Sour Cream Noodle Bake

Total Time:
30 min
Prep:
10 min
Cook:
20 min

Yield:
8 servings
Level:
Easy

Ingredients
  • 1 1/4 pounds ground chuck
  • One 15-ounce can tomato sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 8 ounces egg noodles
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1 1/4 cups small curd cottage cheese
  • Pinch red pepper flakes
  • 1/2 cup sliced green onions (less to taste)
  • 1 cup grated sharp Cheddar
  • Crusty French bread, for serving
Directions

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.

Brown the ground chuck in a large skillet. Drain the fat, and then add the tomato sauce, 1/2 teaspoon salt and plenty of freshly ground black pepper. Stir, and then simmer while you prepare the other ingredients.

Cook the egg noodles until al dente. Drain and set aside.

In a medium bowl, combine the sour cream and cottage cheese. Add plenty of freshly ground black pepper and a pinch of red pepper flakes. Add to the noodles and stir. Add the green onions and stir.

To assemble, add half of the noodles to a baking dish. Top with half the meat mixture, and then sprinkle on half the grated Cheddar. Repeat with noodles, meat and then a final layer of cheese. Bake until all the cheese is melted, about 20 minutes.

Serve with crusty French bread.

To freeze: Assemble the Sour Cream Noodle Bake in a disposable aluminum oven-proof pan and seal the top of the container with the lid or heavy foil. Seal the edges to prevent freezer burn and place in the freezer.

To cook from frozen: Place directly in a 375-degree F oven and bake, covered, for 45 minutes. Remove the lid and bake until lightly brown and bubbly, about 20 minutes more.


