Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Table for Two - Hamburger Noodle Bake

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
Dash pepper
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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mia xara said...

Hi Mary, this is excellent comfort food, looks really good! I hope that all the preparations for your move will go as planned! Have a good week,XO

Jessica Jarrell said...

Husband-food, if I ever saw any. I think mine would gobble this up in no time :) I think I'm going to have to make it for him!

Unknown said...

This does sound like the perfect comforting meal to fill you up after a long day of working outside!! Heck, it sounds like the perfect way to fill you up no matter what you've been doing all day :)

Kim said...

Looks like the perfect meal for this time of year, Mary:) Hope everything is going to be fine for you:)

Big Dude said...

I'm not convinced you should be depriving the new owners of the joy of cleaning off the hillside :-). I love this type of dish.

Cheri Savory Spoon said...

Sounds creamy and delicious! good luck on your move. You seem like a very organized person, the move should be fine.

David said...

Mary, Looks good to me. I'd add a bit more cheese and some cracked red peppers. Making right size meals for 2 can be a challenge...but fortunately I like leftovers! Take Care, Big Daddy Dave

JG said...

After working outside this would be so yummy! Getting your items packed + also yard work certainly requires a hearty dinner.

Grandma Carol said...

I made this last night for supper. So yummy!

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