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Beefy Noodle Casserole

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This is the coziest, most mouth-watering Beef Noodle Casserole, and let me tell you, it’s a game-changer! Once you make it, you’ll definitely add it to your regular rotation!


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Ahh! Tender noodles. Savory ground beef. Creamy, cheesy sauce. All topped with a buttery, crunchy cracker crust. 

Holy moly!

It’s the kind of comfort food that makes you want to curl up with a big bowl right this second!

Ground beef and noodle casserole is super easy to make with simple ingredients you probably already have.

And it’s the perfect comfort food! Chilly nights. Weekdays. Even holidays! You’ll love it!

Plus you can tweak the ingredients based on what you have at home. Totally customizable!

And leftovers (if you have any!) taste even better the next day. So yay for great lunches!

Beef and noodle casserole is a surefire hit with the whole family! Even with the pickiest eaters.


All ingredients for beef noodle casserole laid out on counter


What Ingredients Are in Beef Noodle Casserole?

This beef noodle casserole recipe is a delicious recipe that picky eaters will love!

  • Ground beef: Lean ground beef cooked until it’s no longer pink.
  • Yellow onion: Dice it finely for the best texture.
  • Canned corn: Drain it well to keep the casserole from being too watery.
  • Cream of chicken soup: Feel free to experiment with other cream soups for different flavors.
  • Sour cream: Let it come to room temperature for smoother mixing.
  • Seasonings (salt, black pepper, paprika): These spice up the casserole. Yum!
  • Dry elbow noodles: Cook them al dente according to package directions for the best texture.
  • Sharp cheddar cheese: Because everything’s better with cheese!
  • Ritz crackers & melted butter: Tthe perfect crunchy topping!
  • A little extra paprika for the topping: Because a little bit of spice makes everything nice.

Pro tips:

  • To make sure the noodles don’t get mushy, cook them just until al dente.
  • Grate your own cheddar cheese for the best melting and flavor.


ground beef and onion cooked in a skillet


How to Make Beef Noodle Casserole

This great casserole is going to be one of your favorite recipes!

Here’s how to make it:

  1. Cook the noodles. You want them just right.
  2. Cook beef and onion together in large skillet over medium heat.
  3. Mix in the corn, cream soup, and sour cream, then season well.
  4. Stir in the noodles and cheese. You’ll get a deliciously creamy mixture!
  5. Transfer to a casserole dish and add the cracker topping.
  6. Bake until it’s bubbling and golden on top, then dive in!

Pro tips:

  • For an extra crispy topping, broil for the last 1-2 minutes, but watch it closely!
  • Let the casserole sit for a few minutes after baking for easier serving.


Corn, cream of chicken soup and sour cream added to ground beef mixture


Can You Add Peas to Beef Noodle Casserole?

Peas can be a great addition to this easy ground beef recipe! 

First, they’re a fun pop of color. Plus they have a sweet, slightly earthy flavor.

I love them, but my hubby doesn’t so I didn’t list them in the recipe.

But if you love them, absolutely you can add them!

Just mix in a cup of frozen peas when you add the corn.

This is a great way to sneak more veggies into your meal.


creamy ground beef mixture without noodles


Can You Make Beef Noodle Casserole Ahead of Time?

Yes, making this easy casserole recipe ahead of time is a great way to prepare for busy nights. 

Just assemble the casserole.

Then cover it with plastic wrap or aluminum foil, and refrigerate. 

When you’re ready to eat, bake it as directed.

You’ll probably want to add a few extra minutes to the cooking time since it’s starting from cold.


noodles and cheese added to creamy beef mixture


How to Store Leftover Beef Noodle Casserole

To store leftover hamburger casserole, let it cool to room temperature.

Then cover the dish with plastic wrap or aluminum foil. 

You can also transfer individual portions in an airtight container. 

That’s my favorite way if I know it’s going to be going in a lunch box or to work or something.

It’ll keep in the fridge for 3-4 days.

