Tangy Beef and Noodle Casserole

You can’t go wrong with a good beef and noodle casserole. I have been experimenting a bit lately to come up with ways to make a creamy casserole, that does not include a ‘cream of’ soup in the ingredient list. Instead of a condensed soup, this recipe gets it’s moisture from a blend of sour cream and cottage cheese which also happens to be the ‘tangy’ part of this casserole.

Tangy Beef and Noodle Casserole Recipe

That bit of tang from the sour cream and cottage cheese, blends wonderfully with the tomato based beef topping. I’m quite happy with how this casserole turned out, and judging by all the clean plates, my family was pretty happy with it too.

Tangy Beef and Noodle Casserole


1 1/2 pound ground chuck
1 (15 ounce) can tomato sauce
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper (more or less)
8 ounces egg noodles
1/2 cup sour cream
1 1/4 cup small curd cottage cheese
1/4 cup chopped chives
8 ounces sharp cheddar cheese, grated (Please grate your own cheese. It makes a difference.)

Tangy Beef and Noodle Casserole Recipe


1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

2. Brown ground chuck in a large skillet. Drain off the fat. Add tomato sauce to the ground beef. Stir in salt and 1/4 tsp. ground pepper. Simmer while you prepare the other ingredients.

3. Cook egg noodles until al dente, according to package directions. Drain and set aside.

4. In a medium bowl, combine the sour cream and cottage cheese. Add 1/4 tsp. ground black pepper. Combine with the noodles and stir. Stir in chopped chives.

5. To assemble, place half of the noodles into a baking dish. Top with half the meat mixture then sprinkle on half of the grated cheese. Repeat. Bake for 20 minutes, or until all cheese is melted. Dig in!

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  1. says

    Oh wow does this look like some good ole’ home cooking done right. I can see my kids and I gobbling this one up for sure. Thank for sharing this with us. I like the fact that you used cottage cheese and sour cream to get the creamy texture to it. I love chives, so you have me with that one too.

  2. says

    This looks delicious. I have actually been looking for more ideas for casseroles and I think this is something my husband and sons would enjoy.

  3. Tammy S says

    Yum!! This looks so amazing! Plus it’s a meal that the whole family would eat! I can’t wait to try it!

  4. says

    This looks like it could easily become a family favorite. I agree with you….shredding your own cheese really does make a difference.

  5. says

    Yummy meal, no wonder they loved it! We don’t eat beef in our house, but we could make this minus that and it would still be delish!

  6. Sandra VanHoey says

    I am going to try this one. Seeing the cottage cheese in it made me want to try it even more. I love it in our lasagna and would love it with this.

  7. says

    Interesting use of cottage cheese! I bet it tastes great, but I had a run in with bad cottage cheese about 20 years ago and haven’t been able to eat it since. :(

  8. Sandy Cain says

    This looks really good! How nice that it doesn’t include the same tiresome condensed soup! The only change I would make would be to add some sauteed baby portobellos to this (just cause I’m a mushroom fan!).

  9. angela higdon says

    Looks good! I love using sour cream in cooking and in baking. It does WONDERS in chocolate baked goods!

  10. says

    This looks really good. I really like a beef or hamburger casserole that has a good flavor and noodles. I’m not a fan of cottage cheese in anything, except by itself, but with the cheddar, it might not be too bad. Thanks for the recipe and I’m looking forward to more of them.

  11. Shannon says

    This sure does look like a crowd pleaser. It would be easy to make vegetarian with Boca or Morningstar crumbles. Thank you for sharing.

  12. Linda Meyers-Gabbard says

    This sounds so good and looks absolutely yummy. I love casseroled that are easy to make. It could be made a little different too. Use spaghetti sauce instead of tomato sauce it would be like a lasagna casserole.

    Add a pack of taco seasoning to the ground chuck. Taco casserole.

  13. Julie Wood says

    My family will go nuts over having this delicious easy and cheesy beef Noodle meal. I am going to make this and it is a dish that is a classic that I can enjoy making over and over!!

  14. saminder gumer says

    this looks really good and fairly easy and quick to make. i will try it out with the family to see how it goes. i can make it when i get home from work and it will be ready for dinner time. thanks.

  15. Taylor Allen says

    My wife would love this! Thanks for sharing, I’ll give it a try one night soon and let you know how it turns out!

  16. M.Clark says

    This looks delicious, but I would make it with something other than beef, maybe chicken or turkey. Thank you for sharing this recipe.

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