Cream cheese adds a smooth texture to this Cheesy Beef Casserole that includes lean ground round, cottage cheese and Parmesan.
4 cups uncooked medium egg noodles
1 pound lean ground round
3/4 cup chopped onion
2 8-ounce cans tomato sauce
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
1 8-ounce package softened fat-free cream cheese
1 cup small curd cottage cheese
1/2 cup grated fat-free Parmesan cheese
1/3 cup sliced green onions
1/4 cup chopped green bell pepper
Additional Parmesan cheese, fat-free, optional
Cook noodles according to package directions. Meanwhile, in a skillet, cook beef and onion over medium heat until meat is no longer pink; drain. Add tomato sauce, garlic powder, salt and pepper.
In a mixing bowl, combine the cream cheese, cottage cheese Parmesan, onions and green pepper. Drain the noodles; place half in a greased 13 x 9 x 2 inch baking pan. Top with half of the meat and cheese mixtures. Repeat layers. Sprinkle with additional Parmesan if desired.
Cover and bake at 350 degrees for 30 to 35 minutes or until heated through.
Recipe makes 6 servings.
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