Beef and Noodle Casserole Recipe

Your whole family will love this Beef and Noodle Casserole. This recipe is perfect for your picky eaters on a busy night. Turn this noodle casserole into a freezer meal with just a few added steps, and it's perfect for now and later!

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Beef Casserole Recipe

Beef + noodles in a creamy sauce – does it get any better than that? This dish is comfort food at it’s finest!

We use ground beef for this recipe, but you could easily substitute ground turkey and it will still be delicious.

How to make Beef and Noodle Casserole into a Freezer Meal

If you’ve been following us for a while you know that we love ourselves a good freezer meal or shortcut. This recipe can easily be made into a freezer meal. Here’s how you do it:

Prepare casserole in pan that can be frozen. We love these Aluminum Foil Pans <—- click to buy your own!

  1. Follow the directions and bake the casserole as listed in the instructions
  2. Remove casserole from oven and let cool on counter for at least 25 minutes
  3. Cover casserole with foil or freezer lid and freeze for up to 30 days.
  4. To reheat casserole, allow it to thaw in the fridge for at least 5 hours.
  5. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and bake for 15-20 minutes or until heated through.

Substitutions for Cottage Cheese in a Casserole

We know cottage cheese is kind of an acquired taste! There are a lot of different options if you’d like to substitute it for something else.

Pureed cream cheese or thick Greek yogurt are popular substitutes used in many recipes calling for cottage cheese because they don’t sacrifice flavor or texture in most dishes.

Ricotta cheese is the most popular substitution for cottage cheese, and is a great filling for ravioli, cannoli and other Italian desserts.

Reader Comment Substitutions for Beef and Noodle Casserole

We’ve received a lot of input on this recipe over the years. Here’s what a few of our readers suggested tweaking or adding while making it their own:

  • Extra Salt and Pepper
  • Extra Garlic Salt
  • A packet of taco seasoning in the ground beef for an extra kick of flavor
  • Bow tie pasta instead of egg noodles
  • Ground turkey in place of beef
  • A frozen package of peas and carrots
  • Regular white onions in place of green onions

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Easy Casserole recipes

We love an easy casserole on a busy night! Here are a few more of our favorites:

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  • Pesto Tortellini Bake
  • Texas Ranch Chicken Casserole
  • John Wayne Casserole
  • Loaded Nacho Casserole

    Serves: 6

    Beef and Noodle Casserole Recipe

    I love a good hearty casserole and this one is so easy to throw together and fill you up! This recipe will become a family favorite for sure.

    10 minPrep Time

    20 minCook Time

    30 minTotal Time

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    • 1 (8 ounce) package wide egg noodles
    • 1 pound ground beef
    • 1/4 teaspoon garlic salt
    • salt and pepper, to taste
    • 1 (15 ounce) can tomato sauce
    • 3/4 cup sour cream
    • 1 cup small curd cottage cheese
    • 1/2 cup diced green onions
    • 1 cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese


    1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
    2. Cook egg noodles following directions on packaging. Rinse noodles in cold water and drain.
    3. While noodles are cooking, brown ground beef in a pan with garlic salt and salt and pepper.
    4. Drain excess grease from beef.
    5. Add in tomato sauce and let simmer over low heat for 5 minutes.
    6. In another bowl mix sour cream, cottage cheese, and green onions together. Add sour cream mixture to meat in skillet and mix well.
    7. Place noodles and meat mixture in a 9x13-inch baking pan that has been sprayed with nonstick cooking spray and top with shredded cheese.
    8. Cook for 20-25 minutes.



    2433 cal


    181 g


    56 g


    129 g
    Click Here For Full Nutrition, Exchanges, and My Plate Info

Recipe slightly adapted from The Pioneer Woman.

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28 Responses to “Beef and Noodle Casserole Recipe”

    • Hi Vicki. The recipe calls for 1 cup which is quite a bit. I looked up some substitute options for you and this is what I found. Hope this helps! Pureed cream cheese or thick Greek yogurt are popular substitutes used in many recipes calling for cottage cheese, as they don't sacrifice flavor or texture in most dishes. Ricotta cheese is often used instead of cottage cheese, and is a great filling for ravioli, cannoli and other Italian desserts.
  1. Alice Birmingham
    I make this but I add a package of taco mix to the hamburger and that gives it more flavor. Follow the directions on the taco mix package. Haven't tried it with egg noodles, I use whatever pasta I have on hand.
  2. I made this tonight. Basically a deconstructed lasagna of sorts. I added a good deal of garlic powder to cheese/sour cream mixture. I think next time I'll cut the sour cream by half, see if that helps thicken things up. Otherwise, this is a bit soupy.
  3. I made this last night, and it was very good. I read some of the previous comments beforehand, so I used a couple of the recommendations / suggestions. I used ricotta cheese instead of cottage cheese, and I added a taco seasoning packet to the beef. I also added a whole onion in place of the green onion. That's just a personal preference. Highly recommend.
    • Hi Judith. Here is some information I found for you and converting a oven recipe over to the slow cooker. It was very helpful. With the beef and noodle casserole, I don't think you will have to alter the recipe that much because everything is basically cooked before sticking it in the oven or slow cooker. It just needs to get heated through. You may also need to cook longer because the high setting on a slow cooker is around 300 degrees and this beef and noodle casserole needs to cook at 350 degrees in the oven. Here is the link to the conversion information. I hope this helps.
  4. Tanya K.
    Just made this and it’s super good, my husband, 7 yo and 4 yo is eating it up. I followed the directions almost exactly except I used a lot of salt/pepper, a lot of garlic salt and added an ample amount of garlic powder. I chose this recipe because it’s from Six Sisters - so good!

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