Sunday, January 30, 2011

Amish Ground Beef and Noodle Casserole

I made a family favorite the other night, Amish Casserole. I would strongly suggest covering this casserole for at least half of the time it spends in the oven. I found that mine turned out too dry if it wasn't covered. Recently I have enjoyed putting shredded cheddar on top of the casserole, which you can add the last 10 to 20 minutes that it is baking.

I love, love, love this casserole. My mom made it growing up so it just makes me feel comforted. Ready for the recipe?

Amish Ground Beef and Noodle Casserole
Serves 6-8

  • 2 cups sour cream (a 16-ounce container)
  • 2 cups small-curd cottage cheese (a 16-ounce container)
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped onion
  • 2 Tbsp. minced fresh parsley
  • 1 7- to 8-ounce package medium egg noodles
  • 1 Tbsp. vegetable oil
  • 2 pounds lean ground round or well-trimmed chuck
  • 1 6-ounce cans tomato paste
  • 1 small jar pizza sauce, about 14 oz.
  • 1 Tbsp. minced fresh basil, or 1 tsp. dried
  • 1 Tbsp. minced fresh oregano, or 1 tsp. dried
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 tsp. coarsely ground black pepper

1. In a small mixing bowl, combine the sour cream, cottage cheese, onion, and parsley; set aside. In a large saucepan, cook the noodles according to the package directions. Drain and set aside.

2. Heat the oil in a large saute pan, over medium heat, and add the ground beef, stirring now and then until the meat is no longer pink. Drain off all liquid and discard. Stir in the tomato paste, pizza sauce, basil, oregano, salt and pepper and simmer for 5 minutes.

3. Preheat the oven to 325-f degrees. Grease a 9 x 13-inch pan and begin layering as follows: one-third of the meat sauce, one-half of the noodles, and one-half of the sour cream mixture. Repeat these layers, ending with the meat sauce. Bake covered for 1 hour or until the casserole is bubbly. If you would like, remove the cover the last 20 minutes of baking to crunch up the topping a bit. Allow to stand for 15 minutes, then serve.

Adapted from a recipe from a fantastic cookbook that you should buy immediately, New Recipes from Quilt Country: More Food & Folkways from the Amish & Mennonites.


  1. This looks really similar to a St. Louis classic I posted a few weeks ago. When I first read the recipe I thought it sounded gross, but it was a childhood favourite of DH so I persevered and boy am I glad I did. YUM!

  2. This is going straight into my recipe box. My husband is part Pennsylvania-German, and he'll love this. Who doesn't love a good old fashioned casserole?

  3. This looks so yummy! I love the new look of your blog! I am also a follower, I would love it if you would stop by and look around my blog, and if you like what you see,I would love it you would follow back!


  4. This looks so delicious. I love a good noodle casserole and all of the ingredients sound amazing together!

  5. I'm originally from the Pennsylvania Dutch country and was drawn to the title. What a great recipe! Thanks so much! I would be honored if you would link up to my Commercial Break Thursday!


  6. We just love a great casserole and your Amish Ground Beef and Noodle Casserole looks delicious! Hope you have a great week end and thanks for sharing with Full Plate Thursday!
    Come back soon,
    Miz Helen

  7. I'm hopping over from your link-up and this looks awesome! Pinned!!!
    ~Stacy @ Stacy Makes Cents

  8. I was about to make this, and was hoping you could clarify if I'm supposed to cook the noodles before I layer them in the casserole or not? Thanks!

  9. Hi Mammamia - Sorry if anything was unclear. In the directions under step #1 it has you cook the noodles according to the package directions and drain.

  10. This looks so great. Thanks for linking up your recipes to my new Future Expat Required Ingredient Recipe link party. I think this is the first one I want to try!

  11. Just saw this via the Future Expat Incredient Recipe link party. Oh my goodness, this sounds delicious - and something my picky 9-year-old would even like! Definitely putting this on my "must try" list and pinning it for future use right now! :-)

  12. Congrats! This recipe was featured as one of the most popular recipes from last week's Future Expat Sunday Required Ingredient Recipe link party. I hope you'll come back and post to today's link party again...the theme this week is chicken.