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

34 Reviews for Creamy Hamburger Noodle Casserole


Thanks for sharing this recipe I truly enjoyed it. My family thought it was fantastic.

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Anonymous wrote 2 years 32 weeks ago

LOVE the couscous idea. I

LOVE the couscous idea. I won't buy bulgur just for one recipe. We love couscous and so that's what we'll do.

Amazing and Filling

This recipe is fantastic! It tastes wonderful and I make it whenever I have guests over and they love it. My boyfriend is a picky eater and hes loves it as well!

Tastes great, low calories, personal favorite!

This will go into my favorites box. I loved it. I didn't find it bland at all though the flavors are subtle. The bulgar was a wonderful addition both in taste and tecture. To the person that said making the bulgar was too must not have followed the recipe. It's just measure and pour. Doesn't get any easier than that.

Easy to make, freezes well
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Anonymous wrote 2 years 38 weeks ago

TVP will never, ever be a

TVP will never, ever be a taste substitute for beef. No wonder you didn't like it. Next time trying following an original recipe before making radical changes.

Yummy and perfect comfort food...

We loved this casserole. It was tasty, creamy, melt in your mouth wonderful. We are dedicated to a low salt diet, and little dairy, so I cut out the salt and about 1/3 of the dairy. It was still great! After reading the reviews I made a few changes. I didn't have green onions so I substitued a small yellow onion, shallots, and garlic. In the pureed cottage cheese I added a bit of onion powder. I didn't have bulgar on hand so I used couscous... it was an excellent substitute! I will definitely make this again. My husband and I both had seconds and I had to stop him from going for thirds!! This would make a great potluck casserole.

Very tasty and creamy, can be made to individual taste.
Good Concept, Overall Product a Little Blah

This casserole was OK, but certainly nothing special. I made it pretty much as written, adding only extra garlic powder to the sauce. My whole family ate it without a single whine, so that definitely counts for something. I think as written, it's a little blah for the time and dishes that it takes to prepare, so I'm not sure that I will make it again. However, I love the concept of adding bulgar to the beef though (no one could tell, I even asked my husband after dinner if he noticed and he didn't), so I will use the idea of this recipe in the future. I'm thinking I might try doing something similar with marinara sauce instead and maybe a little more cheese in the filling to make it more lasagna-like.

Healthy, and the whole family ate without complaint

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