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T'was the Night Before Company: Noodle and Ground Beef Casserole

Updated on December 12, 2012

T'was the Night Before Company Casseroles - A Poem

T’was the night before company and all through my house,
Every creature was stirring including the spouse~

Our shopping was done and the plans were in gear,
To cook a big feast for those who’d be here~

First on the menu was salad for all,
Then rolls and then veggies would answer the call~

I thought and I thought what the main dish could be,
as I needed to feed all my sweet company~

I thumbed through my bible of main recipes,
and opened a section with greatest of ease~

And laying a finger aside of my nose,
I knew what I’d make as I pointed to “those!”

“Of Course!”, as I raised my arms to the sky,
“I’ll make three maybe four” with a gleam in my eye.

I shouted out loud from my head to my soles,
Merry Christmas to all, we’re having casseroles!


Casseroles: A Classic Favorite

The casseroles we know today are a relatively modern invention. Early 18th century casserole recipes consisted of rice that was pounded, pressed, and filled with a savory mixture of meats such as chicken or sweetbreads. Sometime around the 1870s this sense of casserole seems to have slipped into its current sense. Cooking in earthenware containers has always been common in most nations, but the idea of casserole cooking as a one-dish meal became popular in America in the twentieth century, especially in the 1950s when new forms of lightweight metal and glassware appeared on the market. By the 1970s casseroles took on a less-than sophisticated image.

Casseroles were a big part of my growing up. If we weren’t eating them at our house, then we were somehow finding a way to get ourselves invited for dinner at our friends.

Needless to say, I like casseroles. Nope. Let me rephrase that. I LOVE CASSEROLES!

Casseroles have taken on a whole new arena in the way they are created and presented.

Chicken, beef, tofu, veggie, noodle, cheese, bean, and on and on. It’s endless. I believe that what makes a casserole so unique is that they are actually indeed UNIQUE! Even the traditional chicken casserole has the opportunity to change it up a bit. There are hundreds of ways to make a chicken casserole.

I have often pondered the thought of making one different casserole a week. You know, try something new. It would almost be like visiting a different country every week! Ok..well..not quite, but how fun would it be to see just how daring I could get with a different casserole. Get away from the everyday doldrums of cooking.

I started looking through the casseroles I have made in the past and remembered asking myself, “what if I added this or added that?" Hahaha….I have to admit.. some of them I ended up giving to Candy, my German Short-haired Pointer.

I have become better as I get older. Well, at least I'd like to think so. But I will let you be the judge of that.

This recipe for Noodle and Ground Beef Casserole makes you look twice and think, “Those ingredients? Really?”

But trust me, it’s a great casserole and kids love it!

Casseroles are perfect for preparing them the day or night before you will actually serve them. It is so easy to prepare. Then, all you have to do is put your casserole in the oven 1 hour before company comes. This way you can tend to other important matters.

Since I’m big on salads, I suggest serving this yummy casserole with a small dinner salad.

Bon Appetit!

Rate this Recipe

4.7 stars from 3 ratings of Noodle and Ground Beef Casserole

Prep and Bake Time

Prep time: 30 min
Cook time: 45 min
Ready in: 1 hour 15 min
Yields: 12 Servings

Noodle and Ground Beef Casserole

Noodle and Ground Beef Casserole
Noodle and Ground Beef Casserole | Source


  • 8 cups Noodles (1lb) cooked & drained, (I like to use spinach noodles for the added color)
  • 2 tbsp Butter
  • 2 lbs Ground beef, (can be substituted with ground turkey)
  • 4-8oz. cans tomato sauce
  • 2 cups cottage cheese (small curd)
  • 2-8oz pkgs. cream cheese, softened
  • ½ cups sour cream
  • 2/3 cups scallions, minced
  • 1 tbsp green peppers, minced

Garden Salad

Garden Salad
Garden Salad | Source


  1. Brown meat in butter and stir in tomato sauce.
  2. Combine cottage cheese, cream cheese, sour cream, scallions, and green pepper in separate bowl.
  3. Put half the noodles in bottom of buttered casserole; cover with cheese mixture.
  4. Cover with remaining noodles. Top with tomato meat sauce.
  5. Cover and chill overnight so flavors can blend.
  6. Preheat oven to Bake 375⁰ and bake for 45 minutes.
  7. Serve with a tossed green dinner salad.

Nutritional Value for Noodle and Ground Beef Casserole

Nutrition Facts
Serving size: 1 Cup
Calories 265
Calories from Fat108
% Daily Value *
Fat 12 g18%
Saturated fat 6 g30%
Carbohydrates 16 g5%
Fiber 2 g8%
Protein 18 g36%
Cholesterol 74 mg25%
* The Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet, so your values may change depending on your calorie needs. The values here may not be 100% accurate because the recipes have not been professionally evaluated nor have they been evaluated by the U.S. FDA.

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About the Author

Lisa has directed and acted in musical theatre for nearly 30 years. Her musical upbringing allowed her to pursue her career in teaching and directing and continues to direct shows today. As the owner of 2 online Home Décor sites, Lisa’s passion for Rustic Living all begins with her love for the home, outdoors, and her many hobbies. Lisa loves to laugh, and she share’s that love through her comedic hubs centered on her MOM. Lisa’s passions include writing, directing, acting, photography, singing, cooking, crafts, gardening, and home improvement, including decorating. Lisa also writes under her penned name, Elizabeth Rayen.

