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Beef Noodle Casserole

Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword beef-and-noodle-casserole, beef-and-noodles, ground-beef-recipes
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Stand time 10 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 5 minutes
Servings 8 servings

Ingredients

  • 1 12 oz package egg noodles cooked to al dente
  • 1 ½ lbs lean ground beef
  • 1 medium sweet onion diced
  • olive oil
  • 1 14.5 oz can petite diced tomatoes with basil, garlic and oregano
  • 3 8 oz can tomato sauce with basil, garlic and oregano
  • 1 6 oz can tomato paste
  • 1 Tbsp dry Italian seasoning
  • 1 tsp garlic or plain table salt more or less to taste
  • 1 tsp crushed red pepper flakes more or less to taste
  • 30 pepperoni slices quartered
  • 1 8 oz onion and chive cream cheese softened
  • 1 cup half and half
  • ¼ cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 3 cups shredded Mozzarella or Italian cheese blend divided
  • 1 Tbsp chopped Italian parsley for garnishing

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 350°F. Spray a 13 x 9 inch baking dish with cooking spray. Set aside.
  • In a large skillet cook ground beef and onion in a few drizzles of olive oil over medium-high heat. Cook until beef is browned and no pink remains. Drain excess fat from pan.
  • To the beef add tomatoes, tomato sauce, tomato paste, Italian seasoning, salt and pepper flakes. Simmer on medium-low, uncovered for 10 minutes then remove from heat and stir in pepperoni.
  • Meanwhile, cook noodles in salted water per package directions. Drain well.
  • Return noodles to pot and onto burner with heat off. To the noodles add cream cheese and half and half. Mix until cream cheese has melted. Add Parmesan, mix well.
  • To assemble: Layer ½ noodles on bottom of baking dish. Top with ½ sauce and ½ cheese. Repeat ending with cheese.
  • Bake for 35-45 minutes or until bubbly and cheese is lightly browned.
  • Let stand for 10 minutes. Garnish with chopped parsley just before serving.