Looking for an easy casserole recipe with egg noodles and ground beef? Try my Cheesy Ground Beef Noodle Casserole for an easy, creamy, and delicious dinner recipe this week!
These days I’m all about easy dinners that come together quick with just a few simple ingredients, and that’s one reason I love simple casseroles.
Today’s recipe is one of my family’s favorites – Cheesy Ground Beef Noodle Casserole and it’s a delicious meal that is so easy to prepare.
This easy ground beef casserole is made with egg noodles, ground beef, tomato spaghetti sauce, simple seasonings, mozzarella cheese, and cheddar cheese, and can even be prepped ahead of time until you’re ready to bake.
Why You’ll Love Cheesy Ground Beef Noodle Casserole
Here’s just a few of the reasons you’ll absolutely love this delicious ground beef noodle casserole.
It’s cheesy, creamy, and SO delicious!
It’s an easy pasta meal that comes together quick with just a few simple ingredients.
It can easily be prepped ahead in the morning or the night before, and bakes in just 10-15 minutes time!
Freezer-friendly and great for making for large gatherings.
Ground Beef Noodle Casserole Recipe
Ingredients For Ground Beef Casserole with Noodles:
Ground Beef – I recommend using a lean ground beef such as 85/15 or 90/10.
Noodles – I like to use egg noodles for this recipe, but you can also use other types of pasta such as elbow macaroni, shells, rotini, or farfalle, if preferred.
Seasonings – Onion powder, salt, pepper, and Italian seasoning are my favorite seasonings to use in this dish.
Spaghetti Sauce – use any kind of spaghetti sauce, marinara sauce, or tomato based sauce you love. Our favorite brand is Mezzetti.
Cheese – You’ll need both shredded mozzarella and shredded cheddar cheese. I recommend grating your own cheese fresh for the best flavor/result.
Kitchen Tools Needed:
Ground Beef Noodle Casserole Tips:
Below you’ll find some of my best tips for preparing the best ground beef and noodle casserole.
Don’t overcook the noodles: Cook the pasta 1 minute less than al dente. The noodles will still cook in the oven and you want to avoid them becoming mushy from overcooking them.
Use freshly shredded cheese: I know the pre-shredded cheese is tempting if you’re in a hurry, but it only takes a few minutes to use a block grater and shred your cheese fresh. It tastes WAY better and melts better for a more creamy casserole.
Add fresh herbs or veggies: If you don’t have picky eaters, feel free to ramp up the flavor with fresh herbs or your favorite veggies. Diced onion, chopped spinach, peppers, or mushrooms would all be delicious additions.
Try my Cheesy Ground Beef Noodle Casserole for a delicious, creamy, and easy recipe with egg noodles, ground beef, and tomato sauce. This easy ground beef casserole is the perfect choice for a simple dinner and can be prepared in less than 30 minutes!
8oz uncooked egg noodles (this will be about 3/4 bag of a 12 oz bag)
2pounds lean ground beef
1 tbsp minced garlic
2 tsp onion powder
1 tsp Italian seasoning
3/4 tsp salt
1/2 tsp pepper
1 24oz jar spaghetti sauce (use an extra 1/2 jar if you like it saucier)
1cup shredded mozzarella cheese, divided
1cup shredded cheddar cheese, divided
Preheat oven to 375 degrees F and spray 13×9 baking dish with non-stick cooking spray.
Prepare noodles on the stovetop, cooking for 1-2 minutes less than al dente.
While noodles are cooking, brown the ground beef in a large non-stick pan over medium-high heat, until fully cooked. Drain away grease and place hamburger meat back in pan.
Add minced garlic, onion powder, salt, pepper, and Italian seasoning and stir until combined.
Next, stir in spaghetti sauce. If you like your pasta saucier, I recommend adding an additional 1/2 jar.
Lastly, add in 1/2 cup each of shredded mozzarella cheese and shredded cheddar cheese and stir until the cheese has slightly melted. Remove from heat.
Drain egg noodles and pour into the prepared casserole dish. Next pour in the ground beef mixture and stir until evenly combined.
Top with remaining shredded mozzarella cheese and shredded cheddar cheese.
Bake in the oven uncovered for 10-15 minutes, or until the cheese has fully melted.
Cover and store any leftover ground beef casserole in the fridge for up to 5 days total. You can also transfer it to an airtight container and refrigerate, if preferred.
To freeze, let casserole cool completely and place in a freezer safe Ziploc bag or container for up to 3 months. Let thaw in the fridge and reheat in the microwave until warm.
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I hope you enjoyed today’s Cheesy Ground Beef Noodle Casserole Recipe! Do you love making casseroles too? Let me know in the comments below!