushrooms were on sale and onions are always so good. Little fresh chopped garlic....... We are waiting for hubby to get home. We will add some fresh green beans and some hot baked bread and life is good Thank you for sharing this recipe with us!!! Blessings to you!!!
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      Together As Family
      June 12, 2015 at 9:41 pm oh good! This is our favorite. So simple but yet so delicious! I love the changes you made. So clever and creative. I don't think my kids would touch this if I put mushrooms and onions in it ;) But I would love it! Thanks so much for visiting and for coming back to leave your feedback. Have a great weekend Donna!
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        Donna
        June 13, 2015 at 7:54 pm Thank you, and you too! My family loved the casserole. We have about half of it left and that means I have Sunday's supper made. Add some veggies and hot bread and it's a perfect ending to a nice weekend! I will be looking at more of your recipes! Thanks you!
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          Together As Family
          June 15, 2015 at 11:49 am Thanks Donna! That makes me happy to hear. I normally am not a fan of leftovers, but I look forward to eating the leftovers of this creamy beef noodle bake :)
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    Reba
    June 13, 2015 at 12:38 am You said that you sometimes refrigerate half for later in the week... Do you think I could freeze the other half? Thanks!
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      Together As Family
      June 13, 2015 at 12:46 pm Hi Reba! I have never tried freezing it, but I see no reason why it would not work. I am planning on making this soon so I will try freezing half and then coming back and updating the post. I'm sure it would be just fine, I would just make sure it is thawed completely before cooking in the oven. Thanks so much for visiting and commenting. Have a wonderful weekend :)
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        Donna Jennings
        June 22, 2015 at 7:19 pm I'm a bit concerned about leaving the second 6 " pan in the fridge for 5 days. I think it would be safer to put in the freezer till ready bto use.
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          Together As Family
          June 22, 2015 at 9:07 pm You're right, freezing would be much safer. If I keep the second pan in the fridge, I always cook it up for dinner within a day or two. Thanks so much for your comment Donna :)
          • Anne
            October 22, 2015 at 11:48 am I have frozen meals and I find it is best to prepare the meal and then freeze it before you cook it. Tastes like a fresh meal when you only cook it once. I think this meal should freeze well because my lasagna has similar ingredients and is great if I prepare it and freeze it before cooking. Then you just thaw it and cook it in the oven when your ready to eat it. The only thing I would suggest if you know you are going to freeze it- cook the noodles for about 3 min. Less time. The noodles will absorb water while they are frozen so if you freeze any meal with pasta- cook them a few min. Less then the directions so they won't be too soggy.
          • Together As Family
            October 22, 2015 at 4:07 pm Oh, wow! Thanks Anne. I've been wondering about freezing this.... ours never makes it that long to freeze it :) Thanks so much for all the information and for leaving your comment. I know it will help a lot of readers, and me included. Thanks again.
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    Linda
    June 21, 2015 at 2:56 pm can you use cream cheese instead of cottage cheese.
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      Together As Family
      June 21, 2015 at 10:31 pm Hi Linda. You probably could. I would make sure it's fairly softened though. I don't know if it would bake up creamy like the cottagee cheese + sour cream mixture. It's always worth a try :) Thanks so much for visiting!
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    Kellie Murray
    July 10, 2015 at 2:11 pm This looks and sounds amazing.
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      Together As Family
      July 10, 2015 at 2:44 pm Thank you Kellie :) This is our favorite and gets made very often. Thanks so much for visiting and commenting. Have a great weekend :)
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    Kadie
    July 15, 2015 at 4:57 am i made this dish tonight and thought it was good but I felt it needed something as it was a little bland. Any suggestions?
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      Together As Family
      July 15, 2015 at 8:40 am Oh shoot! I'm sorry it turned out bland for you. I know some other readers have added chopped onion and chopped green bell pepper to the beef mixture (cook all of it together). That would probably give you much more flavor. My family loves it as written, but I know everyone has different tastes. Try adding the onion and bell pepper :) Thanks so much for commenting and visiting!
