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.

French onion beef casserole on a white plate.

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, chicken spaghetti, spaghetti pie (kind of like a 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.

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.

How to make French onion beef casserole?

  1. First, preheat your oven to 350°F. and grease a 9×13-inch casserole dish with non-stick cooking spray.
  2. 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.
  1. Once they’re done, drain the noodles and chill them will cold tap water to stop the cooking process.
  2. 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.
  1. 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.
  1. 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.
  1. Stir the mixture as it comes to a simmer for 2-3 minutes. Then, turn off the heat and stir in the noodles.
  2. 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.
  1. Place the dish into the oven to bake (uncovered) for about 15-minutes. Now, remove it from the oven.
  2. Top the French onion beef casserole with fried onions and return the dish to the oven.
Casserole with shredded cheese.
  1. Last, continue cooking the casserole for 5-10 minutes or until the onions are crispy and golden brown.
  2. 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.

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 4-5 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.

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French Onion Beef Casserole

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Author: Kimberly
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes
Servings: 8 Servings


  • 12 ounces wide egg noodles, cooked according to package directions
  • 1 pound ground beef, (We used 93/7.)
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 16 ounces French onion dip, refrigerated variety (1 container)
  • 10 ½ ounces cream of mushroom soup, 1 can
  • 1 ½ cups Gruyere cheese, shredded
  • 2 cups French fried onions


  • Preheat the oven to 350°F, and lightly grease a 9 x 13-inch baking dish. Set aside.
  • 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.
    12 ounces wide egg noodles
  • 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.
    1 pound ground beef
    1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 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.
    16 ounces French onion dip
    10 ½ ounces cream of mushroom soup
  • Combine the pasta and beef mixture, then transfer to the prepared casserole dish. Top with the shredded cheese.
    1 ½ cups Gruyere cheese
  • 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.
    2 cups French fried onions
  • Serve the casserole hot, and store the leftovers in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.


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.


Serving: 1.25cups | Calories: 591kcal | Carbohydrates: 42g | Protein: 28g | Fat: 33g | Saturated Fat: 16g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 6g | Trans Fat: 0.4g | Cholesterol: 102mg | Sodium: 952mg | Potassium: 370mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 263IU | Vitamin C: 0.3mg | Calcium: 351mg | Iron: 2mg
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  1. This one is a keeper! I used golden mushroom soup instead of cream of mushroom (just don’t like it) and I added a generous 1/2 cup of half and half to the mixture so it wouldn’t be too dry. I used mozzarella cheese because that’s all I had on hand, but I’m definitely going to try a swiss/gruyere blend next time since I think it would blend best with the other flavors. Everyone loved it, even the picky kid!

    Since the recipe is enough to fill a 13×9, I split it into two 8x8s…one for now, and one for the freezer.

    1. We’re so glad everyone enjoyed the casserole! Separating it into 2 pans is a great idea. Thank you so much for coming back to comment and rate the recipe. Have a wonderful evening! 🙂

  2. It was so yummy! Everything you want and everything you need on a cold winters night for Supper. The Men folk loved it! Thank you for sharing!
    PS, I read the comments and added some heavy cream. This is a marriage proposal recipe!!!

    1. Thank you Ms. Jimi, we’re glad everyone enjoyed the recipe. The sour cream is an awesome addition. Thanks again for commenting and rating the recipe! Have a lovely day 🙂

  3. Can you make the French onion homemade dip using the French onion soup packets and then use that in the casserole?

    1. Hi Danielle!

      We haven’t tested that and can’t say for sure how it would work. My concern would be that it might separate as the casserole bakes since it’s not pre-mixed. However, it may work great! If you decide to try it, we’d love to know how it works out. Enjoy the rest of your weekend! 🙂

  4. Holy crap this was AMAZINGA. I honestly could have eaten the noodle mixture as a dish alone, but the cheese and those crispy onions took it to another level. 10/10

  5. Is the initial bake period covered, or uncovered? I assume uncovered as it doesn’t say either way.

  6. This recipe is ready, delicious, and full of flavor! (I did tweak it slightly) The only thing I would recommend doing differently, is I would use 2 cans of soup instead of one. Everything was prefect the body night we had it, but I feel like any leftovers could be dry. But overall= excellent

  7. Didn’t even know there is such a thing as refrigerator dip. Why can’t I use the snack aisle variety?

    1. Hi Shirley!

      We haven’t tested that one out, so we can’t say how it will work. The recipe was developed using the refrigerated version. If you get a chance to try it using the snack aisle variety, we’d love to know how it turns out. Have a great weekend! 🙂

    1. Hi Kathy!

      You could substitute regular Swiss cheese shredded off the block, not the pre-shredded variety. Mozzarella shredded off the block will also work in a pinch. Have a great weekend! 🙂

  8. This was soooo good! It reheats good too, although I did add some sour cream to it(perfect). My husband just kept saying how good it was and I would DEFINITELY use the fried onions!!!

  9. 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?

    1. 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 🙂

  10. 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

    1. 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!

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

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

  12. 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.

    1. 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!

    1. Good Morning Michelle, that’s a good question. You can use any kind of cheese you want or have on hand. Cheddar, mozzarella, Monterrey Jack, or even Parmesan will work for this recipe. Thanks for dropping by to ask a question. Have a lovely day 🙂

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