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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 - A Family Feast

Hamburger Cheese Bake

  • Prep Time: 15 mins
  • Cook Time: 45 mins
  • Total Time: 1 hour
  • Yield: 8 servings


  • 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


  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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  • Renee – Kudos Kitchen wrote:

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

    • Martha wrote:

      Thanks Renee!

  • Heather | girlichef wrote:

    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!

  • kellie @ The Suburban Soapbox wrote:

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

  • Jennifer wrote:

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

    • Martha wrote:

      Thanks Jennifer! (I’m sure it will be especially delicious with CAB!) 🙂

      • Jennifer wrote:

        It was delicious … the kids ate third helpings! Thanks for the recipe 🙂

        • Martha wrote:

          So glad you all liked the recipe Jennifer!

  • Katie wrote:

    Oh this looks so good and comforting!

  • linda r wrote:

    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.

    • Martha wrote:

      Oh – how bittersweet Linda! I hope our version of the recipe does her memory justice! Thank you for writing to us and I hope you enjoy the recipe!

  • The Food Hunter wrote:

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

    • Martha wrote:

      Me too Theresa – It’s been wonderful to relive some nice memories by cooking our way through my mother’s recipe box!

  • Angie wrote:

    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!

  • Cookin Canuck wrote:

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

    • Martha wrote:

      Thanks Dara!

  • Sam wrote:

    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!

    • Martha wrote:

      Thanks Sam! We’re in the same boat – so much shoveling! Hope you enjoy the recipe!

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