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Hamburger & Sour Cream Casserole

Source: © EatingWell Magazine
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Active Time:  30 Minutes
Total Time:  1 Hour 25 Minutes
  6 servings
If you've been missing the gooey goodness of a sour cream and hamburger noodle casserole, grab a fork. The EatingWell Test Kitchen has updated this comfort-food classic so it has about half the calories and one-quarter the fat of the original.
2 bunches  scallions, trimmed
1/2 pound  lean ground beef, preferably ground round
1 1/2 teaspoons  canola oil
1/2 cup  bulgur
2 cloves  garlic, minced
2 8-ounce cans  tomato sauce
1/2 cup  water
salt & freshly ground pepper to taste
6 ounces  no-yolk egg noodles
1 cup  1% cottage cheese
1 cup  reduced-fat sour cream
1/4 cup  grated extra-sharp cheddar cheese
Preheat oven to 350°F. Coat a 2-quart baking dish or with nonstick spray. Put a large pot of salted water on to boil.

Separate white and green parts of scallions; thinly slice both parts and reserve separately.

Cook ground beef in a large skillet over medium-high heat, breaking up clumps with a wooden spoon, until no longer pink, 3 to 5 minutes. Transfer to a plate lined with paper towels. Wipe out skillet.

Add oil to the pan and reduce heat to medium-low. Add bulgur, garlic and reserved scallion whites. Cook, stirring, until the vegetables soften, 5 to 7 minutes. Add tomato sauce, water and beef; bring to a simmer. Cover and simmer gently until the bulgur is tender and sauce is thickened, 15 to 20 minutes. Season with salt and pepper.

Meanwhile, cook noodles until al dente, 6 to 10 minutes. Drain and rinse under cold water.

Puree cottage cheese in a food processor until smooth. Transfer to a large bowl; fold in sour cream and the reserved scallion greens. Season with salt and pepper.

Layer half the noodles in the bottom of the prepared pan. Top with half the cottage cheese mixture and half the meat sauce. Repeat with remaining noodles, cottage cheese and sauce. Sprinkle Cheddar over the top.

Bake the casserole until bubbly, 30 to 40 minutes. Let stand for 10 minutes before serving.

Recipe reprinted by permission of © EatingWell Magazine. All rights reserved.
Date Added: 01/01/2008
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 Casserole Classics: Ground Beef
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Nutrition Facts per Serving
Yield:   6 servings
Calories: 377
Fat. Total: 14g
Protein: 22g
Carbohydrates, Total: 41g
Fat, Saturated: 7g
Fiber: 5g
Cholesterol: 52mg
Sodium: 757mg
% Cal. from Fat: 33%
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Rating: 2
by: Julia, CA Reviewed: 05/22/2010
Dull, but filling
This recipe is similar to a vegetarian casserole I have made for years. I'll stick with my vegetarian version!
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