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I used my leftover homemade spaghetti sauce, mixed the egg noodles with sour cream and feta (not a cottage cheese fan), then topped the dish with freshly grated sharp Amish cheese. We loved it! item not reviewed by moderator and published
This is a wonderful recipe from the 1970s in The Culinary Arts Institute Encyclopedic Cookbook. Two ingredients are missing that are crucial to make it excellent - adding garlic &amp; onion powder to taste. The recipe says 1/4 teaspoon of each into the tomato sauce while it cooks with the meat. I tasted it and added more garlic. Watch out, easy to over eat this one.<br /> item not reviewed by moderator and published
I switched out the tomato sauce for a can of Manwich to add just a little flavor punch. My entire family loves it!  What a great freezer recipe to pop into the oven at the end of a busy day. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This recipe did not initially sound good but my whole family, even the picky eater, loves it! I triple the recipe so I can freeze a ton of these for those super busy days.<br /> item not reviewed by moderator and published
Creamy, warm, and hearty. I increased all ingredients by about 50% to fill a 9x13 and added about 1/2 c. of starchy cooking water to moisten up the noodle mixture. Very good! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I used a large can of Stewed Tomatoes instead of the tomato sauce.  Stewed Tomatoes have much more flavor. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Very easy and great tasting. Will adjust some of the seasonings next time. My son said it was really good. Thanks, Ree. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I'm so excited to make and freeze this,Ree!I'm giving birth to twins next Wednesday and anything I can freeze and pop in the oven will help me so much. I love to watch you on tv. You seem do genuine and kind. Thanks! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I loved this! Only change I made was to substitute ricotta cheese for the cottage cheese. Amazing! item not reviewed by moderator and published
<p>I made the recipe exactly as described.  I agree with some of the posters comments below and found the following:</p><p>-the recipe didn't specify the size of the dish to use.  I used a 9x13 but would use a smaller one next time.</p><p>-It came out a little dry and next time I would add more of the sauce, including tomato.</p><p>-I did not care for the green onions in the recipe</p> item not reviewed by moderator and published
I replaced the tomato sauce with my home made sauce. I also replaced the cottage cheese with ricotta. With those changes I really liked the results. Very comforting! item not reviewed by moderator and published
This is one of my go to recipes when I wonder what to make for dinner. Its quick and easy. I've even made it with chicken substituting a can of cream of chicken soup for the tomato sauce and using a little chicken broth to thin it some. It's so tasty. Thanks Ree. item not reviewed by moderator and published
The recipe made as written was okay, thus the three-star rating. I thought it lacked seasoning, but it is a great base to add to and make your own. It was a winner after adding more salt, garlic, and some beef broth. The possibilities are endless, and my kids love it, so I've made it several times. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I had to modify a bit, added a few extra spices to the tomato sauce mixture, but it was a hit with my family. And trust me, I have four children and a very opinionated husband. I used ground venison instead of beef also. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This is a cozy family dish, and is something kids love. I made it with our leftover sloppy Joes meat, large elbow mac, full fat cottage cheese and sour cream, and good cheese. A little S &amp; P, and it tasted just fine. If you're fussy or prissy, it may not please you. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I made this, and my family LOVED it. One caveat though - I did substitute low fat cream cheese for the cottage cheese. It sent it over the top! Thanks Ree! item not reviewed by moderator and published
just wondering if this can be cooked in the slow cooker if it can how long item not reviewed by moderator and published
I made this and would have given 5 stars but I added a can of golden mushroom soup mix and worcestershire sauce to the meat to make it a little more moist and added some flavor. WOW! it was awesome! I really wanted left overs but it was all gone! This is a great classic I've been looking for for a while! Thanks Ree!!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Made this last night and it was a hit at home. I also brought in leftovers to a couple of my co-workers since there's only my husband and I to eat it at home. They loved it as well! Will definitely be making again. Super easy with super yummy results. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This was a good dish and easy to make. Used 1 1/2 lb. of ground beef and two cups of cheese baked @ 350 item not reviewed by moderator and published
I haven't made it yet but have a question - what time &amp; temp do you use if you don't freeze it first? The recipe doesn't say. Also what about adjustments for convection ovens? Thanks! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Does your noddles become soggy with the freezer version? I find cottage cheese doesn't freeze well so I'd leave it out. Temper the meat dish in an airtight container in the fridge for a few hours before adding in the noodles and creams. Wipe off the excess water from the inside lid just before you freeze it. I've followed this recipe using lasagna noodles and baked it in the slow-cooker for 2-hrs on high. Turns out great without that soggy noodle taste. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Soooo good...hubby and I nearly ate 1/2 of casserole pan...exceeded expectations and perfect fall dinner item not reviewed by moderator and published
