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Cheesy noodle bake

Dan and I used to make a version of this dish years ago. We have often remembered it fondly, but for some reason we haven't replicated it until now. How silly! Our original version contained jalapeno peppers and I recall them adding the perfect zing. This version was made sans jalapenos in order to not burn the mouths of our young ones. I have found myself many times over the past few days crouched down in front of the open fridge, fork in hand, sneaking just "one more" teeny bite. It's a keeper. We will not be waiting another seven years to make it again!


Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F. Coat a 9x13 baking dish with cooking spray and set aside.

In a large saucepan, cook a 12-oz. package of egg noodles in boiling water according to package directions. Drain and rinse.

Place the following in a medium skillet:

1/2 large onion, chopped

1 pound ground beef

Salt and pepper, to taste

Cook over medium heat, stirring frequently, until the meat is no longer pink and the onions are soft. 

Remove from the heat.

Layer the prepared baking dish as follows:

Ground beef-onion mixture

Half of the cooked egg noodles

14.5-oz. can diced tomatoes

8-oz. package cream cheese, cut into 10 slices (omit this if you wish to slim down the dish)

8 oz. frozen corn kernels

Remaining egg noodles

1 cup cheddar cheese, shredded

2 tablespoons fresh flat-leaf parsley, chopped

Cover with aluminum foil and bake in the preheated oven for 45 minutes. Remove the foil and cook for an additional 15 minutes.


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Reader Comments (20)

I'm so excited to make this! Tyler will just love this! He's fanatic about casseroles!

02.27.2013 | Unregistered CommenterTorri

Yummy! This dish looks amazing. An great answer to what to do with the package of egg noodles in the pantry!

02.27.2013 | Unregistered CommenterJan Evett

Being empty nesters now (it will happen to you sooner than you think) we don't have to worry about spicy foods. When you did add the jalapenos did you cook them with the beef and onions or add them raw? How many did you use? Thanks.


02.27.2013 | Unregistered CommenterEd

Hi Ed! I can't remember what I did to the jalapenos, if anything, before adding them. Years of brain fog due to lack of sleep has clouded my memories a bit. :) If I had to guess, I'd say maybe I added them to the ground beef-onion mixture. If you end up adding them, let me know how it turns out!
ps. I'm definitely not looking forward to being an empty nester, but I cannot fathom the spice that will be flying around my kitchen!

02.27.2013 | Registered CommenterMegan Porta

I would add some extra liquid, It was a little dry, but it was very good. I'll make it again.

02.27.2013 | Unregistered CommenterWendy

OH THAT IS GOOOOOD! I'm about to eat up that photo up there! This is definitely our kinda dinner!! I make versions of this all the time.

03.2.2013 | Unregistered CommenterKate@Diethood

I added a can of cheddar cheese soup for a sauce base since it sounded dry. Hope it comes out good

09.23.2013 | Unregistered CommenterErika

This was delicious. I also added the can of cheddar cheese soup. Didn't care much for corn but I'm not a big corn person. My kids loved it. Might add some jalapeƱos for extra spice next time. Great recipe!

10.10.2013 | Unregistered Commenter281momof3

Can u make this ahead then put it in the oven to go?

10.28.2013 | Unregistered Commentercarmen

HI Carmen, this can definitely be made ahead of time! Good luck!

10.30.2013 | Registered CommenterMegan Porta

Do you drain the can of diced tomatoes before adding it???
Thanks! Im looking forward to making this!

11.10.2013 | Unregistered CommenterVal

Hi Val! Leave the juice in when you add the can of tomatoes! Enjoy!

11.10.2013 | Registered CommenterMegan Porta

This was pretty good. I didn't have egg noodles, so I used bow tie pasta. I also didn't have onion, but it still worked. I did add about a cup of milk and some Velveeta cheese. Yummy recipe.

01.9.2014 | Unregistered CommenterRobyn

Had good flavor and liked the "built-in" veggies. Would add liquid of some kind or try the cheddar or cheese sauce next time, as the top layer of noodles was dry.

01.14.2014 | Unregistered CommenterLyndsay

At what layer would I add the soup? Going to try this delicious looking recipe!

02.4.2014 | Unregistered CommenterErin

I decided to double this recipe because I knew my husband and kids would just eat it all very quickly! this was so good and I will be making it again Thanks for the recipe , and ( I did add crumbled bacon on top )

03.14.2014 | Unregistered Commentergeeshecooks

The photos do not look like the ground beef was included. The pics look wonderful and I'm trying this without the ground beef this weekend. Donna G

03.15.2014 | Unregistered CommenterDonna

This was delicious! I followed the recipe, added some jalepenos and maybe a little extra cheese and it turned out perfect! My husband scored it a 10 and it is very rare that happens :-) THANK YOU!

04.24.2014 | Unregistered CommenterAlycia

I made this tonight with frozen broccoli (all out of corn) family loved it

06.10.2014 | Unregistered Commenterjade

Trying this for supper tomorrow :-* Looks great!

07.15.2014 | Unregistered CommenterSheila

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