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        Vicky
        August 12, 2015 at 8:07 am I have made this many times with changes. I add chopped onions, garlic, and a can of petite diced tomatoes to the meat and tomato sauce and let it simmer about 1/2 hour. If I want a Tex-Mex flavor I add chili powder and cumin. If I want an Italian flavor I add basil and oregano. We really like this as well as the grand kids.
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          Together As Family
          August 12, 2015 at 12:26 pm Hi Vicky! I love the changes you made. That's one of the best things about this recipe, it's so versatile. I really like the idea of the canned diced tomato along with the tomato sauce. Might try that one :) Thanks so much for leaving your comment.
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      Together As Family
      July 15, 2015 at 8:42 am Also, I have made this before with the 'light sour cream' and the lower fat cottage cheese and we noticed a big difference in taste. I always use regular fat sour cream and the higher 4% fat cottage cheese. I know it's more calories/fat, but we think it tastes better. That's another option you could try too :)
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      Van
      August 10, 2017 at 12:38 am You ought to try tasting the meat sauce before you assemble the baking dish to bake. Just so you can see if you need more salt, garlic powder, onion powder or even a little spice. Once you get it to your liking, then you'll know that your end product will be tasty 😉 This recipe was so yummy! Loved the creaminess that the cottage cheese gives. Definitely looks a lot heavier than it tastes. If that makes sense! Will continue making this! Also I doubled the meat and added chopped onions
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        Together As Family
        August 10, 2017 at 10:11 am So glad you loved it Van! The creamy cottage cheese is my favorite part too. And yes, the great thing about this recipe is that it is so versatile. Lots of readers have commented with all their additions and they all sound so yummy. Fresh onion and fresh garlic seem to be popular. I just don't add those because I love the ease and convenience, and the no chopping of the recipe as is.
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    Jeannie
    July 16, 2015 at 5:51 pm This looks & sounds amazing - making my mouth water! As a 'seasoned' cook, a person knows when there's a good blend of ingredients . Am adding the ingredients to my grocery list for this week.
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      Jeannie
      July 16, 2015 at 5:54 pm P.S...I'm with you on the NOT using 'light' products - I agree 100% that you need the 'real deal' to get the best flavor.
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        Together As Family
        July 16, 2015 at 10:43 pm haha :) Thanks. It really does make a huge difference in taste and final outcome of the dish.
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      Together As Family
      July 16, 2015 at 10:40 pm Thank you so much Jeannie! You're so sweet. I hope you love it as much as we do :) Thanks so much for visiting and commenting.
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    Brittany K
    July 17, 2015 at 7:17 pm I made this tonight for supper! Hubby loved it and went on and on about how good it was, my 22 month old had 2 helpings and he's been on a no meat phase, and my 8 month old devoured it. I made it as directed, except added ½ an onion to the meat while cooking, 1 tbsp of pizza seasoning to the sauce mixture and use probably 3c of cheese. I did half and half cheddar and mozzarella. There are only 2 servings left of the whole recipe!!
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      Together As Family
      July 17, 2015 at 9:11 pm Yay! I'm SO happy you all loved it. Don't you love it when the kids eat dinner with no problems?! My kids devour this stuff too. I like your idea of more cheese, you can never have too much cheese :) Thanks so much for coming back and commenting. Have a great weekend!
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    Michelle
    July 19, 2015 at 7:00 pm have you ever tried freezing the extra 8x8 pan when you divide into two pans?
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      Together As Family
      July 19, 2015 at 7:59 pm Hi Michelle! I have not had a chance to freeze it yet. We always eat the second pan like the next night :) I see no reason why you couldn't freeze it. I would suggest double wrapping it in tin foil and thawing it completely once you're ready to cook it in the oven. I hope that helps you. Thank you so much for visiting!
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    Ann
    July 25, 2015 at 1:09 pm Is there any other cheese I can use in place of cottage cheese? thank you, Ann
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      Together As Family
      July 25, 2015 at 5:54 pm Hi Ann! You could try ricotta cheese or cream cheese. I can't vouch for what they would taste like, because I have only ever used the cottage cheese when I make this. If you try cream cheese, I would make sure it's softened first. Also, once it bakes, you won't even be able to tell there is any cottage cheese in there at all. It sort of melts into the noodles and turns into a creamy type sauce with the sour cream. Let me know if you try it and if your substitutions worked out :) Thanks so much for visiting and commenting!