Yummy. I made 1 1/2 x the recipe as egg noodles come in 12 oz bags. I modified it a bit for my family's needs. I used ground turkey instead of beef, and added Montreal steak seasoning and garlic as well as salt and pepper. I think next time, and there will be a next time, I may make a layer of sauteed escarole, or add mushrooms. Easy recipe to play with. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I caught this on TV and knew that it would be both a little bland but my family would enjoy it. I tweaked it to make it more acceptably healthy for our needs. It is a great weeknight meal for between school, activities and homework. Here is what I did differently: 2 lbs lean turkey for more lean protein "plus" farfalle instead of regular noodles (penne or elbows won't work) Worcestershire and soy sauce to the meat for color and flavor Onion and garlic powder to the meat A small finely diced yellow onion to the meat 15 ounce can diced onions with Roasted Garlic and Onion to the meat Small can of plain tomato sauce to the meat A little more green onion and fat free small curd cottage cheese to the noodles Reduced fat sharp cheddar cheese I was thinking a cup of mashed cauliflower in the noodles would work but I didn't have time to try it. item not reviewed by moderator and published
My family loved this recipe, although next time I would double the amount of sauce as it was kind of dry. Nonetheless, my 11-year-old daughter, who is a very picky eater, actually ate a healthy portion of it...so that says a lot about this recipe! item not reviewed by moderator and published
It's not amazing, but it's not horrible like some of the reviews. Perfect for a quick weekday dinner. I would make it again. It can be easily altered by using turkey and adding some veggies to make it healthier too.... item not reviewed by moderator and published
This recipe seems controversial in the reviews, but it really shouldn't be. First of all, if you made this for guests, or a date or something, you might as well just give up on life right now. This isn't that kind of a thing, so don't blame the dish over you having no clue. This is a home alone, eat in your sweatpants, watching Netflix kind of a thing, or maybe for kids. Also, I'm guessing a lot of the other one star folks didn't season the noodles like she did in the video...but yes, it is still kind of plain, even if you do. This is the part where you can use your evolved human brain and add whatever you want to the dish. The possibilities are endless, really. Personally, this kind of screamed Midwest to me, so I simmered the ground beef in Coca Cola, worchestershire, onion powder, and beef broth first, loose meat style. It was excellent. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Incredibly Tasty! I like mine a little wetter with more sour cream. but it nonetheless delicious! Good work Ree! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Not great, just ok. I recognized the lack of seasoning so added half a jalepeno and ricotta to the cheese and sour cream mix and some chorizo to the meat. It helped but still tasted like hamburger helper. Not a recipe to repeat. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Easy comfort food recipe but bland flavor. Good thing there were green onions in it because they were the only flavorful ingredient in the recipe. I would make again but would look through the reviews for add-in ingredient suggestions. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This is nasty and truly on par with Ree's ludicrous "The Bread" recipe. There is no taste and just because I added LOTS of things to bump it up, doesn't give her any more stars. Buy Hamburger Helper, it actually has more taste! BTW, I don't like that I have to give at least 1 start. You should be able to give none. item not reviewed by moderator and published
how long can you keep it in the freezer? item not reviewed by moderator and published
This is a terrible recipe. Some people don't know food. If you are going to eat this it would be easier to open up a can of ravoli. That is also gross but, absolutely no fuss. Yuck!!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Love this dish, it is on our dinner menu 1-2 times per month! Easy and a hit for everyone in my house! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I have to say that I am simply astounded that so many people are raving about something so vile and tasteless. Folks, this is a 'scratch' (ahem..laughing) version of HAMBURGER HELPER STROGANOFF. DON'T WASTE YOUR TIME OR MONEY item not reviewed by moderator and published
bland in flavor and uninspired aesthetically. none of my guests were impressed. I usually love Ree's low brow cuisine but this one missed the mark. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Excellent dish! And obviously fool proof! I accidentally put it together before adding the sour cream mixture into the noodles. So, I made it into a casserole by completely mixing the sour cream into the dish and topping it with 2 pieces of leftover cornbread (crumbled) and a little more cheese. The hubby and kids all loved it. I also added 1 T Worcestershire sauce to the meat. I will try to do it correctly next time and I'm sure it will be even better. Thanks, Ree! This one's a keeper! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Ree! You are a fabulous cook with amazing recipes. This was a last minute dish at a dinner I hosted at my house (felt like I didn't have enough food so added this dish). Wow! What a hit! I had ages 4 yrs old to 70 yrs old and everyone alike enjoyed very much! You never let me down!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
