If they are going to recommend draining the meat on paper towels, just use 85% lean ground beef. It will add more flavor. Also, an alternative might be to use a mix of 50/50 ground beef and ground pork. Pork can really add a lot of flavor.
Creamy Hamburger Noodle Casserole
From EatingWell: March/April 1999
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.
36 Reviews for Creamy Hamburger Noodle Casserole
Pretty good. The kids ate it up.
Tamara, Meridian, ID
I've made this several times and the family loves it. I'm really glad I came across this recipe.
Angela, California City, ca
I agree with another reviewer that it was difficult to make and ended up being kind of bland. Next time I would add real onion instead of scallions only, maybe some fresh basil, even some red pepper flakes. It's a great base recipe that just needs tweaking. Fairly easy and freezes well!
Erin, Los Angelesc
This took quite a few pans and quite a while to make, for a pretty bland result. It's very hearty, warm and filling, but definitely lacking in flavor. I won't be making this again.
Valerie, Sugar Land, TX