It’s great for next-day lunches or even easy dinners. Why not get two dinners out of the same recipe?


Creamy Casserole in a skillet ready for cracker topping


Can You Freeze Beef Noodle Casserole?

This ground beef noodle casserole is perfect for freezing! 

You just need to make sure it’s cooled down to room temperature first.

Then you can cover it tightly with plastic wrap and then wrap it again with aluminum foil. 

This double layer helps keep out freezer burn and keeps your casserole tasting fresh. 

When you’re ready to enjoy it, just thaw it in the fridge overnight and reheat it in the oven. 

Delicious meal on busy nights? Yep!


butter and crushed crackers unmixed


Can I Use a Different Cream Soup in Beef Noodle Casserole?

While this cheesy beef noodle casserole calls for cream of chicken soup, you can easily substitute it!

Try cream of mushroom soup, tomato soup, or even cream of celery for a different flavor profile! 

Each type of soup will add its own unique taste to the casserole. 

So, feel free to experiment and find your favorite combination!


baked casserole with cracker topping.


What to Serve With Beef Noodle Casserole?

This hearty ground beef casserole pairs wonderfully with so many side dishes! 

Winter Fruit & Cashew Salad or Air Fryer Green Beans make a good contrast to the creamy casserole. 

Easy Garlic Bread or Focaccia Bread can also be great for dipping into the sauce. 

You don’t want that creamy goodness to go to waste! 

And if you’re looking for something a little different, try serving it with some Roasted Vegetables or a Creamy Coleslaw Recipe

Whatever you choose, you really can’t go wrong!


zoomed in image of plate full of noodle casserole


Additional Ground Beef Recipes You’ll Love…

This delicious dinner option is perfect a busy weeknight, a cozy meal for a chilly evening! It’s also just a great way to use up some pantry staples! 

Beef Noodle Casserole is a great way to bring the whole family together for a meal that everyone will enjoy!


Yield: 8 Servings

Beefy Noodle Casserole

zoomed in image of plate full of noodle casserole

This Beef Noodle Casserole combines noodles, ground beef, and creamy cheese under a crunchy topping for a perfect comfort food meal!

Prep Time 25 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes


  1. Preheat oven to 350*F
  2. Cook noodles according to package directions, drain and set aside.
  3. In a large deep skillet, cook ground beef and onion until ground beef is cooked through and onions are translucent. Remove from heat.
  4. Add corn, cream of chicken soup and sour cream. Mix well.
  5. Add salt, black pepper and paprika. Mix well.
  6. Add noodles and cheese and mix well.
  7. If your skillet is oven safe then leave it in your skillet. If not, then transfer to a 9x13 casserole dish.
  8. In a small bowl combine crushed crackers and butter.
  9. Sprinkle over top of casserole.
  10. Bake for 20 minutes until top is golden brown.
  11. Serve immediately.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 577Total Fat: 39gSaturated Fat: 20gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 14gCholesterol: 132mgSodium: 769mgCarbohydrates: 22gFiber: 1gSugar: 3gProtein: 34g
Originally Posted: May 12, 2017

Photos & Text Updated: April 2, 2024

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Wednesday 8th of May 2024

Make your reciped so we can put them into our pintetest accounts. I dont like the format you use... condimes too much paper.

Num's The Word

Thursday 9th of May 2024

There is actually a button at the top of the post to save it on pinterest. Thanks!


Tuesday 9th of April 2024

Is there a substitute for sour cream that you can use?

Num's The Word

Wednesday 10th of April 2024

Plain greek yogurt is always a good choice.


Thursday 4th of April 2024

The Beefy Noodle Casserole was a huge hit in my house! It was hearty, comforting, and packed with flavor. The perfect meal for a cozy night in.


Thursday 4th of April 2024

My kids loved this! It was really good and very easy to make!

Erin | Dinners, Dishes and Desserts

Thursday 4th of April 2024

It's beyond delicious! One of the best I've ever made!

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