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    Shonna
    August 1, 2015 at 9:30 pm Can this recipe be made up to just before baking and then frozen? I like the idea of being able to thaw it on the counter during a busy Winter day and then just pop it in the oven.
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      Together As Family
      August 2, 2015 at 12:22 am Hi Shonna! I have never done that but I do know that all the ingredients can be frozen with no problem. So, I see no reason why you could not freeze the casserole and let thaw before baking :) I hope that helps. Thanks so much for stopping by.
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    Courtney
    August 9, 2015 at 10:50 pm Would this freeze well?
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      Together As Family
      August 10, 2015 at 8:12 am I have never tried freezing it, but I see no reason why it would not freeze well. Just make sure it is thawed before cooking :) Thanks for stopping by and commenting :)
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    yvette
    September 8, 2015 at 1:34 pm You could freeze this too!!!!
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      Together As Family
      September 9, 2015 at 3:22 pm Yes you could. I have never done it because we end up eating it too fast :)
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    Barb
    September 30, 2015 at 7:29 pm Made this for dinner tonight. I added fresh sautéed onions and garlic. A little Worcestershire sauce and sharp cheddar cheese. My husband loved it! I added some red pepper flakes to mine. I loved it! Thank you for the recipe!
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      Together As Family
      October 1, 2015 at 7:38 am Yay! I'm so happy you loved it! This is hands down, the dinner I make the most in my house. Worcestershire sauce sounds like a really good addition. I've never added the onion and garlic, but maybe I will try it. Thanks so much Barb for coming back to leave your comment :)
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    Jacqueline
    October 2, 2015 at 1:14 pm I made this by adding onion and green pepper to the beef mixture and added Italian seasoning to the tomato sauce. I also used ricotta cheese mixed with Italian seasoning instead of cottage cheese. It tastes AMAZING! Thanks so much for the wonderful recipe!
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      Together As Family
      October 3, 2015 at 11:00 am That's wonderful the ricotta worked with this recipe. I have had many readers ask about using ricotta, so now I know :) Thanks so much, Jacqueline, for coming back to leave your comment! And I love the idea of the Italian seasoning with this dish. Yum!
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    susan
    October 4, 2015 at 4:10 pm I was wondering,can you do this recipe in a skillet?
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      Together As Family
      October 4, 2015 at 7:33 pm Hi Susan. I don't think this recipe would work in a skillet. There is not enough liquid in the meat mixture to cook the egg noodle.
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    April
    October 5, 2015 at 1:48 pm Is there something that i Can substitute the tomato paste for as I'm allergic to tomato's?
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      Together As Family
      October 5, 2015 at 7:25 pm Hi April. I honestly don't know what you could use instead. I'm trying to think but the only thing I can think of would be a cream of mushroom soup?? You do need something to add to the beef mixture, otherwise I worry it would be way too dry. I'm sorry I can't be of more help.
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        Debbie
        October 31, 2015 at 6:56 pm I have made a very similar recipe for years with cream of mushroom or even cream of chicken soup. It is awesome!
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          Together As Family
          November 1, 2015 at 3:39 pm Hi Debbie! That sounds yummy. I love those easy recipes :)
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    Sheri
    October 18, 2015 at 6:51 pm I made this tonight and it was really good. As I usually do with most recipes, I made a few changes. I did use fat free cottage cheese and sour cream and it worked great. I added minced garlic and a chopped big red onion (love onions) in with the meat while browning and some extra spices. I also used salt free tomato sauce. This recipe is a keeper, thanks!
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      Together As Family
      October 18, 2015 at 7:50 pm Hi Sheri! Great changes. Your version is definitely much healthier :) Thanks for coming back to leave your feedback.
