This is a wonderful casserole my mother served often. It was always a hit with everyone who tried it - especially the men!

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Recipe Summary

prep:
30 mins
cook:
40 mins
total:
1 hr 10 mins
Servings:
8
Yield:
8 servings
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Ingredients

8
Original recipe yields 8 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Lightly grease a 2 quart casserole dish. Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Add pasta and cook for 8 to 10 minutes or until al dente; drain.

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  • Heat 1 tablespoon margarine in a large heavy skillet over medium-high heat. Cook ground beef until evenly brown. Stir in tomato sauce; remove from heat. In a medium bowl, combine cottage cheese, cream cheese, sour cream, green onion and green pepper.

  • Spread 1/2 the cooked noodles in the casserole dish. Cover with cheese mixture, then the remaining noodles. Pour melted margarine over the noodles. Spoon meat sauce on top and spread to cover noodles.

  • Bake in preheated oven for 30 minutes.

Nutrition Facts

433 calories; protein 20.5g 41% DV; carbohydrates 25.2g 8% DV; fat 28g 43% DV; cholesterol 102mg 34% DV; sodium 585.7mg 23% DV. Full Nutrition

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Rating: 4 stars
01/25/2006
I lightened up this recipe with lean ground beef fat free sour cream reduced fat cream cheese and fat free cottage cheese---it was still very good--very rich. I think next time I will use a little more spice in the meat mixture ie garlic and perhaps use a little less cheese mixture. Overall it was very good and my husband told me I could make this anytime for him--it's true--men do love it!!!!:) Thanks for an easy good recipe!!!! After ligthening it up--it was only 6 weight watcher points for a serving and very filling! Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 2 stars
08/19/2006
Although this recipe was easy to prepare the dish did not have much flavor at all. Sorry but I don't think I would make it again. If I were I would use salsa instead of tomato sauce for an extra boost Read More
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34 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 17
  • 4 star values: 12
  • 3 star values: 3
  • 2 star values: 1
  • 1 star values: 1
Rating: 4 stars
01/25/2006
I lightened up this recipe with lean ground beef fat free sour cream reduced fat cream cheese and fat free cottage cheese---it was still very good--very rich. I think next time I will use a little more spice in the meat mixture ie garlic and perhaps use a little less cheese mixture. Overall it was very good and my husband told me I could make this anytime for him--it's true--men do love it!!!!:) Thanks for an easy good recipe!!!! After ligthening it up--it was only 6 weight watcher points for a serving and very filling! Read More
(13)
Rating: 4 stars
09/17/2006
This is a great "poor-man's" lasagna. The only item that I found a bit overpowering (eventhough I measured correctly) was the cinnamon. I would try this recipe again only without the cinnamon. Overall very tasty. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
08/02/2008
This is creamy delicious stuff when made according to the recipe. I have been making this for years. It is high in fat but it is easy and inexpensive and it is true Men do love it! I suggest to everyone that you make it as written. I too wanted to doctor up the tomato sauce but when you do that you loose the lovely green onion flavour that should be the star in this recipe. I also use real butter and omit the green peppers. Try it! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
12/18/2007
Very good. I made a more hearty spaghetti sauce then this recipe called for. (using garlic herbs and spices ect) I also added about 1 cup of grated Monterey jack cheese to the filling and I topped it with grated cheddar. Hearty and good! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
04/24/2005
I used ground chicken and Penne pasta because that was all I had. I also substituted the new Campbell's creamy ranchero tomato soup for part of the tomato sauce and left out the sour cream. Might need to season the meat a little next time some paprika or garlic maybe. Overall it was good! Read More
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Rating: 2 stars
08/19/2006
Although this recipe was easy to prepare the dish did not have much flavor at all. Sorry but I don't think I would make it again. If I were I would use salsa instead of tomato sauce for an extra boost Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
09/27/2002
A must on anyones rotation. Easy to make everyone likes it...GREAT comfort food. I love this dish even though it's not the most beautiful on the table. Kids favorite! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
08/12/2009
I omitted the butter totally. Didn't see any need for it at all. I added 1 tbsp of garlic tsp oregano and parsley 1 cp ricotta cheese in place of the cottage cheese and 3/4 cp sour cream for the cheese mixture. I mixed in 1 can rotell with 1 1/2 lbs of ground meat instead of the 1 lb ground meat. I layered the nooodles cheese mix and meat topped with mozzerella cheese then repeated a second time. Left everything else the same in the recipe! I did let it sit for about 15 minutes to cool. YUM YUM! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
04/25/2003
This recipe is excellent! It's true all the men love it! Was so easy to put together and it comes out just delicious! Thanks for this great recipe. Read More
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