Beef Noodle Casserole

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Beef Noodle Casserole is a comforting dinner recipe that’s so very easy to make! Tender egg noodles are tossed together with seasoned ground beef, robust marinara sauce and cheese before being baked to perfection in just about 10 minutes. 

Craving more comfort? So are we! Once that temperature drops outside, we like to curl up with recipes like this casserole and other comforting dishes like Homemade Hamburger Helper, Old Fashioned Beef Stroganoff, and our favorite Instant Pot Potato Soup with Bacon!

Top down view of a wooden spoon scooping beef casserole.

Beef Noodle Casserole 

It’s sweater weather! This is one of my favorite times of the year, and not just because I get to move my sweaters and coats to the front of the closet.

It’s also when I make all of my favorite comforting dinner recipes! Beef Noodle Casserole is the definition of a hearty, warm, filling comfort meal. It checks all of the right boxes.

Kids love it just as much as grown-ups do, too! This noodle and beef casserole is a great way to sneak some protein onto even the pickiest of eaters’ plates. 

How to Make Beef Noodle Casserole

  1. Preheat your oven to 350°F and grease a baking dish. 
  2. Cook your egg noodles in salted water to al dente. 
  3. Cook the ground beef, onions, and garlic in a large skillet over medium heat. 
  4. Drain the excess grease. 
  5. Stir in the Worcestershire sauce and seasonings.
  6. Stir in the marinara sauce. Remove from heat. 
Ground beef in a skillet with seasonings.
Marinara poured over seasoned ground beef.
Egg noodles in a casserole dish.
  1. Transfer the cooked noodles, beef mixture, and half of the cheese to the baking dish. Stir to combine.
  2. Top it off with the remaining cheese and bake for 10-15 minutes.
Meat sauce and cheese added to egg noodles.
Shredded cheese added to the top of a ground beef casserole.
Melted cheese on top of a casserole.

Tips for the Best Beef Noodle Casserole

  • For a casserole with more sauce, use 8 ounces of egg noodles and keep the ground beef, sauce mixture and cheese the same.
  • You can use whatever marinara sauce you’d like. I recommend using a jar that you already are familiar with and like, that way you know you’ll like the final flavor of the casserole. 
  • For the best flavor, use fresh garlic, not pre-minced. 

Storage

Refrigerator: Beef Noodle Casserole stores well in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 4 days.

Freezer: This ground beef casserole with noodles freezes well. Cover the cooked and cooled casserole in a layer of plastic wrap followed by a layer of heavy duty aluminum foil and it should stay fresh for about 2 months.

Side view of cheesy beef noodle casserole.

Can I make Beef Noodle Casserole spicy?

You sure can! For some heat, simply use a spicy marinara sauce or toss in some crushed red pepper flakes along with the other spices. 

Why do I need to cook the egg noodles to al dente?

They’re going to cook a little bit more in the oven. If they’re fully cooked before they enter the oven, they’ll get mushy once baked. 

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Close up view of cheesy noodle and beef casserole.

Beef Noodle Casserole

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Author: Kimberly
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes
Servings: 10 Servings

Ingredients

  • 8 to 12 ounces wide egg noodles, uncooked
  • 1 to 1 ½ pounds ground beef
  • ½ cup white onion, finely diced
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • ½ teaspoon onion powder
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt
  • ¼ teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 24 ounces marinara sauce
  • 2 cups sharp cheddar cheese, shredded

Instructions
 

  • Preheat the oven to 350°F and lightly grease a 9×13-inch baking dish.
  • Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil, and cook the egg noodles to al dente, about 1 to 2 minutes less than the package directions. Drain and set aside.
    8 to 12 ounces wide egg noodles
  • Heat a large skillet over medium heat. Add the ground beef, onions and garlic.
    1 to 1 ½ pounds ground beef
    ½ cup white onion
    2 garlic cloves
  • Cook until the beef is cooked through and no longer pin. Drain any excess grease and return the beef to the pan.
  • Add the Worcestershire sauce, Italian seasoning, garlic powder, onion powder, salt and pepper. Stir to combine.
    1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
    1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
    1 teaspoon garlic powder
    ½ teaspoon onion powder
    ½ teaspoon kosher salt
    ¼ teaspoon ground black pepper
  • Pour in the marinara sauce and cook until heated through. Remove from heat.
    24 ounces marinara sauce
  • Transfer the noodles, beef mixture, and 1 cup of cheese to the prepared baking dish. Stir to combine.
  • Top with the remaining 1 cup of cheese and bake for 10-15 minutes or until the cheese melts.
  • Serve warm! See post for tips, FAQs, and storage options.

Nutrition

Serving: 1cup | Calories: 323kcal | Carbohydrates: 22g | Protein: 23g | Fat: 16g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 5g | Trans Fat: 0.4g | Cholesterol: 86mg | Sodium: 659mg | Potassium: 529mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 540IU | Vitamin C: 6mg | Calcium: 194mg | Iron: 3mg

Notes

*For a casserole with more sauce, use 8 ounces of egg noodles and keep the ground beef, sauce mixture and cheese the same.
*The calories listed are an approximation based on the ingredients in the recipe card and a serving size of 1 cup of casserole. Actual calories will vary.
*For more information, tips, and answers to frequently asked questions, please refer to the post.
*Inspired by the Beef Noodle Casserole recipe from Dinner at the Zoo.
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