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Beef Noodle Casserole

Loaded with gooey, melted cheddar cheese, juicy ground beef, and a rich tomato sauce, this beef noodle casserole is a protein-packed comfort meal that’s easy to make. The creamy sauce coats the tender egg noodles, and the Italian seasoning gives this casserole endless flavor.

A spoon removing a corner of beef noodle casserole from a dish


I’m a huge fan of easy and delicious dinners that are full of protein. And that’s exactly what this quick and easy beef noodle casserole dish is. With soft egg noodles, moist ground beef, a rich and creamy tomato and sour cream sauce, and melty cheese, this recipe has it all. It’s the perfect comfort meal when it’s cold outside.

The secret to this egg noodle casserole is a healthy dose of Italian seasoning, which adds a bright and herbaceous flavor to the rich, hearty, and meaty dinner. With tons of fresh garlic and onions, plus a bunch of tomato sauce, this cozy and protein-packed dinner is a recipe you’ve got to try making. 

Why You’ll Love This Ground Beef Casserole

I make this beefy and cheesy casserole dish all the time. Here’s why I know you’ll love it.

  • Easy to make. This is such a simple recipe to cook. It uses basic ingredients that you probably already have in your fridge and pantry, and takes just 45 minutes to make. The recipe is super straightforward, so you can easily make it on a weekday when you get home from work.
  • So comforting. I make this recipe whenever I need a comfort meal on a cold day. It’s packed with so many ingredients that will make you feel cozy, like melted cheddar cheese, browned ground beef, classic seasonings, and tender egg noodles. This is the perfect recipe to nourish the body and the soul.
  • Very affordable. This beef noodle casserole recipe is so filling and loaded with protein, but it’s also really cheap to make. It only uses staple household ingredients, and they’re all super affordable. This is the perfect recipe when you need a comforting and delicious recipe that’s filled with protein, but won’t break the bank.
Overhead view of the ingredients needed for beef noodle casserole: a bowl of ground beef, a bowl of shredded cheese, a bowl of sour cream, a bowl of onions, a bowl of pepper, a bowl of garlic, a bowl of Italian seasoning, a jar of tomatoes, a jar of tomato sauce, some scattered egg noodles, and salt and pepper grinders

Ingredients Needed

Here are all the ingredients that you’ll need to make this hearty and rich ground beef and cheese egg noodle casserole. Scroll to the recipe card at the end of the article for the exact amounts of each ingredient.

  • Egg noodles
  • Ground beef – For best results, use lean ground beef.
  • Onion – I use a yellow onion for this recipe, but you can use a white or red onion if you want.
  • Garlic
  • Italian seasoning
  • Salt
  • Black pepper – Always use freshly cracked pepper. 
  • Petit diced tomatoes
  • Tomato sauce
  • Sour cream
  • Shredded cheddar cheese 

How to Make Beef Noodle Casserole

Here’s how to make this easy, hearty, and delicious egg noodle casserole in just 45 minutes. It’s such a simple recipe!

  • Prep. Preheat the oven to 350F.
  • Cook the noodles. Bring a pot of water to a boil, and then add the egg noodles. Cook for about 3 fewer minutes than the package suggests, then drain.
  • Brown the beef. Add the ground beef and onions to a skillet, and cook until the meat is cooked throughout and the onions are tender.
  • Add the garlic. Put the garlic into the skillet and stir. Cook until the mixture becomes very fragrant, about 1 minute.
  • Season. Add the tomatoes, tomato sauce, Italian seasoning, salt, and pepper, and stir until the ingredients are well combined. Simmer the sauce for 2-3 minutes.
  • Add the rest of the ingredients. Put the noodles, sour cream, and most of the shredded cheese in the skillet, and stir to combine. 
  • Bake. Pour the mixture into a 9×13-inch baking dish. Add the rest of the cheese on top, and bake until hot and bubbling, about 20 minutes. Serve hot. 

Tips, Tricks, and Variations

Here are a few tricks for you to use when making this hearty and comforting beef noodle casserole.

