Best thing about ground beef is that it is inexpensive and versatile. That is why many ingredients complements its flavor. Not just that, there are more great reasons to make ground beef recipes today. Ground beef is healthy and have a lot more nutritional benefits as compared with the other meats. Beef is a great source of protein. In fact studies shows that women with higher intakes of a naturally occurring trans fats found in beef had denser bones compared to women with lower intakes. Now, it seems like you’re pretty much convince about the benefits you can get with ground beef recipes.
Ground beef recipes: Creamy Hamburger Noodle Casserole
Ground beef recipes include different ingredients which greatly complements the flavor of the meat. However, in this recipe, the lean ground meat is combined with whole-grain bulgur and egg noodles which are not that common in the kitchen world. What is even more amazing about this recipe is that the meat and noodles are combined with creamy tomato sauce, topped with Cheddar cheese baked in a casserole.
- 2 bunches scallions (trimmed)
- 8 ounces ground beef (90% lean)
- 1 1/2 teaspoons canola oil
- 1/2 cup bulgur
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 2 8-ounce cans tomato sauce
- 1/2 cup water
- 1/4 teaspoon salt,
- Ground pepper
- 6 ounces no-yolk whole-wheat egg noodles
- 1 cup low-fat cottage cheese
- 1 cup reduced-fat sour cream
- 1/4 cup shredded extra-sharp Cheddar cheese
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Apply cooking spray in a 2 quarts baking dish. Boil water on a large pot.
Separate the white and green parts of scallions. Slice them thinly and reserve separately.
On a large skillet cook the beef over a medium-high heat. Break up clumps with a wooden spoon until cook. This will take you about 3 to 5 minutes. Transfer the beef to plate lined with paper towels.
In a large pan, add oil and heat over medium low. Add bulgur, garlic and the reserved white scallion parts. Cook and stir constantly until the scallions are soft. Add the tomato sauce, water and beef. Bring the mixture to simmer, cover and cook until the bulgur is tender and the sauce is thickened. This will take you 15 to 20 minutes. Season with 1/8 teaspoon salt and pepper.
On the large pot of water you prepare earlier, cook the noodles until just tender. This will take you about 8 minutes. Drain and rinse thoroughly under cold water.
Using a food processor, puree the cottage cheese until smooth. Transfer to a bowl and fold in sour cream and the reserved green scallions. Season the remaining 1/8 teaspoon salt and pepper.
On the pan you prepared earlier, spread half the noodles and top half the cottage cheese mixture and half the meat sauce. Repeat the remaining noodles, cottage cheese and sauce. Top with cheddar cheese. Bake the beef and noodles until bubbly. This will take 30 to 40 minutes. Cool for 10 minutes before serving.
Ground beef recipes: Recipe Notes
The bulgur used in the recipe is made by parboiling, drying and grinding wheat berries. Soak in hot water before use. Purchase only the best for your ground beef recipes especially the meat.