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Hamburger Cheese Bake

Hamburger Cheese Bake - A Family Feast

If you’re like me – the taste and flavors of some recipes can send you back in time! This Hamburger Cheese Bake is the perfect example of a long-forgotten dish that my mother used to make – but one taste, and I’m a little kid back at home!

There’s nothing fancy at all about this comforting, family-friendly dish – egg noodles, tomato sauce, ground beef, onions, green bell pepper and scallions, plus a combination of cottage cheese, sour cream, cream cheese and Parmesan cheese – all layered together, then baked in the oven.

Hamburger Cheese Bake - A Family Feast

But the slightly tart flavor from the combination of sour cream and cream cheese in the sauce, plus the freshness of the scallions and green bell pepper is distinctive in this dish – and as soon as I took I bite I remembered this recipe from my childhood!

Hamburger Cheese Bake - A Family Feast

For those of you who are regulars readers here at A Family Feast , you already know that Jack and I have been pouring through my mother’s old recipe box over the last few months – and it is filled with magazine and newspaper recipe clippings and some handwritten recipe cards. This Hamburger Cheese Bake is another recipe from her collection. After a little bit of research, I was able trace this recipe back to Better Homes and Gardens and we adapted it slightly – using tomato sauce in our version instead of tomato juice for a thicker sauce.

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Hamburger Cheese Bake

Hamburger Cheese Bake - A Family Feast
  • Prep Time: 15 mins
  • Cook Time: 45 mins
  • Total Time: 1 hour
  • Yield: 8 servings

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 pound 80/20 ground beef
  • ½ cup chopped onion
  • 2 cups prepared tomato sauce
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • ¼ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ¼ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 4 cups uncooked egg noodles (any size)
  • 1 cup cottage cheese
  • 8 ounces softened cream cheese
  • ¼ cup sour cream
  • 1/3 cup chopped scallions, tops and bottoms
  • ¼ cup green bell pepper chopped
  • ½ cup Parmesan cheese, grated

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. In a large skillet, brown beef and chopped onion in olive oil. Drain off fat and discard.
  3. Add tomato sauce, sugar, salt, garlic powder and black pepper, mix then remove from heat. Set aside.
  4. Cook egg noodles to just under al dente. Drain and set aside.
  5. While noodles are cooking, in a large bowl mix cottage cheese, cream cheese, sour cream, scallions and bell pepper. Mix to combine.
  6. In a 2-quart rectangular casserole dish (ours was 11x7x1½ inches in size), spread half the noodles. Top with half the beef sauce. Cover with all of the cheese mixture. Cover with remaining noodles and remaining beef sauce then top with Parmesan cheese.
  7. Bake uncovered for 30 minutes and serve.

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  1. This was the first thing I saw on my news feed this morning. Now I’m going to spend all day thinking about it!

    Looks great. Quick and comforting – I can’t wait to try this when I come in from shoveling snow for the umpteenth time tonight!

  2. This definitely looks like a dish straight from my childhood…and that’s a very good thing. This would be the ultimate comfort food.

  3. What a perfect pasta dish for a busy weeknight! It’s so much fun making family recipes too. It always makes us feel so good inside!

  4. I love when a recipe has the power to take me back to my childhood.

  5. I have a recipe much like this from a dear friend I lost several years ago. The minute I saw your post, I thought of her. Just returned from the market with ingredients to make your version.

  6. Oh this looks so good and comforting!

  7. Mmm – perfect Saturday snowstorm dish! I have ground beef thawing now. Thanks!

  8. This is definitely one my family (and readers) will love! Pinning!

  9. I can almost taste the creamy and the tangy…mmmm. This reminds me of something I grew up with, too – looks like comfort food to me!

  10. Martha, this recipe looks delicious and creamy. Love the meat sauce and egg noodles. As always your photos are remarkable!

  11. Hello deliciousness! My friends mom used to make something similar and I couldn’t help but gobble it up. This looks so good!

  12. Well this was another big hit. Followed the recipe except i used the jalepeno cream cheese ( here in new mexico we add that to everything!). It was creamy and very tasty. A complete meal with a side salad.
    I look forward to your post every day, and try new recipies every week.

    • Thanks so much Lee! And I love your idea of using the jalepeno cream cheese – we’re going to use that the next time we make this recipe! Thanks for writing to us and have a great day!

  13. This is a recipe I have had for years and love it. The only thing I never did was use the jalepeno cream cheese. My friends would like that. Thanks

  14. Made this last nite. Man was it GOOD!!! Made no changes. This IS comfort food. Thank You So Much for the recipe.

  15. That settles it! This is what I’m making for dinner tonight. Talk about comfort food!

  16. Typing with a full and happy tummy. Made this for dinner for the family tonight. It was very delicious and comforting. My young picky eaters enjoyed it too. It was like a yummy cross between a macaroni beef and baked ziti. Creamy cheesy perfection! I was out of tomato sauce so I blended up some stewed tomatoes as a substitute and that worked great in a pinch. Really enjoyed your recipe. I grew up on casseroles, so I love them. This is a great weeknight dinner! I don’t repeat many recipes, but I will be making this again since it was so easy to throw together.

  17. Looks like comfort food to me. I have marked this for later use! Thanks for the post.

    The Old Fat Guy

  18. Looks exactly like Pioneer Woman’s recipe – everything bug the green pepper. Quantities and ingredients are the same.

    • Thanks for letting us know Cindy! If hers is also an old family recipe, I suspect both of our mothers must have copied it out of the same magazine back in the 1970’s or 80’s!

  19. Just stopping in to let you know I made this dish this weekend. As it was heating in the oven all five of us were like “oh my gosh does that smell good”. And it was delicious. I made it in the afternoon then I refrigerated it and took it too the gathering and baked it. It’s gone between five of us. This is a keeper for sure. I did add some sausage to it but other then that I followed the recipe. I will be making this again. I also used some home style style noodles that were dried and purchased in a plastic bag from the market. Little more costly then the regular brand but we really liked them. Thank you for a great recipe. Andi.