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    andrea
    October 22, 2015 at 8:36 am this is truly delish AND easy and I mean easy....................at 4:30 I had to run to store to get a couple of items needed and it was ready at a perfectly acceptable meal time for family. one thing I will change- I'm going to give the cottage cheese a couple of whirls in the blender. a couple of my kids have issue with white lumps in food but I'm certain if that had been addressed there would be NO issue b/c they still ate it (with comments). thanks for sharing an honest recipe regarding ease and taste:)
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      Together As Family
      October 22, 2015 at 11:21 am Thank you so much Andrea! I love the idea of blending the cottage cheese. I had never thought of that. I love the creaminess the cottage cheese adds to this dish, so blending it would solve the problem for those that don't like the texture. Thank you so much for coming back with your comment and input. I really appreciate it and I always love hearing from those who have tried recipes :) This is a dish that I still make at least 1-2 times per month. We love it!
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    Nicole
    October 30, 2015 at 4:55 pm Hello Jessica, I would really love to try this recipe because it looks so good but I have one problem my husband & daughter are lactose intolerant so I was wondering if there's anything that you would recommend that I can use to substitute the sour cream & cottage cheese. Thank you
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      Together As Family
      October 30, 2015 at 9:31 pm Hi Nicole! I am not sure. My best idea would be to just not substitute it with anything and use the cooked noodle (skip the step where you add it to the cottage cheese/sour cream mix). It could be drier that way so I would maybe also add more tomato sauce. Hopefully that helps. Thanks for commenting :)
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        Nicole
        November 3, 2015 at 11:55 am Hello Jessica, thank you for getting back to me I will definitely try that. Thank you :)
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    Cheesy
    November 1, 2015 at 10:56 am I made this last night. ( Halloween )... We called it Ghoul-losh lol Due to the fact no one makes GF egg noodles I broke up GF lazagna noodles and cooked those. It was very good and it is like a mild cheesy lasagna. I reheats well also.. I had it for breakfast!! lol I made it in a Corning deep casserole.
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      Together As Family
      November 1, 2015 at 3:42 pm I love the name for Halloween! It's perfect. That is a perfect way to describe this dish; mild cheesy lasagna. And a lot easier too :) I agree with the reheating well. I don't like many leftovers, but this is one leftover that I LOVE.
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    Jessica
    November 3, 2015 at 11:21 am Have you ever done this recipe without the cottage cheese or can you suggest a replacement? The hubby cannot stand cottage cheese
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      Together As Family
      November 3, 2015 at 11:40 am Hi Jessica. I have not made this recipe without the cottage cheese. Some have substituted ricotta cheese, and one reader even blended up the cottage cheese. If it helps at all, your husband probably would not even be able to tell that there is cottage cheese in this. Once it cooks and melts into the noodles, it does not resemble cottage cheese much. You could also try cream cheese. Just make sure its really soft when you add the noodles to it. Hope that helps :)
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    Jessica
    November 3, 2015 at 11:53 am Thank you!! I think I am just going to try it with the cottage cheese and see how that goes. Cannot wait to try this recipe.
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    Nicole
    November 16, 2015 at 5:30 pm Hi! I don't have any sour cream... Can I substitute something in place or just omit it from the recipe and be ok?
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      Together As Family
      November 16, 2015 at 7:50 pm Hi Nicole! I've never omitted it or substituted something in it's place. Maybe add some more cottage cheese if you have it, 4 oz (1/2 a block) of cream cheese..... that is all I could think of. You also could just omit it. I *think* it would still turn out great.
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        Together As Family
        November 16, 2015 at 7:51 pm Or you could use plain yogurt or plain greek yogurt if you have it. Hope those ideas help you :)
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        Nicole
        November 17, 2015 at 10:12 am Thanks so much! Ive made this before and absolutely love it! But I should have looked at the recipe before I grocery shopped lol! I may try the cream cheese, I do have that. Also thanks for the tips on the yogurt too!
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          Together As Family
          November 17, 2015 at 10:58 am You're very welcome. I always forget stuff on my list too. Luckily, we live like 2 minutes from a grocery store. I think they know me by name now..... :)
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    Cheesy
    November 16, 2015 at 11:28 pm Greek yogurt works as a great sub for sour cream
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      Together As Family
      January 6, 2016 at 10:13 pm I love that idea! Would save some calories too :)
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    Kendra
    December 14, 2015 at 8:30 pm I just made this! Can't wait to try it! The only thing I would suggest is to double the recipe to fill a 9x13 pan. Mine looks half full and the meat sauce barely covered each layer.
