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French Onion Beef Casserole

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Our French onion beef casserole combines savory ground beef, egg noodles, and French onion dip to create a warm and filling dish.

Over the years, Kim and I have shared a lot of different casseroles. A quick search on our site will give you plenty of options.

For example, you’ll a find a chicken Doritos casserole, a creamy chicken noodle casserole, easy tuna casserole, and even a crescent roll breakfast casserole.

Today, we’re adding to that list with our new French onion beef casserole using ground beef.

French onion beef casserole on a white plate.
This dish is similar to green bean casserole, but with beef and noodles instead of green beans.

It’s a rich, creamy casserole dish that’s warm and filling. Imagine a Hamburger Helper skillet casserole with a French onion twist.

Try this recipe on a cold day and you won’t be disappointed! So, shall we get started?

Casserole topped with crispy fried onions in a baking dish.
Garnish the dish with fresh parsley or sliced green onions.

How to make French onion beef casserole?

First, preheat your oven to 350 degrees F. and grease a 9×13-inch casserole dish with non-stick cooking spray.

After that, pre-cook the egg noodles using the package directions. See the tips section below to avoid mushy noodles.

Cooked egg noodles in a glass bowl.
Don’t over cook the noodles, they need to be cooked al dente.

Once they’re done, drain the noodles and chill them will cold tap water to stop the cooking process.

Next, place the ground beef and Worcestershire sauce into a large skillet and cook the beef over low-medium heat.

Cooked ground beef in a pan.
For our recipe, we used 93/7 ground beef.

When the ground beef has completely cooked, drain the excess grease and return the meat to the skillet.

You’ll still use low-medium heat for the following steps of the recipe.

Mixed mushroom soup, French onion dip, and ground beef in a skillet.
The soup and the dip add a ton of flavor to the casserole.

Afterward, open the can of cream of mushroom soup and the container of French onion dip.

Pour them both into the skillet with the cooked ground beef and combine the ingredients.

Cooked egg noodles on top of ground beef mixture in a skillet.
The egg noodles will soak up all those flavors!

Stir the mixture as it comes to a simmer for 2-3 minutes. Then, turn off the heat and stir in the noodles.

Transfer the ingredients to the prepared baking dish and cover the beef and noodle casserole with shredded Gruyere cheese.

Ground beef and egg noodles in a baking dish.
The bake time for this casserole is pretty short.

Place the dish into the oven to bake (uncovered) for about 15-minutes. Now, remove it from the oven.

Top the French onion beef casserole with fried onions and return the dish to the oven.

Casserole with shredded cheese.
We used Gruyere cheese, but you can use any type of cheese you like.

Last, continue cooking the casserole for 5-10 minutes or until the onions are crispy and golden brown.

Remove the dish from the oven and serve. That’s it, the recipe is done! Kim and I hope you enjoy it and wish you all the best 🙂

Casserole topped with French fried onions.
Crispy fried onions are the perfect topping.

Recipe Tips & FAQ’s:

  • For our recipe, used 93/7 ground beef. You can use beef with a higher fat content; however, you will need to drain the beef before adding the soup and French onion dip.
  • We recommend cooking the egg noodles until they’re al dente. Otherwise, they’ll be mushy by the time to casserole finishes baking.

Can I freeze beef and noodle casserole?

Yes, once it has been cooked and cooled, it can be frozen. When properly stored, it will hold for up to 2-months in your freezer.

How long does French onion ground beef casserole last?

If you store it in a sealed container, in your fridge, it will last for 3-4 days.

Can I use ground turkey in place of ground beef?

Absolutely, you can substitute ground turkey for ground beef in this recipe.

Ariel view of beef noodle casserole with French fried onions.
Now that the casserole has baked, it’s ready to serve.

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Casserole topped with crispy fried onions in a baking dish.

French Onion Beef Casserole

Yield: 10 Cups
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes

Our French onion beef casserole combines savory ground beef, egg noodles, and French onion dip to create a warm and filling dish.

