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Simple and Easy Ground Beef Casserole

Ground beef casserole is creamy, cheesy, and super easy to make. We are talking hearty and fulfilling. Comfort food at its best. Like stick to your ribs with a nice pat on a full belly. A smile on your face…

This is the sort of meal that makes you feel like you worked a fulfilling hard day. But it is the sort of casserole that isn’t hard to make at all and leave you with a full feeling!

spoon of casserole with cheese pulling

Super Easy And Quick Ground Beef Casserole

Also known as beef noodle casserole, it has all the beefy flavor of a great beef stew, but cooked in a casserole sized baking dish. It tastes like you worked hard on it for the last three days. But truth be told, you can actually get this on the table within about 40 minutes.

We aren’t talking slaving over a hot stove or tons of prep either. You essentially brown some ground beef, and boil some wide egg noodles to al dente, then mix with the other ingredients in a casserole dish. Pop it in the oven and twenty minutes later then food is on the table.

This Ground Beef Casserole Recipe will become your new favorite dish!

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ingredients in bowls

Ingredients Needed

  • Ground beef
  • Cream of onion and cream of chicken soup (Cream of Mushroom soup also works if you like mushrooms)
  • Wide egg noodles
  • Grated cheese (I suggest Jack but a blend of Jack and Cheddar works great too)
  • Tomato sauce
  • Onion
  • Olive Oil
  • Garlic powder
  • Sour cream

How to make Ground Beef Casserole

  1. Preheat oven to 350F and spray a 9×13 pan with nonstick spray.
  2. Cook noodles until al dente and drain.
  3. In a large skillet, cook the ground beef and onions with the olive oil until onions are soft and ground beef no longer pink.
  4. In a large bowl, combine the cooked ground beef, onions, cream soups, garlic powder, pepper, ½ cup cheese, and tomato sauce. Pour into the prepared casserole dish.
  5. Top with remaining cheese. Cover with foil and bake for 20 minutes.
  6. Remove the foil and bake uncovered for another 5-10 minutes or until the edges are bubbly and the cheese is melted.
baked beef noodle casserole with a scoop missing

Like all great simple dishes, knowing a few simple tricks gets the best results. It isn’t like you need to overthink a beef and noodle casserole, but perfection is within easy reach.

How To Prevent Mushy Noodles

When you prep the noodles, then be sure to undercook them just a wee bit. Cooking the noodles al dente lets them retain some texture. Yes, the noodles will finish cooking during the bake time. So don’t worry. No one is going to complain about crunchy noodles either.

Can I Use Other Types Of Cheese In A Ground Beef Casserole?

If you don’t have Monterey Jack cheese handy, or just prefer a cheese that has a bit more tang, then try a sharp cheddar instead. You can also go with any of the more mild flavored cheeses as well. If you are feeling particularly tangy and wild, then crumble in a bit of blue cheese with the jack cheese.

Cheeses melt differently though, so if you use something like mozzarella, then try blending it with shredded cheddar cheese or shredded jack. Otherwise you might feel like you are eating a brick of heavy cheese.

How Do I Store The Leftovers?

Use an airtight lidded container, glass or plastic, to store in the refrigerator or the freezer. You can keep it in the fridge for about 4 days. In the freezer, then it is ok for about 30 to 45 days. However, if you do freeze it, then the texture of the noodles won’t be quite as good as when you cooked it.

No worries though, the leftovers are actually out of this world!

How Do I Reheat Leftover Ground Beef Casserole?

  • In a microwave, blast on medium high for 60 to 90 seconds if it is unfrozen. For frozen leftovers, then use a microwave safe dish and do it on medium high for 3 minutes. Turn it 90 degrees and check how warm it is, then go another 3 to 4 minutes. The time depends mostly on how big a piece you are reheating.
  • In an oven, preheat the oven to 300 degrees, then put it in for about 7 to 10 minutes for unfrozen, and 15 to 20 minutes if you are starting with a frozen piece.
  • You can also reheat your beef casserole in a skillet. Use medium heat and cover, then let it heat for about 10 minutes.
wood spoon with scoop of casserole

Best Casserole Tips

  • Always spray your casserole dish first with a non-stick spray or brush with cooking oil. This helps you most when it is time to clean up the dish afterwards.
  • You can cover for the first 15 minutes with foil, but then take off the foil and let that melted cheese turn into a nice melted cheese crust over the top.
  • Garnish with a bit of chopped parsley and or chopped green onions to add a bit of herbal zest and sprinkle of color.
  • Serve with some sour cream and hot sauce on the side too.
  • If you don’t have a 9×13 inch casserole dish handy, then you can use a 10″ cast iron skillet as well. Any pan that offers about two inches of depth and safe to put in the oven is ok.

If you love this recipe as much as I do, pin this to your favorite casserole Pinterest board and share it on your favorite social media channels!

scoop of casserole with text "ground beef noodle"

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Yield: 12 servings

Ground Beef Casserole

Close up of beef and noodle casserole garnished with parsley

Ground beef casserole is creamy, cheesy, and super easy to make.

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes

Ingredients

  • 12 ounces wide egg noodles
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 ½ cup onion, diced small
  • 1 can cream of chicken soup
  • 1 can cream of onion soup
  • ½ cup sour cream
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • ½ teaspoon pepper
  • ½ cup tomato sauce
  • 2 cups Monterey jack cheese, shredded
  • parsley for garnish

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350F.
  2. Spray a 9x13 oven safe baking dish with nonstick spray.
  3. Cook noodles until al dente and drain.
  4. In a large skillet, cook the ground beef and onions with the olive oil.
  5. Cook until onions are soft and ground beef no longer pink.
  6. Drain the fat if desired.
  7. In a large bowl, combine the cooked ground beef, onions, both cream soups, cooked egg noodles, garlic powder, pepper, ½ cup cheese, and tomato sauce.
  8. Pour into the prepared casserole dish.
  9. Top with remaining cheese.
  10. Cover with foil and bake for 20 minutes.
  11. Remove the foil and bake for another 5-10 minutes or until the edges are bubbly and the cheese is melted.
  12. Remove from the oven and serve warm.

Notes

    • I found that spraying the foil with nonstick spray before putting on the casserole dish. This way the cheese doesn’t stick to it when it melts and it doesn’t get pulled off when you remove the foil.
    • Always spray your casserole dish first with a non-stick spray or brush with cooking oil. This helps you most when it is time to clean up the dish afterwards.
    • You can cover for the first 15 minutes with foil, but then take off the foil and let that melted cheese turn into a nice melted cheese crust over the top.
    • Garnish with a bit of chopped parsley and or chopped green onions to add a bit of herbal zest and sprinkle of color.
    • Serve with some sour cream and hot sauce on the side too.
    • If you don't have a 9x13 inch casserole dish handy, then you can use a 10" cast iron skillet as well. Any pan that offers about two inches of depth and safe to put in the oven is ok.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

12

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 307Total Fat: 19gSaturated Fat: 8gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 8gCholesterol: 70mgSodium: 611mgCarbohydrates: 16gFiber: 1gSugar: 3gProtein: 18g

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