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      Together As Family
      December 14, 2015 at 8:40 pm Hi Kendra. That's a great suggestion. I've never tried that, but I'm thinking it may be too full if you double it for a 9x13 pan?? My dish is never full either, and once it bakes the sauce and cheeses all come together nicely. Let me know how it turns out! I hope you love it as much as we do :)
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      Cameron Maxwell
      April 12, 2016 at 9:08 pm I feel I had the same issue. But not double the whole recipe just the meat sauce. I'm really quite surprised that this is the first comment about the meat to noodle ratio. Next time I will double and should be perfect.
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        Together As Family
        April 14, 2016 at 8:43 pm I agree. If you do want to double the meat, I think that would be delish, but for sure I would not double anything else. Thanks for coming back and leaving your feedback Cameron.
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    Brandy
    January 6, 2016 at 9:51 pm We tried this recipe tonight. I knew that it was going to be lacking in flavor so I added basil, oregano, & parsley to the meat sauce as it simmered. You could also use Italian Seasoning. The only problem I had was the cooking time. 20 minutes in a 350 degree oven is not nearly enough. I would suggest leaving it in the oven for at least 30 - 40 minutes. This will allow the cottage cheese to get to it's melting point.
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      Together As Family
      January 6, 2016 at 10:12 pm I love your addition of spices. That's one of my favorite things about this recipe is that you can make it your own. We love it as is, but I know others have changed it up to their liking. As far as the cooking time goes, everything is already cooked when you put it in the oven, so I would be really cautious about leaving it in there longer than 20 minutes. There is not enough liquid in the casserole and because of that I'm afraid the egg noodles would burn to the bottom of the pan. I've never had a problem with the cooking time and I still make this at least 2x a month. Was your dish in the fridge first before you cooked it? Because that could change the cooking time. Thanks so much for coming back to leave your feedback :)
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        Brandy
        January 8, 2016 at 1:07 am My dish was never in the fridge. It just ended up tasting like I stuck a bunch of raw ingredients into a casserole dish and served it up. The sour cream and raw cottage cheese was the main flavor there.
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          Together As Family
          January 8, 2016 at 8:17 am Sorry it didn't work out for you. I only mention the fridge because if I make mine ahead of time I will stick it in the fridge and then it needs about 5+ extra minutes of cooking time. Thank you for leaving your feedback :)
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    Jenna
    February 15, 2016 at 2:58 pm This is one of my family's favorites! I've been making it for a couple years now. The only difference is I chop up a couple green onions and toss them in with the egg noodles mixture along with a big dose of black pepper. It's amazing!
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      Together As Family
      February 15, 2016 at 3:14 pm Hi Jenna. Oh my, I love the idea of green onions. They would bring so much flavor I bet. I may try it next time I make this :)
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    Jessica
    February 23, 2016 at 7:35 pm This was good, but not great. It was kind of just a creamy-kind of like lasagna-slightly bland dinner. My family said they liked it, but I thought it was just ok. I didn't have a can of tomato sauce so I blended a can of stewed tomatoes as a substitute. I also used ricotta cheese versus the cottage cheese.
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      Together As Family
      February 23, 2016 at 8:11 pm Hey Jessica. Sorry to hear it did not turn out amazing! Stewed tomatoes have a thinner consistency than tomato sauce, so I am guessing that did not help in the bland taste. Also, try it with the cottage cheese. It provides more flavor than the ricotta. I've always thought ricotta cheese is bland with no flavor. Thanks so much for coming back to leave your feedback :)
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    Amanda
    March 8, 2016 at 8:24 pm I made this using plain Greek yogurt (vs sour cream) and part skim ricotta (not cottage cheese). I added onion, zucchini and red bell pepper as well as Italian seasoning and Parmesan cheese.
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      Together As Family
      March 8, 2016 at 8:53 pm I love your additions and changes Amanda. Greek yogurt and skim ricotta cheese would definitely help cut down on calories :) Thank you for coming back to leave your feedback.
