Savory Hamburger Noodle Casserole


  • 8 oz whole wheat elbow noodles or similar whole wheat pasta such as rotini fusilli, or egg noodles
  • 2 1/2 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil divided
  • 3 medium carrots scrubbed and cut into 1/4-inch dice
  • 1 large yellow onion finely chopped
  • 1 green pepper cut into 1/4-inch dice
  • 3/4 tsp kosher salt
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 3 garlic cloves minced (about 1 tbsp)
  • 2 tsp hot sauce
  • 2 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 lb lean ground beef 93% lean recommended
  • 1/4 c low sodium beef broth chicken broth, or water
  • 1 8-oz can no salt added tomato sauce
  • 7 oz 2% plain Greek yogurt about 3/4 c
  • 1 1/2 c grated sharp cheddar cheese divided
  • 1/4 c panko breadcrumbs use whole wheat if available
  • 2 chopped green onions about 1/3 c, divided


  • Preheat Oven & Prepare Dish: Set your oven to 350°F. Lightly spray a 2 ½- to 3-quart casserole dish. With non-stick cooking spray.
  • Cook Pasta: In a large pot of boiling salted water. Cook the pasta. Until almost al dente. Drain and toss with 1/2 tbsp of olive oil.
  • Sauté Vegetables: In a large skillet or Dutch oven. Heat 2 tbsp of olive oil. Add the diced carrots, chopped onion, and diced green pepper with salt and pepper. Cook until the onions are soft and brown. About 10 minutes.
  • Add Spices and Beef: Stir in minced garlic, hot sauce, smoked paprika, and ground cumin. Cook for 30 seconds. Add the ground beef and cook. Breaking it up. Until browned. And cooked through.
  • Combine Liquids: Add broth. And scrape the pan’s bottom. Stir in the tomato sauce. And bring to a simmer for 3 minutes. Remove from heat.
  • Mix & Assemble: Stir the cooked pasta, Greek yogurt, and half of the cheddar cheese. Into the beef mixture. Transfer everything to the prepared casserole dish. Top with the remaining cheese, breadcrumbs, and half of the green onions.
  • Bake: Place in the oven. And bake for 15 minutes. Until the cheese is melted. And bubbly.
  • Broil & Serve: Switch to broil. And broil for 2-3 minutes. Until the breadcrumbs are golden. Let rest for 5 minutes. Garnish with the remaining green onions before serving.


To adapt this Savory Hamburger Noodle Casserole for a gluten-free diet. Simply use gluten-free pasta. Such as those made from rice or corn. Substitute whole wheat panko. With gluten-free breadcrumbs available in most grocery stores. And ensure that your beef. Or chicken broth is certified gluten-free. These straightforward swaps. Allow you to enjoy the same rich, comforting flavors. And textures without the gluten. Ensuring the dish is safe. And delicious. For everyone at your table.
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