Poor Man Husband Casserole

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Experience a hearty and comforting dish with Poor Man Husband Casserole. This simple yet flavorful recipe combines ground beef, creamy cheese, tomato sauce, and noodles to create a satisfying meal that’s perfect for busy weeknights or family gatherings.

Why Make This Recipe

Easy to prepare and budget-friendly, Poor Man Husband Casserole is a go-to option for those looking for a delicious and filling meal without breaking the bank. With basic ingredients and straightforward cooking steps, this dish is a crowd-pleaser that appeals to both adults and kids.

How to Make Poor Man Husband Casserole


  • 1 ½ lbs. Ground beef
  • 2 Cans tomato sauce 15oz. Each
  • 8 oz. Cream cheese
  • 8 oz. Sour cream
  • 8 oz. Egg noodles
  • 1 ½ C. Cheddar cheese
  • 2 tsp. Minced garlic
  • 1 tsp. Italian seasoning
  • 1 tsp. Sugar
  • Salt and pepper to taste


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Brown the ground beef in a skillet over medium-high heat on the stove. Drain excess grease.
  3. Add Italian seasoning and minced garlic to the skillet and sauté for 30 seconds.
  4. Pour in the tomato sauce, sugar, salt, and pepper. Cook for a few more minutes.
  5. Combine sour cream and cream cheese in a bowl.
  6. Cook the egg noodles to your desired doneness and drain.
  7. Layer half of the noodles in a greased 9×13 baking dish. Top with half of the cream cheese mixture and half of the meat.
  8. Repeat with another layer of noodles, cream cheese mixture, and ground beef.
  9. Sprinkle cheddar cheese on top and bake for 20-25 minutes.

How to Serve Poor Man Husband Casserole

Serve this casserole hot, straight from the oven. Pair it with a side salad or steamed vegetables for a complete meal.

How to Store Poor Man Husband Casserole

Store any leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. Reheat in the oven or microwave until heated through.

Tips to Make Poor Man Husband Casserole

  • Make sure to fully drain the ground beef after browning to prevent excess grease in the casserole.
  • Adjust the seasoning to your preference by adding more herbs or spices.
  • For a crispy top, broil the casserole for the last few minutes of baking.


To add more vegetables to the dish, consider mixing in some diced bell peppers, onions, or mushrooms into the meat mixture before layering.


  1. Can I use ground turkey instead of beef? Yes, ground turkey can be a leaner alternative to ground beef in this recipe.
  2. Can I substitute cottage cheese for cream cheese? While it may alter the texture slightly, cottage cheese can be used as a substitution for cream cheese.
  3. Can I prepare this casserole in advance? Yes, assemble the casserole ahead of time and bake it when ready to serve for a convenient meal option.

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