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    Kate
    March 15, 2016 at 2:34 pm This has become a staple in our house - I make it a couple times a month. My 4yo gobbles it up and so that ALWAYS makes it a welcome recipe in my book. :) I season it up with italian seasoning, garlic/onion salt, parsley etc as we like things a little more flavorful and I liken it to a lasagna flavor without all the work. I'm wondering how it would taste with mexi-flavors instead? I may get brave one of these days and try that. I also use my immersion blender to smooth out the cottage cheese/sour cream mixture. A keeper for sure!! Thank you!
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      Together As Family
      March 15, 2016 at 8:12 pm Hi Kate! I am so happy to hear it's become a favorite. I still make it at least twice a month too. My kids gobble it up as well, so it's def one of those meals that I know there won't be any whining over :) Mexi-flavors actually sound amazing. Use some salsa and maybe add some black beans?? Now I want to try it :)
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      Ian
      March 27, 2016 at 4:48 pm Try it with some ricotta cheese!! It's so super creamy and smooth!! No need for the immersion blender!! :)
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    LINDA
    April 17, 2016 at 4:52 pm CAN YOU SUBSTITUE OTHER KINDS OF NOODLES INSTEAD OF EGG NOODLES?
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      Together As Family
      April 18, 2016 at 8:52 am Hey Linda. I'm sure you could. I've never done it so I can't promise that it will turn out as yummy as the original recipe :) Just make sure you substitute the same amount of whatever noodles you use.
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    Lisa
    June 16, 2016 at 5:24 pm I made this yesterday. I'm another one of those cooks that can't follow a recipe exactly. I doubled the meat mixture. I live with carnivores. I added onion, garlic, parsley and a can of Rotel tomatoes. I also used extra Colby Jack cheese. It was great! Thanks for posting.
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      Together As Family
      June 18, 2016 at 10:10 pm Hi Lisa! I'm so glad you loved this. My husband and son would be so happy if I doubled the meat mixture :) Great additions too.
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    EB
    July 5, 2016 at 6:52 pm FIVE STARS my grandparents are just about as picky eaters as kids, and they LOVED this! We ate the entire thing by ourselves. Added a fresh tomato from our garden and an onion to give it a little extra and it was not a disappointment. Five stars!
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      Together As Family
      July 6, 2016 at 11:35 am So good to hear EB! My family of 5 devours this too :) Thanks for coming back to let me know.
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    Ruth
    August 10, 2016 at 5:39 pm Can you make it without cottage cheese? Sounds good but I don't have that available right now.. Also, do you think it would taste good with cheddar cheese as the cheese..? A anyway sounds delish, I'll try it as soon as I get answer! Lol I'm no cook, and I don't want it to be gross, and I don't know what's good and what's not!
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      Together As Family
      August 10, 2016 at 10:13 pm Hi Ruth! I have made this probably hundreds of times and I have never used anything but the cottage cheese. I would recommend using it for sure! But, I have other people comment and say that they used ricotta cheese and it worked. Me personally, I think ricotta cheese is very bland which is why I love the cottage cheese in this dish. As far as the cheese goes, yes cheddar would be an excellent choice. I usually always buy colby jack cheese so that is why I wrote that in the recipe. But, any cheese can be used with great results. I hope you give it a try. It's a super easy recipe (and yummy!) that even beginner cooks could pull off. Let me know how you like it :)
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      Katie
      August 24, 2016 at 4:04 pm I didn't have cottage cheese (none to be had where I live overseas) so I used a mix of ricotta, herbed cream cheese, and sour cream. I also used mimolette (similar to cheddar) and gouda (similar to Colby)in place of the Colby Jack. It came out great!
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    Katie
    August 24, 2016 at 4:00 pm I made this for lunch yesterday, with some slight modifications to suit what I had on hand, and it was a hit! This recipe is definitely a keeper. Thanks!
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      Together As Family
      August 24, 2016 at 8:25 pm Hi Katie. So good to hear! That is why I love this recipe because it's so versatile. Thanks for stopping by with your comment :)
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    Melissa
    August 28, 2016 at 10:23 pm Can I make this and freeze it? Then take out and bake later?
