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. This Beef Noodle Casserole looks delicious. I’m going to be making this for my family next week. Thank you for the recipe.

  2. I would never have thought of putting cottage cheese in it. I’m not a fan of cottage cheese, but ricotta cheese I could do.

  3. 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.

  4. Yes, I had to save this recipe! Looks delicious!

  5. No wonder everyone was happy. It looks absolutely delicious!

  6. That looks delicious. I’m not one to make casseroles often, but this would be a treat.

  7. What an amazing looking casserole. I’m going to pin this to try later. Thanks for sharing with us.

  8. This sounds like a recipe my family would enjoy. I am always looking for new dinner ideas.

  9. That’s fairly similar to a dish I make, but I have never tried it with sour cream. I am going to have to give it a try!

  10. This looks so simple, and casseroles are such great meals for families. I’ll have to try it out and see how my books like it.

  11. 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.

  12. My love for sour cream has grown over the years! I LOVE it in casseroles and burritos and just about everything!

  13. This looks so tasty! I’ll have to try it with some GF noodles.

  14. Oh yes, that looks really yummy. I’m pretty sure we could devour that entire pot here at my house. Thanks for sharing the recipe.

  15. Your casserole looks delicious! I love making casseroles for dinner, they are so easy!

  16. I am not a casserole person but this looks like a delicious meal. I think I have to give this a try.

  17. Cheese dishes that have a little tang make me very happy. :) This looks delish!

  18. Oh, this sounds good! I love the addition of a bit of tangy taste!

  19. This looks really good. We have cut back on pasta and don’t eat it much, but when we do I will have to try this out!

  20. We eat something very similar to this often. It’s one of our favorites. :) Yours looks delicious and kind of makes me want to have it for dinner tonight.

  21. It looks really cheesy.

  22. That looks great. I can picture serving that with a side of either green beans or broccoli.

  23. That looks really good! Seems like a quick and easy dinner idea.

  24. Sounds so good! We use a lot of the same ingredients in our famous homemade mac-n-cheese, so I know we’ll love this too.

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

  26. This looks absolutely delicious. I make a recipe that is similar however I use cream cheese instead of the cottage cheese and sour cream! It’s a family favorite!

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

  28. Reminds me of a dish my mom made when I was growing up. I’m going to make it this weekend. Yum

  29. This looks really good. I’m not a fan of “cream of” soups, so I definitely would try this.

  30. 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!

  31. I love sour cream and cottage cheese! I never would have thought to combine the two for a pasta dish like this. It sounds wonderful!

  32. Can I have some? This looks absolutely delicious!

  33. Looks delicious! The kids would love it, adding this to a practice night dinner plan.

  34. This looks good and cheesy and easy, I’m sure my kids would love it, too! Will have to prepare this soon.

  35. 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.

  36. 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. :(

  37. This look so delicious. I can see why it was a hit.

  38. JJ Caraway says:

    This recipe looks great and can’t wait to try it out. Thanks for sharing, going to pin it.

  39. 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!).

  40. angela higdon says:

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

  41. That looks delicious. I began grating my own cheese this past year and am definitely hooked. I won’t go back now.

  42. That casserole looks delicious! I bet my kiddos would like it.

  43. The cottage cheese wouldn’t fly in my home with my picky eaters, but I wonder if you could use ricotta to substitute for that?

  44. A perfect dish for the family! They are picky eaters. lol

  45. This looks so good. I bet even my picky eaters would enjoy this dish.

  46. This is good old comfort food, and I could really go for a plateful right now.

  47. This looks delicious! I bet the sour cream / cottage cheese blend really added a good flavor.

  48. That sounds like the perfect after work meal! Yummy!

  49. Oh that looks so good :D Way better than the taco hot pocket I’m suffering with right now…

  50. Oh man my husband would love this. He loves casseroles but i rarely make them.

  51. Looks great I would not have thought it had sour cream.

  52. 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.

  53. I don’t do beef or tuna, but this looks amazing!

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

  55. 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.

  56. This sounds good! I’d leave out the chives because I don’t like them, but otherwise good. I may have to give it a try!

  57. looks like a keeper for this family love any casserole

  58. 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!!

  59. 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.

  60. 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!

  61. 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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