kinda creamy pasta bake

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kinda creamy pasta bake | movita beaucoup

We’re winter eating. Yup. Here at the Cat Farm, we’re still winter eating. Because there has been no sun. Actually, that’s a lie, because yesterday, for the first time in a month, we had a few hours of sun. I didn’t see it because I was locked in the studio, but I’m told it was totally awesome. We woke up to rain again today – but that’s to be expected these days. So, we’ve been eating the same comfort food that we eat in the long months of winter. The food that is meant to help you push through. The kind of food that’s supposed to help you survive. 

kinda creamy pasta bake | movita beaucoup

This here pasta bake will totally make your day. Meaty sauce? Check. Tangy sour cream mixture? Check. Egg noodles? Check. Oh, and there are some green onions in there – I love green onions. It’s pretty basic – most pasta bakes are – but the delightful addition of sour cream and cottage cheese give the mundane a real kick in the popo.

kinda creamy pasta bake | movita beaucoup

You can use any sort of tomato sauce you might like. Because May is a super redonkulous month for me at work, I used a canned sauce (don’t judge me), but you could use homemade as well. I suppose you could leave the meat out  – throw in some zucchini or something. I think the sour cream and cottage cheese would still carry you to victory.

kinda creamy pasta bake | movita beaucoup

Go forth and gorge.

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Kinda Creamy Pasta Bake – adapted from The Pioneer Woman Cooks – download and print

  • 1 to 1 1/4 pound ground beef
  • 1 can (about 15 oz) tomato sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • black pepper
  • 8 ounces egg noodles (I use one regular sized package)
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1 to 1 1/4 cup cottage cheese
  • 1/2 cup sliced green onions
  • 1 cup grated cheddar cheese

Brown ground beef in a large skillet. Drain the fat, then add the tomato sauce. Season with 1/2 teaspoon salt and lots of black pepper. Stir, then simmer while you prepare the other ingredients.

Cook egg noodles until al dente. Drain and set aside.

In a medium bowl, combine the sour cream and cottage cheese. Add plenty of freshly ground black pepper (if you like that sorta thing). Stir in the green onions. Add the sour cream mixture to the noodles and stir.

Preheat oven to 350°F.

To assemble, spread half of the noodle mixture in a baking dish. Top with half the meat mixture, and sprinkle on half the grated cheddar. Repeat with a second layer of noodles, meat, then a final topping of cheese. Bake for 20 minutes, or until all cheese is melted.

10 Responses to kinda creamy pasta bake

  1. Rufus' Food and Spirits Guide May 18, 2011 at 2:35 pm #

    I could eat that year round!

  2. fattydumpling May 18, 2011 at 11:12 pm #

    Movita…you are a funny lady, indeed. ;] I like your conversations with 2.0. Niles is so gorgeous (and you have more cats?!) Pasta looks yummy. …I want a cat too.

  3. maudiemaudie May 19, 2011 at 4:46 pm #

    I love cottage cheese! But, we can’t get it here, boooo; So, when I made this for dinner tonight I used ricotta and creme fraiche and cream and Gruyére because there’s no cheddar either. Anyway, it was declared a success – “a bit like a cut up lasagne” ( that is good by the way). I think I should qualify as your official taste tester now, I have made several of your recipes. Will you be publishing them in a nice book with your lovely photos or do I have to print them all out and put them in a ring binder in weekly instalments?

    • movita May 21, 2011 at 8:00 am #

      I’m loving your adaptation of the recipe – and cut up lasagne is a very good description! That’s probably why we loved it so much… I appreciate your efforts as my official taster. For now, you’ll have to use a binder to store my recipes. You could decorate it with one of those photos of a kitten hanging off a branch with a slogan that reads: “hang in there.” Just a suggestion…

  4. Connie March 10, 2013 at 11:52 am #

    LOVE THIS! Followed the recipe to a T, and it was so delicious. Concerned that the recipe sounded kind of bland, but it was like little scrumptious surprises in my mouth with each bite. Hubby loved it too. Plan to make for guests with a good bread and lite salad. Yummm.

  5. Renee June 5, 2013 at 8:56 pm #

    First off, I hope some Saskatchewan sun finds you soon. Granted I had snow in my yard until May 1, but after that it’s been endless sunny days. Your pasta looks super comforting – just the stuff I’ll want to tuck into come October when i have to bust out the slippers again.

  6. natalie @ wee eats June 8, 2013 at 10:20 pm #

    This looks SO GOOD!!! I usually make my pasta bakes with ricotta, but I really like the idea of some tangy sour cream, and the cottage cheese will make me feel like I’m being all healthful-like!

    Aren’t scallions the best? Did you know you can keep them fresh (and even regrow their greens) if you stick them in a glass with a little water at the bottom? Amazing, right! SCALLIONS FOR EVERYONE ALL THE TIME YAAAYYY!

  7. movita beaucoup May 12, 2015 at 8:42 am #

    Comments on this post are now closed as it was published in May 2011. Happy cooking!

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