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Saturday Noodle Bake

Saturday Noodle Bake
  • Prep 10 min
  • Total 30 min
  • Servings 6
After a Saturday full of running errands and cleaning house, making a complicated dinner is often not in the cards. Clear out your cupboards with this old family favorite. This pantry-friendly recipe feeds a bunch with hearty ground beef, noodles, a delish tomato-soup base and of course, a lot of cheese.
By TBSP Susan
Updated April 9, 2020

Ingredients

  • 3 cups dry elbow noodles
  • 1 lb ground beef (or ground turkey)
  • 1/3 cup chopped onion
  • 4 oz cream cheese or reduced-fat cream cheese
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon worcestershire sauce
  • 1 can (19 oz.) Progresso™ Soup Tomato Basil
  • 2 tablespoon butter, melted
  • 1 cup Wheaties™ cereal, slightly crushed
  • Grated cheese (for garnish), if desired
  • Fresh basil (for garnish), if desired

Steps

  • 1
    Cook noodles as directed on package. Set aside.
  • 2
    Brown ground meat with onions. Drain. Add cream cheese, salt, pepper, brown sugar, Worcestershire sauce, and soup. Stir to combine well. Simmer 5 minutes.
  • 3
    In a greased glass baking dish, add half of the noodles, then half of the meat mixture. Repeat layers.
  • 4
    In a small bowl, combine the slightly crushed Wheaties™ cereal and melted butter. Sprinkle mixture on top of casserole.
  • 5
    Bake for 20 minutes in preheated 350°F oven until heated through.
  • 6
    Sprinkle with grated cheese and fresh basil before serving, if desired.

Expert Tips

  • This recipe is flexible depending on what’s in your pantry. No noodles in the house? Try rice instead. No ground beef? Try ground turkey or chicken. No tomato soup? Try condensed mushroom soup instead.

Nutrition Information

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size: 1 Serving
Calories
600
Calories from Fat
190
Total Fat
22g
33%
Saturated Fat
10g
49%
Trans Fat
1g
Cholesterol
75mg
26%
Sodium
910mg
38%
Potassium
310mg
9%
Total Carbohydrate
75g
25%
Dietary Fiber
5g
19%
Sugars
11g
Protein
26g
% Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
15%
15%
Vitamin C
4%
4%
Calcium
6%
6%
Iron
35%
35%
Exchanges:
4 Starch; 0 Fruit; 1 Other Carbohydrate; 0 Skim Milk; 0 Low-Fat Milk; 0 Milk; 0 Vegetable; 0 Very Lean Meat; 0 Lean Meat; 0 High-Fat Meat; 2 Fat;
Carbohydrate Choice
5
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
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