As many others have stated this recipe is a bit bland as is which is why I am giving it four stars instead of five. I added some minced garlic, onion powder, smoked paprika, and two teaspoons red pepper flakes to the meat mixture. I then mixed the meat mixture with the noodle mixture instead of layering and baked it with the cheddar cheese on top in a 9x13 baking dish. I used one cup of cottage cheese and one cup of sour cream in this dish as well as a couple tablespoons of grated parmesan. My hubby and I loved it after making these changes. This is a good base recipe. You really can add any spices you want to this dish. item not reviewed by moderator and published
To quote my husband, "this is a keeper". Comfort food, for sure. It reminds me of what my mother called "goulash" in flavor, a wonderful memory. Not a fancy dish, but one I will happily repeat. We had about 1-3/4 lbs. of ground chuck on hand so I used it all and think I will increase the amount of beef whenever I make it. Thanks, Ree. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Only one word to describe this. GROSS. If I could have rated it zero I would have. I can't believe anyone liked this. Worst thing I ever made. Total waste of ingredients. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I followed the video instructions and bake it in one 9 by 13 dish. It was delicious!! I have 3 kids and they all loved it!! And we had leftover:) item not reviewed by moderator and published
Absolutely delicious! I can't believe how easy this is. item not reviewed by moderator and published
We shouldn't have to guess - ALL casserole recipes should specify the size of casserole dish used e.g. 9x13 and capacity e.g. 2 Qts. RookieCookMom 16 Feb SAID: I am also going to try a smaller casserole dish or double up next time since it barely made it in a 9x13. Mac N. Cheese 19 May SAID: I tweaked the recipe … baking it in an 8 x 8 ladymblack 19 Dec SAID: … "casserole" was a very vague term, which I dislike. I would probably use a smaller dish. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This is not a glamorous dish. It's tasty enough though.. I mean, who doesn't like egg noodles and sour cream (?) I actually made almost triple the recipe - we had a 3lb pack of ground turkey (sorry Ree, my family is off beef/pork) - I was very optimistic after seeing the episode. Well obviously the freezer is now stocked (I used foil loaf pans and now have 5 in the freezer). It's a reasonably good dinner when you add a side salad. I ramped up the seasonings which helped a lot, and I added double the sour cream because the cottage cheese just seemed to overwhelm the sour cream flavor. Also, up here in Toronto Canada, it's hard to find "small curd" cottage cheese... so I whipped my cottage cheese through my food processor. Anyway, it's not a bad recipe at all, it's quite okay... and it's nice to have something quick to pull out of the freezer that heats up well and doesn't get any complaints. So, I'll make it again (once the stockpile is depleted) item not reviewed by moderator and published
Good but a little bland. I added extra Italian seasonings but you could add Mexican seasonings if you like that better. All in all good but not great. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Easy to make and tasty. Very similar in flavor to lasagna. I tweaked the recipe by cutting back the cottage cheese to 3/4 cup, and adding in a can of diced tomatoes with green chiles along with the tomato sauce, and baking it in an 8 x 8. Enjoy! item not reviewed by moderator and published
It was good, just not spectacular. I will make this again with a few tweeks, I think there is too much cottage cheese, maybe just 3/4 cup will do or ricotta instead. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I love Ree, but did not love this recipe. It's similar to other Italian pasta bakes except for the sour cream (which I couldn't really taste) and cheddar cheese instead of Italian cheeses. Be sure to undercook the egg noodles as they will continue to cook and can get too soft while baking. It was ok, but I probably won't make it again. item not reviewed by moderator and published
So easy to make and the taste was refreshing. I followed the recipe with no add ins. The hardest part was trying to figure out how many noodles were 8 ounces...:) My husband really enjoyed it as well.. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Made this after seeing the show, husband really like it. Good flavor and easy to make. item not reviewed by moderator and published
So tasty, and my husband and 3 year old liked it, too. I love the sour cream taste. One of my new comfort food favorites! item not reviewed by moderator and published
This was very easy to prepare, my family loved it. Will definitely make again. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This is an easy yummy family friendly recipe. I used 1 cup sour cream and 1 cup cottage cheese to add a little more moisture to the recipe. Reheats easily a few days later for leftovers. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I love this recipe because it is so good item not reviewed by moderator and published
Made this for the Family tonight, got a look warm response. Is quick and easy, usual have all this ingredients on hand. Was kind of bland, maybe next time I will add a little cayenne? item not reviewed by moderator and published
We love this dish!! I have made this for company, and they have loved it also. It's like an easy version of lasagna, in my opinion, without all of the work. 5 stars! item not reviewed by moderator and published
can you use mozzarella cheese instead of sharp cheddar cheese ? item not reviewed by moderator and published