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      Elizabeth Rayen 5 years ago from California

      OOO Jools.... that sounds absolutely yummy. Have you done a hub on that recipe? I went to your site to look but not seeing one. (Just a thought if you haven't) :) ♥

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      Elizabeth Rayen 5 years ago from California

      Awwweee thank you Cyndi!♥ Glad I could help with your dinner planning. :)

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      Jools99 5 years ago from North-East UK

      Lisa, great hib - this is the time of year for a good hearty casserole isn't it? I like crock-pot cooked beef casserole but my absolute favourite is Coq au Vin, cooked in the oven very slowly with shallots and chicken thighs and legs, meat falls of the bone...heavenly.

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      Cynthia Calhoun 5 years ago from Western NC

      Totally not related, but I DO love your real name. hehehe. This looks great and you gave me some great dinner ideas for when we have company over later in the month. :)

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      Elizabeth Rayen 5 years ago from California

      Thank you so much TheKatsMeow. You made me hungry just by your comment..LOL :)

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      TheKatsMeow 5 years ago from Canada

      OH wow! This Hub is awesome! I am definitely going to have to try this stuff and I am getting hungry just thinking about it! thanks for a great Hub!

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      Elizabeth Rayen 6 years ago from California

      Grape jelly? WOW! That sounds intriguing! Why the jelly? Is it sweeter?

      Very interesting tip! :)

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      Suzanne Sheffield 6 years ago from Mid-Atlantic

      Epi, try substituting grape jelly for the honey next time you make your chili, I think you will like it.

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      Elizabeth Rayen 6 years ago from California

      Hahahaha... Epi, you nut. Did I tell you that I played a Dallas Cowboy Cheerleader on stage as well?..... Just kidding! GOTCHA! Well I have decided to make chili this week and I think I will experiment with some of your suggested fixins'. I will let you know how it comes out!

      I hope you had a wonderful day!


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      epigramman 6 years ago

      Hello Lisa and Merry Christmas to you and of course your beautiful mum - I noticed the crock pot (this time around as it was my first attempt) made a much better chili than in just an ordinary pot - everything about chili I would imagine is made for taste so whatever is best for you but Colin's world famous honey garlic chili - is a ton of raw garlic (cut up) and enough to kill an army ......liquid honey but put that in at the end and mix it in deep - with my chili mix and tomato sauce I add Frank's extra hot sauce - lol - and romano beans, chick peas and lots of red kidney beans - someone I know said to add coffee to the mix - so I add some beer - but like I said - everything is made for taste so whatever else you can think of - just go ahead and add like corn, celery cut up, onions ......I tried adding a Dallas Cowboy cheerleader to this mix but she didn't want to mess up her uniform and I said - who said anything about wearing your uniform - lol - but then again that's another story best left up to epi's imagination ......but I found that each day after in the croc pot the chili started tasting even better ....

      lake erie time 4:25pm

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      Elizabeth Rayen 6 years ago from California

      Honey garlic chili?? Now it's my turn to salivate. Never considered putting honey or garlic in my chili. I love comfort stews, soups and casseroles in the winter. What is it about cooking and baking during the winter? Now THERE is a Hub topic! I love my crock pot. I think you'll find using it quite a bit. Care to share your famous Chili recipe?? *batting eyelashes*

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      epigramman 6 years ago this hub as I am a single man and not a bad cook either if I put my mind to it - lol - just received a slow cooker/croc pot from a lady at work who already owned three of her own - and I tell you I made my famous honey garlic chili and it never tasted so good and then a fabulous beef stew - comfort food for winter here by the lake - so nice to meet you and Merry Christmas with warm wishes and good energy sent to you from lake erie time 10:55pm ontario canada with high winds, clear skies and no snow - yet!!!!!!

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      Elizabeth Rayen 6 years ago from California

      Awesome cabmgmnt! I have so many to share.(Thanks to my grandmother and friends) More to come!!

      Happy Holidays to you and your family!


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      Corey 6 years ago from Northfield, MA

      I love to cook, too, and am always looking for tasty and easy recipes....this looks great!

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      Elizabeth Rayen 6 years ago from California

      Ahhh gee thanks Ma! I just hope I can Hub like you!

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      Audrey Hunt 6 years ago from Idyllwild Ca.

      Well, just look at you, babygirl! Yes, everyone, this is my daughter Lisa (rusticabin) and I am thrilled that she has joined our Hubpage family. Rusticliving, congratulations on your first hub. You are a refreshing addition here on Hubpages. I am voting UP, useful, interesting and awesome. Keep those hubs coming in! vocalcoach~

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      Elizabeth Rayen 6 years ago from California

      hahaha.. I was hungry when I wrote this hub. Guess what I'm making today??

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      alocsin 6 years ago from Orange County, CA

      I really need to stop reading these delicious recipe hubs on an empty stomach. It's 2:30 am, I'm hungry for casserole and all the restaurants are closed. Voting this Up and Interesting.