Ingredients

  • 12 Ounces Wide Egg Noodles, cooked according to package directions
  • 1 Pound Lean Ground Beef (We used 93/7.)
  • 1 Tablespoon Worcestershire Sauce
  • 1 (16 Ounce) Container French Onion Dip, refrigerated variety
  • 1 (10.5 Ounce) Can Cream of Mushroom Soup
  • 1 ½ Cups Gruyere Cheese, shredded
  • 2 Cups French Fried Onions

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F, and lightly grease a 9 x 13-inch baking dish. Set aside.
  2. Cook the egg noodles according to the package directions, but drain them when they are al dente (still have a bite). Run cold water over the noodles, drain again, and set aside.
  3. While the noodles cook, brown the ground beef. Heat a large skillet over low-medium heat. Add the ground beef and Worcestershire sauce. Cook until the beef is cooked through and no pink remains. Drain the excess grease, then return the beef to the skillet.
  4. Add the French onion dip and cream of mushroom soup. Stir to combine. Bring the mixture to a simmer and cook for 2 to 3 minutes.
  5. Combine the pasta and beef mixture, then transfer to the prepared casserole dish. Top with the shredded cheese.
  6. Bake for 15 minutes. Remove the casserole from the oven and add the French fried onions. Return the casserole to the oven, and bake for an additional 5 to 10 minutes until the French fried onions are lightly browned.
  7. Serve the casserole hot, and store the leftovers in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.

Notes

The calories listed are an approximation based on the ingredients in the recipe card and a serving size of 1.25 cups of French onion beef casserole. Actual calories will vary. For more information and tips, please refer to the post.

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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 8 Serving Size: 1.25 Cups
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 516Total Fat: 32gSaturated Fat: 13gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 14gCholesterol: 103mgSodium: 797mgCarbohydrates: 31gFiber: 2gSugar: 4gProtein: 27g

*The calories are an estimate and are based on the ingredients and serving size listed. The calories can vary depending on the brand of product purchased.

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Allen

Tuesday 16th of February 2021

Hi! Thank you for the recipe. We enjoyed it. I have one question please. It was a little dry. Can I add a extra can of soup or maybe some milk?

John

Wednesday 17th of February 2021

Good Morning Allen, glad to hear you enjoyed it. Sorry it turned it out a little dry. Personally, I would start with 1/2 cup of heavy cream and see how it turns out. I would avoid adding more soup due to the salt content. In regards to using milk, it may water down the casserole if the fat content isn't high enough (ex. 2%). We hope this information helps, have a lovely day :)

Melissa

Friday 12th of February 2021

What brand French Onion dip do you recommend? Refrigerated like Dean's or Kraft, or more like canned or jarred that are usually on the chip aisle at the grocery? Thanks

Kimberly

Friday 12th of February 2021

Hi Melissa! That's a great question. We use whatever refrigerated brand is available or on sale. We don't use the canned/jarred variety from the chip aisle. Hope that helps! Have a wonderful weekend!

Charlotte

Wednesday 3rd of February 2021

Any suggestion for pasta substitute? I don't eat pasta.

John

Thursday 4th of February 2021

Good morning Charlotte, I would recommend mashed potatoes, skillet potatoes (precooked), or cubed hashbrown potatoes. I hope this information helps, have a lovely day :)

Linda Forstmann

Wednesday 27th of January 2021

I don't like cream of mushroom soup or mushrooms at all. What can I substitute for this? Cream of celery?

John

Wednesday 27th of January 2021

Good Morning Linda, sure, you can use cream of celery instead. Furthermore, you can use a canned cream of celery soup or our homemade version found here: https://www.berlyskitchen.com/cream-celery-soup-substitute/ Thank you for asking your question, have a great day :)

Susan

Monday 25th of January 2021

I love a good caserol and this looks like it would be great...although. with almost 800mg of sodium per serving it seem like a "wow" amount of sodium. Between the French onion dip, cream of mushroom soup, worstershire sauce and french fried onions it's a salt packed recipe. Are there any suggested substitutions, for instance homemade mushroom gravy instead of cream of mushroom soup, use low sodium salt, like pink himalayan, etc? It sounds delicious, but the total sodium has me rethinking this recipe.

Kimberly

Monday 25th of January 2021

Hi Susan!

We'd recommend adding salt to taste, and pink Himalayan salt is a great option. The French fried onions and cheese amounts can be adjusted as needed. That will help reduce the sodium some. As far as substituting an entire ingredient, we have a ton of homemade "cream of soup" recipes here on our site. One of them is cream of mushroom substitute. It will work great in place of the canned version for this casserole, and you're able to control how much salt in our version. Hope that helps. :) Have a wonderful day!

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