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Poor Man Husband Casserole

Updated October 23, 2017
Poor Man Husband Casserole

Poor Man Husband Casserole is an "everything but the kitchen sink" type recipe. This easy and cheap casserole recipe is super tasty and will keep your wallet happy. When you're looking for budget friendly meals (aka poor man meals), it doesn't get better than this. Ground beef, cream cheese, sour cream, noodles, and cheese and tomato sauce make up this simple dinner casserole recipe. You can modify the ingredients based on what you already have at home, or make it as is. Either way, you'll have a super convenient and tasty casserole recipe that everyone will love. Get that fork ready, because dinner is served. 

  • 1 pound ground beef
  • garlic to taste
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 2 cans (8-ounces) tomato sauce
  • 8 ounces egg noodles
  • 8 ounces sour cream
  • 8 ounces cream cheese
  • 1 1/2 cup Cheddar cheese, shredded
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Cook and drain ground beef.
  3. Mix beef with garlic, salt, sugar and tomato sauce. Cover and simmer for 15 minutes.
  4. Cook and drain egg noodles.
  5. Mix sour cream and cream cheese together in a small bowl.
  6. Layer, in order twice - noodles, sour cream mixture, meat. Sprinkle Cheddar cheese on top.
  7. Bake at 350 degrees for 20 minutes.



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This is a good basic recipe, but it strikes me as being a trifle on the bland side. I would definitely add some additional spices like oregano, and like some of the other commenters below, add some chopped onion and green pepper to the ground beef while cooking. I'd also use one of the varieties of Prego sauce in place of just the plain tomato sauce.

What a fun mix of ingredients! My family will love this casserole. We love beef casseroles and pasta. I'm sure adding sour cream and cream cheese will make it creamy and tasty. We love comfort food casseroles at my house! All I have to do is come up with a vegetable to serve with it and I'm good to go.

Who doesn't love a good casserole? My family really enjoy casseroles and stews in colder weather. Like glorioushussy (below) I, too, sometimes replace the tomato sauce with tomatoes and I also chop an onion and brown it slightly with the garlic before adding the beef to cook. The sour cream and cream cheese mixture makes a delicious sauce and the dish is a real winner!

I make this with a couple of slight changes. Mine has green onions in the sour cream mixture and I use stewed tomatoes instead of tomato sauce. It's sooo yummy and goes a long way served with salad and bread.

This is a great modification. Thanks for sharing it with us! -Editor, RecipeLion

What do I bake it in - glass dish? if so do I need to coat with butter, oil, pam so it doesn't stick??

You can bake it in any casserole dish and spray a little Pam.

Don't forget....during the Depression era, food costs were MUCH lower than today!! THIS was an affordable meal then....but, with meat prices today, I would just lower the amount I would have to buy, if I had a family to feed!! It's still a gr8 dish!!

How many does this serve?

I made this about 2 weeks ago. It was very good. The taste and texture reminded me of Lasagna. The next time I will add ricotta cheese. Easy to make.

Tried this, and thought it was pretty good, but will season the tomato sauce with some herbs, add onion, and maybe some diced green peppers or add some mild green chilies next time

Sounds like a simple and tasty recipe but I calculated the cost of ingredients in my local area and it came to approximately just over ten dollars so not exactly a "poor" dish in my budget.

I used to make a casserole very similar to this but I added green onion tops (chopped) to the cream cheese mixture and it also called for bacon fried crisp and diced to the cream cheese also. Both ways are delicious.

This is a very good tasting dish. Resembles lasagna with egg noodles instead of lasagna noodles. I didn't have tomato sauce, so I made my own with canned diced tomatoes. The bottom was a little soupy. But, it was even better the next day. I think next time I will add ricotta and maybe sprinkle the cheddar cheese between the layer and not just on top.

It looks like it would taste good with tater tots instead of the noodles.

Just made this last night. It was delicious. My husband had two servings. Will definitely make it again. I left out the salt; the tomato sauce has plenty.

just made this...sounded so good. i didn't have any tom sauce, so i used a big jar of salsa sauce. had to double the recipe. 20 min seeeems so long :)

I love this recipe....The old Anderson Erickson Dairy sent this recipe out back in the 60's in Iowa...It's a time tested favorite...Thanks for sharing


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