My mom rarely bought Hamburger Helper when I was a kid. But when she did, it was like a little treat reserved for when her and my dad would go on date nights and my brother was in charge of watching me. I loved it when it was just me and my brother. We would watch a movie we both were into - sometimes something scary - find fun ways of entertaining ourselves and he would always cook us dinner.
As an adult, I cannot eat those Helpers from the box anymore. The salt content has me gasping for air and it makes me wonder how I ever choked the stuff down. This here noodle bake is another story. To me, this tastes like a homemade version of the classic Hamburger Helper and it's so simple to prepare, probably even easier than the boxed version.
It's such an easy meal and it goes perfectly with a side salad. So, the next time you're tempted to buy Hamburger Helper, make this instead and be more satisfied without half the salt!
Sour Cream Noodle Bake
(Source: The Pioneer Woman)
1 lb ground beef
1 can (15 ounces) tomato sauce
1/2 tsp salt
Freshly ground black pepper
8 oz egg noodles
1/2 cup sour cream- I used fat free
1 1/4 cup small curd cottage cheese- I used low fat
1 cup grated cheddar cheese
Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees.
Brown ground beef in a skillet over med-high heat. Drain fat and then add tomato sauce, salt and black pepper. Stir and simmer while you prepare the rest of the ingredients.
Cook noodles until al dente. Drain and set aside.
In a medium bowl, combine sour cream and cottage cheese. Add plenty of fresh ground pepper. Add to noodles and stir.
To assemble, add half of the noodles to a greased 9x13 baking dish. Top with half of the meat mixture, then sprinkle on half of the grated cheese. Repeat noodles, meat, and cheese. Bake for 20 minutes or until cheese is melted.