From the kitchen of One Perfect Bite...This simple casserole is perfect for two hungry people, especially if they have healthy appetites. The Silver Fox and I spent most of the day doing a final clean-up of the hillside before our scheduled move at the end of the month. If anything else falls from the trees, we're going to consider it an act of God and let the new owners address the issue. Working on the hillside is hard work and we were really hungry when we called it a day. This casserole, which comes courtesy of Taste of Home magazine, came to mind because it is filling and easy to make and, more importantly, right-sized for two people. I'm posting the recipe as it first appeared in the magazine, but feel free to season the casserole to suit your own taste. Obviously, the type of cheese and its quantity is also up to you. I usually add a healthy quantity of freshly cracked pepper to the dish and I omit the sugar because I find it oddly out of place in this casserole. If you are looking for recipes designed to feed a couple, I think you might want to add this one to your collection. Here is how this simple dish is made.
Hamburger Noodle Bake...from the kitchen of One Perfect Bite courtesy of Taste of Home magazine
2 cups uncooked egg noodles
1/2 pound lean ground beef
2 tablespoons finely chopped onion
1 can (8 ounces) tomato sauce
1/4 teaspoon sugar (optional)
1/8 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon garlic salt
1/4 cup cream-style cottage cheese
2 ounces cream cheese, softened
1 tablespoon thinly sliced green onion
1 tablespoon chopped green pepper
1 tablespoon sour cream
2 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese
1) Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Coat a 1-quart baking dish with non-stick cooking spray.
2) Cook noodles according to package directions. Meanwhile, in a large skillet, cook beef and onion until meat is no longer pink. drain. Remove from heat and stir in the tomato sauce, sugar, salt, garlic salt and pepper.
3) In a small bowl, combine cottage cheese, cream cheese, green onion, green pepper and sour cream.
4) Drain noodles. Place half of noodles into prepared baking dish. Spoon half of beef mixture over top. Layer with cottage cheese mixture and remaining noodles. Top with remaining beef mixture and sprinkle with Parmesan cheese.
Cover and bake for 20-25 minutes or until heated through. Yield: 2 servings.
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