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Sunday, December 8, 2013

Comforting Beef Casserole with Homestyle Egg Noodles and Colby-Jack Cheese

With the hustle and bustle of all the holidays, coupled with the cold weather, you want an easy, hearty warm dish to prepare for dinner.   You're kinda over the turkey (at least for the moment) and ready for a little beef...

Between all the holiday fare, you and your family will love this uncomplicated and comforting, cheesy beef casserole made with homestyle egg noodles! 

                                             Nice To Come Home To...
                       And So Easy...Give It To The Teenagers To Prepare!                                         

As adapted from Beef and Cheddar Noodle Casserole Recipe
Serves approx. 6

  • Non-stick cooking spray
  • Salt, to taste, for boiling the noodles, plus 1/2 tsp. table salt, divided, for the casserole
  • 3 c. (about 5 oz.) extra wide egg noodles (I used Mueller's Hearty Homestyle Egg Noodles.)
  • freshly ground black pepper to taste for the noodles
  • 1 1/2 c. sour cream (I used light.)
  • 1/2 c. freshly grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 TB extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 lb ground beef chuck (To achieve chunky pieces of meat, I used ground beef chuck ground for chili.)
  • 1 red bell pepper, cleaned, seeded and medium chopped
  • 1 bunch scallions, cleaned and finely chopped (white and green parts)
  • 1 ea. 13.25 oz can, drained, bits and pieces (or equivalent can sliced) mushrooms or 8 oz fresh, cleaned and sliced mushrooms
  • 1 TB tomato paste
  • 1 tsp. Italian seasoning
  • 1/ea. 14 1/2 oz. can petite diced tomatoes (do not drain)
  • 2 c. grated Colby-Jack cheese

                                        Why Katie, This Is So Good...
                              Maybe I Should Let You Cook Every Night!

  1. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil and add the noodles...cook until al dente according to package directions.  Drain the noodles and return to the pot.  Sprinkle the noodles with freshly ground black pepper to taste and toss with the sour cream, Parmesan cheese and 1/4 tsp. table salt.  Set aside.
  2. Spray an 8" x 11 1/2" x 2" (2 qt.) baking dish with the cooking spray.
  3. Spread the noodle mixture into the baking dish.
  4. Preheat the oven to 400º.
  5. Heat the olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat.
  6. Add the ground beef and cook, stirring and breaking up with a fork, until no longer pink, about 5 minutes.
  7. Add the bell pepper, scallions and mushrooms, stirring and cooking until crisp tender, about 3 minutes.
  8. Mix in the tomato paste and cook for a minute.
  9. Sprinkle with the Italian seasoning and 1/4 tsp. table salt. 
  10. Stir in the tomatoes and bring to a simmer.
  11. Cook and stir until slightly thickened, about 3 minutes.
  12. Distribute the beef mixture over the noodles in the baking dish and sprinkle with the grated cheese.
  13. Bake on the middle rack of the oven until the cheese is melted and the edges are bubbly...about 15-20 minutes. (My casserole was ready in 15 minutes.) 
  14. Let stand about 10 minutes before serving.

Enjoy your warm and cozy casserole with a nice garlic bread and tossed salad.  It'll take you back to another time...swinging your legs under the table while Dad tells you to sit up straight and Mom caters to your every wish...

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  1. Sounds great for the chilly days of winter! Kenny wants to try this one soon........Regina

  2. Holy, wow, Bonnie..this is exactly the type of casserole I love in the Winter (or anytime, for that matter). I keep thinking some pepper jack would be nice with the colby :) Wishing you and yours an amazing holiday season! xo

    1. Hi Lisa! Someone else said the same thing about the pepper jack...think I'll try adding some next time! Happy Holidays to you also!

  3. This is perfect comfort food, Bonnie! I think I'll make one for us and one for Nick to take back to college after the holiday break. He and his roomies will love it, too.

    1. Hi Liz! Great idea for Nick and college care package! Hope you all are having a delightful holiday season...Enjoy!

  4. This looks so good Bonnie-I'm thinking of serving this to my family for a casual get together-maybe with a green salad on the side...I know they will love it and so will I ;)

  5. Bonnie,
    This sounds wonderful. I will try to make this. Hope that you are enjoying the holidays.


    1. Hey Dottie! Thanks so much...Hope you are also having a wonderful holiday season! Enjoy!