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      Together As Family
      August 29, 2016 at 7:07 am I would recommend not freezing it because of the cottage cheese it has in it. Dairy does not freeze and then thaw/cook well. You could always try and let me know :)
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    Vanessa
    September 6, 2016 at 6:45 pm This recipe was really good! I substituted lentils for the beef (bought in a 1 lb package steamed from trader joes) and added fresh parsley, garlic and oregano to the sauce. Added parm cheese with the noodles. Hubby approved, will definitely make again!
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      Together As Family
      September 6, 2016 at 8:24 pm Yum! I love lentils but don't make them often (not sure why!). I love all the herbs and spices you added too. Great additions. Thanks for stopping by and letting me know.
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    Lynn Brown
    January 16, 2017 at 7:31 pm We love the recipe but it is very frustrating trying to use the website when an advertisement takes over the page and I have to completely exit the page and get back in. Happened three times in the short time it takes to make the recipe. I understand that advertising pays for your website but this is ridiculous.
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      Together As Family
      January 17, 2017 at 11:34 am Hi Lynn. I am so sorry about the ad. I had no idea the ads were doing that and yes that would be very frustrating. I apologize. I've had problems with this ad company and was in the middle of changing from them but then we had our baby and things have been crazy since. Thank you for your comment and letting me know. It will all be fixed soon. I am so glad your family loves the recipe. It's one of our favorites too. Have a great day :)
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    Ann
    April 4, 2017 at 6:26 pm Used ground venison with Italian seasoning, green pepper and onions. It was delicious!
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      Together As Family
      April 4, 2017 at 10:49 pm Yum! I love the addition of green pepper, onion, and Italian seasoning! That's my very favorite thing about this recipe is that it's so versatile. Thanks for coming back to let me know :)
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    Casey
    May 2, 2017 at 6:16 pm Has anyone tried adding in broccoli or something similar? If so, at what point would you add it to the dish? I did read about the addition of corn but am curious about other vegetables. Great looking recipe, I plan on trying this dish soon! Thanks!
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      Together As Family
      May 2, 2017 at 7:17 pm Hi Casey. Broccoli sounds like a great addition. I would add the broccoli along with the tomato sauce and seasonings and then let it simmer all together for a few minutes. Be sure and chop it small so that it can cook until tender in time. This casserole is not super saucy so adding broccoli may soak up even more of the liquid, you may want to consider adding an additional 8 oz can of tomato sauce (plus the 15 oz called for in the recipe). I've never tried this but it seems like it would work just fine. I hope you enjoy!
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    Mia
    May 12, 2017 at 8:50 pm Just made this for dinner...Absolutely amazing and super easy! The only change I made was that I added onions to the beef mixture. My husband and 4yo daughter loved it! Thanks for the recipe!
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      Together As Family
      May 13, 2017 at 10:00 pm So happy to hear to that! Fresh onion would be amazing in this I am sure. Thanks for letting me know :)
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    Mercedes
    May 21, 2017 at 7:30 pm This looks AMAZING! Would it mess up the recipe if I used ricotta instead of cottage cheese?
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      Together As Family
      May 22, 2017 at 3:32 pm I think ricotta would work just fine. I know other readers have used it and said that it's good. I've never done it so I can't say for sure. If it helps at all, the cottage cheese sort of melts into the noodles so it's not a very apparent or strong taste in this dish. I hope you enjoy it!
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    C
    June 28, 2017 at 11:33 pm Pretty good. Next time I'll use onion and bell peppers. Add some Italian seasoning, add an egg to the cottage cheese and no sour cream. Also add a few tablespoons of butter and sugar to the meat and a can or two of tomato paste as well. And half a cup of water. Also double the cheese and use mozzarella in addition to the Colby Jack blend.
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      Together As Family
      June 29, 2017 at 2:30 pm Your changes sound wonderful. Sounds like a Lasagna ☺️
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    Rebecca
    September 1, 2017 at 4:35 pm Can i use ricotta cheese for cottage cheese?
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      Together As Family
      September 1, 2017 at 4:47 pm Yes you could! Others have tried that and said it turned out fine. I have personally never used it so I can't say for sure taste wise what it would do. Hope that helps :)
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    Crystal Smartt
    October 10, 2017 at 12:39 pm What would I cook with this as far as side dishes go? Any recommendations?