We've made this casserole several times now and it has become one of our favorites. Since we both work, we freeze enough for another dinner, then I take the rest for lunch. It always draws appreciative comments from my co-workers when I heat it up in the lunch room. Very easy to make and it is good not only the first time, but till the last morsel is eaten. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I enjoyed how simple this recipe was to make. I usually have about 90% of the ingredients on hand and I was able to divide this recipe nicely into three aluminum loaf pans. That means 2 freezer meals for my family. I didn't have scallions but otherwise I followed the recipe. Tasty and delicious. I made it for company and they also enjoyed it. They even asked for the recipe! Their 3 year old daughter and our 3 year old son enjoyed it too. I gave this dish a three star only because the flavor wasn't out of this world. It doesn't mean this wasn't a yummy dish -- just not "knock your socks" good. I would still recommend the dish to anyone. Thank you for another keeper recipe! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Very, very good. I added some garlic powder to the beef while browning. (love garlic). almost like a lasagna. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Loved this casserole. I sautéed some onion and garlic before putting the beef in the pan. item not reviewed by moderator and published
We were pleasantly surprised, this was good! I made it as listed, but I used two 8oz cans of tomato sauce-my store didn't carry 15 oz. The tanginess of the sour cream worked with the tomato beefiness! I was skeptical about the cottage cheese, but you don't taste it and it all works together! I did add a little more cheddar on top because I ran out of it spreading across a 9x13 pan. I loved the green onion, but my husband isn't a fan so I will cut back next time. I am also going to try a smaller casserole dish or double up next time since it barely made it in a 9x13. This is an easy keeper! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Does anyone know how to prepare this from the frozen state? Do you thaw it overnight or cook for longer? I made this and it was delicious, but we ate it fresh, was wondering about cooking it after it has been frozen. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Good, easy weeknight recipe but a little dry. Next time, I will add a can of diced tomatoes and some garlic. I may also try baking it in an 8x8 baking dish instead of 9x13. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This turned out pretty good! Made exactly as the recipe stated except I used ground beef. Reminded me of a twist on lasagna. Will be making this again! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I modified this somewhat, and it's so so awesome! I omitted the green onions. For the beef mixture, I used chili instead which had onions, beef, kidney beans, and black beans in it.This is the most addicting thing I've made in a long time. When I heated up the leftovers, I put crushed up corn chips and hot sauce on top. That was awesome too! Thanks for coming up with this recipe. I would have never thought to put cottage cheese, sour cream, and noodles together. It's such a great combination! item not reviewed by moderator and published
We made this the same day the show aired - it's fantastic! We really love it! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Our 17 year old daughter makes this 2-3 times a month! It has such great flavor and is easy to make! We love it!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Made this for Sunday not dinner one day after seeing a re-run of the show it was on. My family loved it and asked me to make it again. The next time I made it I didn't have any cottage cheese so I used ricotta and it came out emm emm good. A nice simple twist on lasagna. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Made this tonight for dinner, put it into two 8x8 dishes and froze one for a later date.After reading other reviews and upon mixing the noodles with the sour cream mixture, I did decide to add more cottage cheese and sour cream, for a creamier noodle layer. I added a total of 16 oz. cottage cheese and 1 cup sour cream to a 12 oz. noodles. Also sprinkled in some parmesan cheese for more flavor. Otherwise I followed the recipe,tasted it, adjusted my seasonings to taste and thought it was a pretty good casserole. My husband loved it. Paired it with steamed broccoli. Will definitely make this again item not reviewed by moderator and published
I would give this 10 stars if I could! We made it exactly as is, and had NO complaints. Going in the "Make Often" category in our home! Also, going to be my go-to dish for a family with new baby, sick person, or death in their family. All would enjoy. Great potluck dish as well. Not only was it terrific, but so easy! Very easy to double too. Hope all tries it that's thinking about it.. you won'e be disappointed!! God Bless :) item not reviewed by moderator and published
Great recipe. Simple,delicious and kid friendly. Couldn't get my son to touch lasagna but he dove into this. Great tang and richness. Darn good casserole. I recommend item not reviewed by moderator and published
I made this last night for my family and it was great. I followed the recipe as written no changes. This will be a keeper in our house especially for a family that is always on the go. I prepared early in the day, attended my daughter's soccer game and put it in the oven later on that evening. My son who is watching his carbs and always has something to say about anything I cook with pasta said, "mom this is great!" He is also asking if he can eat it for lunch today :) Thanks Ree. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I just made this for my family, however, I made a few modifications. I chopped an onion and some green onions and sautéed them. Then I added the ground chuck (about 2.5 lbs.). I browned it, and drained the fat off. Then I returned it to the pan and added 2 cans (28 oz each) of sauce. I also added some garlic. I cooked 1 lb. of noodles, and drained at al dente. I added 1 cup of sour cream, and about 32 oz. ricotta cheese, which I had mixed in a bowl with some pasta sprinkle spice. Then I layered half of the noodles, half the sauce and a cup of shredded cheddar. I repeated the process and baked in the oven. This was a hit, and I will certainly make it again! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I made this dish for my family they and the LOVED it!!! I've just started a diet and used low-fat ingredients. No one could even tell. Definitely a keeper!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Made it for dinner tonight- We loved it!! Will definitely make again. The only change I made was mixing about a cup of grated cheddar into the noodle mixture. Yum!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