  • Make your own seasoning. I love to make my own seasonings and spice blends. They have so much more flavor than the kind you buy at the store, and they’re so easy and cheap to make. If you want to take this ground beef casserole to the next recipe, try using homemade Italian Seasoning.
  • Really brown the beef. The best way to get flavor into juicy ground beef is to get some good color on it. Make sure you really brown the beef so that you can maximize all the savory and meaty flavors. Don’t be afraid to cook the meat at a pretty high temperature.
  • Make it spicy. Some people like their beef noodle casserole to have some kick to it. If you like spicy food, you can add some chili flakes with the rest of the seasonings. 
  • Cook the noodles al dente. Make sure that you cook the egg noodles for about 3 minutes less than the package suggests. Because you’re then going to cook the noodles in the oven, you want them a little bit undercooked, or else they’ll get mushy when you bake the casserole. 
  • Use turkey. I make this recipe with ground beef because it’s so rich, meaty, and hearty. But if you want a healthier option, feel free to cook this casserole recipe with ground turkey instead.
Overhead view of a casserole dish full of beef noodle casserole

What to Serve With Hamburger Noodle Casserole

This comforting beef noodle casserole is rich, hearty, and loaded with cheese and beef. Because of that, it’s best served alongside some fresh and bright veggie side dishes. Here are a few of my favorites. 

How to Store and Reheat Leftovers

Leftover hearty beef noodle casserole can be stored in an airtight container in the fridge for 3 days. Reheat in a 350F oven for 15 minutes, or in the microwave in 30-second increments.

Can You Freeze Beef Noodle Casserole?

This is a great recipe to freeze so that you can have easy, rich, and protein-filled meals all year long. Just make sure the hamburger casserole is fully cooled, then store it in an airtight container in the freezer for 6 months. Thaw overnight in the fridge before reheating. 

The corner of a casserole dish filled with beef noodle casserole, with a serving spoon

More Easy Casserole Recipes

I love to make casseroles. They’re so easy, comforting, delicious, and hearty. Here are a few of my other favorite casserole recipes for you to try out.

Yield: 6 servings

Beef Noodle Casserole

Close up of a slice of beef noodle casserole being removed from a dish

This hearty and protein-packed beef noodle casserole is the ultimate comfort food. The meat is juicy, the sauce is rich, creamy, and packed with spices, and the easy casserole is loaded with melted cheese.

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes


  • 12 oz egg noodles
  • 1 pound lean ground beef
  • 1 small onion, finely chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 teaspoons Italian seasoning
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 (15 oz) can petit diced tomatoes
  • 1 (15 oz) can tomato sauce
  • 3/4 cup sour cream
  • 1 1/2 cup cheddar cheese, shredded and divided


  1. Preheat your oven to 350F.
  2. Bring a pot of water to a boil, and add the egg noodles. Cook the noodles for about 3 minutes shorter than the package says to, then drain.
  3. In a large skillet, brown the ground beef with the onions until the meat is cooked throughout, and the onions are soft.
  4. Add the garlic and cook until fragrant, about 1 minute.
  5. Stir in the canned tomatoes, tomato sauce, salt, pepper, and Italian seasoning, then simmer for 2-3 minutes.
  6. Add the noodles, sour cream, and 1 cup of the shredded cheese to the mixture, and stir to combine.
  7. Pour the mixture into a 9x13-inch casserole dish. Sprinkle the remaining 1/2 cup of cheese over the top.
  8. Bake until the casserole is hot and bubbly, about 20 minutes.
  9. Serve hot.


  • Store leftovers in an airtight container in the fridge for 3 days, or in the freezer for 6 months.
  • Reheat in a 350F oven for 15 minutes, or in the microwave in 30-second increments.
  • For best results, make your own Italian Seasoning.

Nutrition Information



Serving Size


Amount Per Serving Calories 442Total Fat 25gSaturated Fat 12gTrans Fat 1gUnsaturated Fat 9gCholesterol 129mgSodium 748mgCarbohydrates 21gFiber 2gSugar 3gProtein 32g

Nutrition Disclaimer: All information presented on this site is intended for informational purposes only. I am not a certified nutritionist and any nutritional information shared on should only be used as a general guideline.

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Katerina Petrovska

Saturday 28th of October 2023

I love this! Such a hearty and delicious meal!


Friday 27th of October 2023

This looks like a perfect comfort food meal!


Friday 27th of October 2023

This stuff is so good. SO GOOD. This is everything Hamburger Helper wanted to be, but it just couldn't quite get there. LOL


Monday 14th of November 2022

Could this be adapted for the Instant Pot?

Erin S

Monday 14th of November 2022

It might be, but I am honestly not sure where to start. I don't often cook pasta in the Instant Pot. If you wanted to go that route, I might try searching a similar recipe for the concept and then use these ingredients.


Wednesday 26th of February 2020

Can you make this without the sour cream?

Erin S

Wednesday 26th of February 2020

I have not tested the recipe this way, so I can't guarantee how it will turn out. I think you can leave it out, but it will not come together as well and be as creamy. The sour cream helps keep everything together.

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