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      Together As Family
      October 10, 2017 at 8:42 pm We all love green salad so that's what I do. I'll usually buy the bagged salad and just add some chopped cucumbers and cherry tomatoes. You could also serve with some carrots. These carrots are sweet and kids love them even https://togetherasfamily.com/2015/07/slow-cooker-sweet-glazed-carrots/ or these 15 minute skillet carrots https://togetherasfamily.com/2017/08/15-minute-skillet-sweet-carrots/
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    Heather Sanders
    November 2, 2017 at 2:50 pm I have a child with a ton of food allergies. I would have to cut out all the dairy and use a pumpkin butternut squash sauce because he can't have tomatoes. Do you think it will still be ok? I also will have to use rice noodles. I am just hoping it won't be terrible. (he is 4)
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      Together As Family
      November 4, 2017 at 10:58 pm Oh no! So sorry to hear about your little guy. Sadly, I don't have any experience with allergies or any of these products as substitutions. I don't even know what to say and don't want to steer you in the wrong direction. It's always worth trying and experimenting.
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    Ivy
    December 31, 2017 at 12:43 pm Why is it that the picture doesn’t look like it has tomato sauce, or very little? When I made it it was very tomato saucy. Also the cottage cheese didn’t melt like I thought it was supposed to.
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      Together As Family
      January 5, 2018 at 11:17 am The casserole should not be swimming in tomato sauce, but it should be coated in it. I like to let my meat mixture summer on low while I boil the egg noodles. So perhaps mine was thicker?? The cottage cheese is not supposed to melt fully, it just kind of gets creamy when combined with the hot noodles and baked.
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    Brooke
    January 12, 2018 at 6:40 pm Have this going in the oven right now! Unfortunately at the store I accidentally grabbed the low fat cottage cheese so we will see.
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      Together As Family
      January 14, 2018 at 12:15 pm That should be ok 😁 Hope you loved it! I just love the richness and creaminess the full fat cottage cheese adds.
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    Cheri
    February 8, 2018 at 5:24 pm I followed the recipe exactly and while it is tasty is wasn't anywhere near creamy. It was almost dry.
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      Together As Family
      February 11, 2018 at 10:25 pm So sorry to hear. Maybe you used too many egg noodles? I have noticed in the grocery store that there are several different sized bags (which makes it super confusing) so it would be easy to grab a larger bag than needed. Thank you for coming back to leave your comment.
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    Vickie
    February 8, 2018 at 9:10 pm This is recipe was delicious. My husband does not like tomatoes in any fashion and when I saw 15 oz tomatoe sauce I was concerned. But I followed the recipe and it turned out outstanding. My husband really liked it; he said when you make it again do it exactly like you did. Thanks,
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      Together As Family
      February 11, 2018 at 10:23 pm So good to hear. I still make this dish regularly so I am really glad that others enjoy it too. Surprisingly it's not very tomato-y at all :) Thanks for coming back to leave your comment.
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    KimmieP
    February 20, 2018 at 6:11 pm Made double batch and put in individual meal containers to take to my parents who do not cook anymore. In freezer now. Will keep you posted.😉. I could not resist eating some of that pasta mixed with the sour cream and cheese though. Delish.
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    Regina
    May 9, 2018 at 10:27 pm I assembled this today before work and had my mom throw it in the oven before I got home. Mom and dad thought it needed a little something but my husband and I loved it. It will now be the base of casseroles in the future! Like the others who added and changed things, I will do the same. I'm so happy I tried it as is first. Thanks so much for such an easy recipe!
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    Cassaundra
    May 30, 2018 at 8:50 pm This recipe is a staple at our house! It’s so amazing. We grow our own tomatoes and can them for all winter. It’s really good with your own canned tomato sauce! I will be a farmers wife here soon and this meal is great to take out to the field for my guys! Thank so much!!
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      Together As Family
      June 1, 2018 at 8:46 pm Homegrown tomatoes :) That sounds amazing. So happy to hear this is a staple recipe. You're very welcome! Thank YOU for commenting and letting me know.

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