Creamy Hamburger Noodle Casserole

March/April 1999

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The EatingWell Test Kitchen takes lean ground beef and combines it with whole-grain bulgur, egg noodles and a creamy tomato sauce in a baked casserole topped with Cheddar. With less fat and calories than the original skillet meal, this dish is sure to become a new family favorite.

"I used TVP and fluffed it up using beef broth. I put lots of garlic in, because I'd read the comments about it being bland. Added red pepper flakes, per the previous reviews. Still bland. We added more sour cream to it and more salt,...
Creamy Hamburger Noodle Casserole

35 Reviews for Creamy Hamburger Noodle Casserole


It was pretty easy to make, not too much prep time, and it turned out amazing just as the recipe is written. I wouldn't change a thing. I have never written a review before, but had to on this one. This is a definite re-peat recipe.

Very tasty and healthy

I didn't find this bland at all. I made this as written except I use marinara sauce from a jar instead of tomato sauce because I was stupid and forgot to buy tomato sauce. Perhaps that is why it tasted awesome? Anyone who keeps adding things and still finding this bland should try the marinara sauce and go back to normal for the rest of the ingredients.

Easy, healthy without being flavorless

I made this for a friend that just returned home from a week long stay in the hospital. I split it into 2 1qt pans, as there are only 2 of them, so they can freeze one and eat one now. They had the first tonight and LOVED it! She is vegetarian, so I subbed veggie crumbles for ground beef and skipped the browning step, plus added more cheese as the veggie crumbles have significantly less fat than beef. Her omnivore husband loved it too. Now I guess I need to make it for myself! :)

Needed a little spice, then delicious

This is a family favorite, so I was excited to find this healthier version. I made a few small changes which greatly improved the flavor:

1. Double the amount of garlic.
2. Saute 1/2 yellow onion (diced) with the hamburger
3. Add 1 tsp. Red Pepper Flakes
4. Add 1/2 tsp Oregano
5. Add 1 Tbsp sugar


Like it the way it was....didn't add any salt ...for a healthier heart.


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