As the title suggests, this was my Grandmother's recipe. I've tweaked the amount of cheese and sour cream depending on what I've got in the fridge and it always turns out great! My mother has suggested this was made up as a way to use up ingredients in the fridge.

Recipe Summary

prep:
20 mins
cook:
55 mins
total:
1 hr 15 mins
Servings:
6
Yield:
6 servings
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Ingredients

6
Original recipe yields 6 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat. Cook and stir beef in the hot skillet until browned and crumbly, 5 to 7 minutes; drain and discard grease. Mix sugar, salt, garlic salt and tomato sauce into ground beef; simmer until flavors blend, about 20 minutes. Remove from heat, cover skillet, and cool to room temperature.

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  • Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Cook egg noodles in the boiling water, stirring occasionally until cooked through but firm to the bite, about 5 minutes. Drain and cool slightly.

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease a 9x13-inch casserole dish.

  • Mix sour cream, cream cheese, and onion in a bowl.

  • Scoop half the noodles into the prepared casserole dish; top with half the sour cream mixture. Spoon half the ground beef mixture atop sour cream layer. Repeat layering with remaining ingredients. Top casserole with Cheddar cheese.

  • Bake in the preheated oven until Cheddar cheese has browned, 25 to 30 minutes.

Nutrition Facts

519 calories; protein 24.5g 49% DV; carbohydrates 39.4g 13% DV; fat 29.8g 46% DV; cholesterol 120.1mg 40% DV; sodium 1596.6mg 64% DV. Full Nutrition

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Rating: 5 stars
10/10/2014
This is from the original poster, Mrs.Wolfie. This was my grandmothers recipe dated back to the mid-1940's. I posted as she wrote it on a recipe card. Some of the ingredients and steps may seem archaic so I wanted to make sure you all understood this is a 50 year plus recipe. The changes mentioned are nice and I'm glad so many are enjoying it. My family still prefers it the way Clatie made it.. I'm sure she is thrilled this simple recipe she made up has garnered this much attention! Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 1 stars
05/21/2013
Disappointed. Followed the recipe to the mark. Read More
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  • 1 star values: 15
Rating: 5 stars
10/10/2014
This is from the original poster, Mrs.Wolfie. This was my grandmothers recipe dated back to the mid-1940's. I posted as she wrote it on a recipe card. Some of the ingredients and steps may seem archaic so I wanted to make sure you all understood this is a 50 year plus recipe. The changes mentioned are nice and I'm glad so many are enjoying it. My family still prefers it the way Clatie made it.. I'm sure she is thrilled this simple recipe she made up has garnered this much attention! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
04/04/2018
Update II: Yummy and satisfying as is. I do admit to sneaking in extra sour cream cuz I LOVE it! What a great way to use a pound of ground beef on a cold winter night.Update!!! This time I made it with Italian sausage and used just one can of the tomato sauce . Since I was using sausage, I cut the salt in half. I sauteed the onion before mixing it in with the sourcream/cream cheese mixture. Topped with mozarella. Great results and I thin I will try it with chorizo and mexican cheeses next time. I can see so many possibilities for grandmas homestyle casserole. I have to add that the review by the "Versatile Foodie" seems hardly fair. She reviewed this as if it was some fine wine or gourmet recipe. This is NOT that kind of recipe and I don't think it has been represented that way. This is just one of those old fashioned simple casseroles that calls for easily attained and simple ingredients. Nothing fancy schmancy, just good stick to the ribs family pleasing casserole. Thanks for sharing LaDonna and Grandma! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
03/03/2014
I made this casserole last night with a couple of very small moderations. Instead of chopping or dicing the onion, ( an entire sweet yellow onion ) I put it in my mini chopper and pureed it. I made the recipe with Prego@ Traditional spaghetti sauce instead of tomato sauce. I topped the casserole with sharp cheddar, romano and parmesan cheeses. I loved this casserole, but better yet, my husband and grandson loved it too. ( my husband usually doesn't like casseroles. and doesn't like spaghetti. ) We had enough left for lunch today and it's even better the day after. This is a keeper. We loved it. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
04/02/2013
This was a great find. The layers of sour cream, cream cheese, and onion really set off the flavor of this simple dish. The family really enjoyed it and leftovers weren't left over for very long. I imagine that many readers will find ways to tweak this recipe with additional ingredients. I prepared it exactly to the recipe and would argue that no adjustments are necessary. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
04/17/2013
I am trying to lose weight and am careful with my calories so I played with this. I used lean ground beef, switched the sour cream for fat free yogurt, used low fat cream cheese diced tomatoes instead of sauce and low fat mozzarella and I was able to make a very satisfying dish, true to the intent of the recipe and 25% fewer calories. I did add spinach to the cream cheese layer and fresh garlic because I had no garlic salt. There was plenty of flavor and as someone else pointed out this is a perfect recipe to your own taste. Thanks, Mrs. Wolfie we enjoyed this. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
07/29/2013
Great recipe, just make sure to undercook the pasta, otherwise it ends up a bit mushy. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
07/07/2013
Very tasty dish although I noticed there were very few herbs or spices involved. I made some additions: 2 tsp. dried basil and fresh black pepper to taste. The sour cream mixture makes the dish creamy and adds lightness. I would make it again. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
04/03/2013
Found this as I had ground beef already cooking on the stove with a vague idea that I was going to cook SOME kind of casserole. I am always looking for new additions to our weekly routine and this one fit the bill nicely. I expected it to be a bigger hit with my small children but my husband and I both enjoyed it immensely. I added canned peas and fresh chopped carrots as well as parsley and I cooked most of the onion with the beef and only added a small amount to the cheese/sour cream mixture. I will make this again but sparingly. This is firmly in the comfort food department and can't be very waistline friendly...which is why it tastes so good! Read More
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Rating: 1 stars
05/21/2013
Disappointed. Followed the recipe to the mark. Read More
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