So good as is! Had to "hide" the onions so instead of using green onions cooked 1/2 red onion with the beef. My husband still complained when he saw the cutting board but then devoured the dish. I had trouble with the amounts when I went to layer the dish, maybe I will make more noodles next time. My finished product didn't look like Ree's from the show but who cares it was yummy. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Fantastic recipe...we all loved it. Followed the recipe exactly but without the scallions as I did not have any. It was quick and easy. Thanks Ree!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
This dish was just amazing!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I made this for dinner tonight. It was really good. I added sauteed onions and carrots (before i browned the meat). I also threw in some frozen peas while the meat and sauce we simmering. The kids (2 and 4) both liked it a lot. I ate more than I should've. Served it with broccoli instead of bread. Seems like too many carbs. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Very quick and easy and extremely tastey. Love it. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Great make ahead entree! There are never any leftovers. Also a great way to share a meal for a busy friend. We like the mild flavors and there's just enough cheese to make it yummy. Thank you for sharing this recipe, Ree! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I thought it was very good, although "casserole" was a very vague term, which I dislike. I would probably use a smaller dish or double the recipe next time (even just using a full pound of pasta would probably fix the problem if using a standard 13x9-inch casserole). I used ricotta instead of the cottage cheese. I also added fresh basil and garlic to the meat and sauce and let them simmer for a while. Next time I would probably add at least another can of sauce. I'm definitely a sauce person. item not reviewed by moderator and published
My kids LOVED this! It has now been added to our dinner rotation!. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Very good! Comfort food @ it's best :-) item not reviewed by moderator and published
Made this for dinner tonight and it was yummy! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Doubled this recipe and made 4 - 8x8 pans. They were a little shallow, should have made 3. I added garlic and onion powders as S.P. suggested, and it was necessary. This was super easy and quick, and really easy to make a lot of for the freezer. item not reviewed by moderator and published
My family and I loved this dish. It was very tasty, simple to make and I will defintly be making this again, I followed the directions just as she said to do it and it was fab!!! Thank you Ree :) item not reviewed by moderator and published
The husband and I really liked this dish. A couple of alterations I made: Added some cream cheese to the cottage cheese and sour cream and added a little worchesterchire (sp?) sauce to the meat. I also added a little garlic and onion power to the meat because I thought it could use some additional flavor. Overall, it was good. Next time, I think I will mix in more of the creamy mixture because I like things saucy!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
This dish was delicious! It was so tasty and true comfort food. I loved it and I can't wait to eat the leftovers in my fridge! We served it was some crusty cheesy jalapeno dutch french bread that we toasted in the oven. It was heavenly! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I'm Italian and would never think to use cottage cheese with pasta and tomato sauce; however, I was so very surprised. It has the look of baked ziti, but it is far better. The cottage cheese and sour cream give this dish a creamy and silky finish. It was not watery and the grated cheddar and layering technique Ms. Ree suggests is perfect. We could not get enough of it and now, every time I pass the frig, I take a snack. Gave some to my neighbor and she LOVED IT..... So don't confuse this with Italian Baked Ziti, it a separate dish and a lighter one too. Great work Ms. Ree. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I was disappointed in this recipe. Like others, I used ricotta and added garlic and other spices. It just wasn't what I thought it would taste like. Hamburger Helper would have been tastier. But hey, everyone's pallet is different. I will not be making this again. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This recipe was fantastic, Hubby loved it too, i made it a bit more italian by adding basil, oregano and parsley in the meat sauce and sprinkled some extra green onions on top for presentation, a definite winner, thanks for sharing Ree, love your show item not reviewed by moderator and published
Very Good! I add what ever veggies I have available, zucchini etc and my husband loves this. I've made it several times now. item not reviewed by moderator and published
omg, the onions really make it, what a winner item not reviewed by moderator and published
Loved this recipe!! My kids freak at the sight of onions so I chopped up the green onion and added them to the meat to get the flavor they loved it!!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
