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.
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.
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.
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.
Try these other quick & easy family favorite dinner recipes
- baked creamy parmesan chicken
- turkey taco burrito bowls
- homemade spaghetti meat sauce
- chicken burrito skillet
creamy beef noodle bake
- 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
Heat oven to 350 degrees. Prepare a 9x13 baking dish and spray with cooking spray.
Cook the ground beef in a skillet until no longer pink. Drain any excess fat.
Add in the tomato sauce, salt, pepper, and onion powder into the meat and let simmer on low while you prepare the rest.
Cook the egg noodles according to package directions [don't forget to salt the water!]
In large bowl, mix together the sour cream and the cottage cheese.
Drain the noodles and pour them into the mixing bowl with the sour cream and cottage cheese. Stir to coat all the noodles.
Pour half the egg noodle mixture into your prepared pan, top with half the ground beef mixture, and then half the shredded cheese. Repeat.
Bake for 20 minutes.
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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recipe adapted from here