OriginaI recipe sounded kind of bland so I added onion garlic oregano basil than I used 1 can of fire roasted dice tomatoes &amp; 1 can of tomato sauce didn't have any cottage cheese so I used ricotta &amp; sour cream which made it very creamy My Husband &amp; Stepson really loved it would make again uses my twist on it they both licked their bowls LOL!!!!!!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
It was amazing! I did alter it slightly just for personal taste. I added garlic twice the green onions and I also put a full cup of sour cream. It was so yummy , def serve with crusty bread! item not reviewed by moderator and published
350 F for 20 min. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Because everything is already cooked.  You just need to bake it until bubbly. :) item not reviewed by moderator and published
I'm curious. why did you give it 1 star but say 'yummy"? item not reviewed by moderator and published
You didn't make Ree's recipe, so why did you give it four stars??? item not reviewed by moderator and published
I made a dbl recipe with 3-15 oz. cans of tomato sauce. I used onions in the hamb. and a bit of garlic powder. When the noodles were done, I mixed a bit more cottage cheese and sour cream to the noodles, I always save a coffee cup of the starchy water before draining and then could add SOME of that to the pasta, not all of it but just in case I needed more moisture. Always salt your water like sea water and boil pasta just a few seconds shy of al dente. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Nothing wrong with this recipe and yes I would gladly take to a potluck or for game food or family get together. You just have to know how to tweek the recipe. I replyed above as well. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I find it amusing when folks say they are experienced cooks and complain about something being bland. well, if there is no seasoning, YES it is going to be bland; but, an experienced cook should know that by looking at a recipe. jmo item not reviewed by moderator and published
Save a cup of your cooked pasta water and I used a bit more cottage cheese and sour cream too, then you can use the water to moisten. Start with little bit of water and can adjust with more if needed. ;) item not reviewed by moderator and published
really? I figure that from the beginning. Adjust to your liking for seasonings. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I haven't made this yet so I can't comment on the taste or blandness, but I will say this...DON'T BUY HAMBURGER HELPER!!! At least Ree's version is made from scratch without all the added toxins from preservatives and Lord only knows what junk is thrown into Hamburger Helper. Take this basic recipe and add seasonings to make it your own and get the flavor you like. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I agree with you Alleyhome! Claregirl, please don't advise people to buy Hamburger Helper--that is crap in a box! at least this recipes is homemade and you know what is going into it. item not reviewed by moderator and published
It was delicious and maybe you should learn how to cook and tweek recipes. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I'm really embarrassed for you if you made this for guests. I had Hamburger Helper Stronganoff (this is the same thing) once in college and vowed NEVER to waste my money on such foul garbage. item not reviewed by moderator and published
seriously undrated, try making it first. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Since you did not make the real recipe, truthfully you should have given this 2 stars. item not reviewed by moderator and published
The beauty of recipes like this is that you can make it your own. You can add or subtract ingrediants to suit your preferences. You sound like one of those people who just don't like Ree and look for any reason to criticize her. Most of us enjoy taking a recipe and discussing how we've changed it to match our own particular tastes. To me that's called FUN. If you too, want to have fun in your life, I suggest you pull the lemon out of your mouth and remember that life is short. Be happy Clare. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Totally agree! Like I said, it's Hamburger Helper for those who want to feel like they can cook. It's something I ate ONCE in college when I was dead broke..NEVER AGAIN. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Love the idea of diced tomatoes with green chiles mixed into the sauce. In addition, try a few pinches of taco seasoning -- like Old El Paso, or something similar -- mixed into the sauce or even blended into the sour cream/cottage cheese mixture, to kick it up a notch. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This recipe has been around as I said in my review but there was less cottage cheese and cream cheese mixed with the sour cream. It makes a big difference. item not reviewed by moderator and published
You could, but it's definitely not going to be as good. Plus mozzarella isn't quite as "sturdy" as cheddar. If you don't like the strong taste of sharp cheddar, maybe you could try a mild cheddar instead. item not reviewed by moderator and published
To cook from frozen: Place directly in a 375-degree F oven and bake, covered, for 45 minutes. Remove the lid and bake until lightly brown and bubbly, about 20 minutes more. item not reviewed by moderator and published
lpader; I like your idea of adding diced tomatoes!! Gonna try that when I make it! Thanks! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Maybe you should have followed the original recipe! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Hamburger Helper??? GTFOH And, by the way - it's 'palate', not 'pallet'. Yikes item not reviewed by moderator and published

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