This beef noodle casserole recipe is honestly from the 1950s. I know, cause I got it from a book that isn’t in print anymore. You can find used copies of that cookbook on Amazon.com. (That is my affiliate link. I earn a portion of the sale at no extra cost to you).
I made 2 versions of the recipe. Here is the first version:
I didn’t exactly like how that picture turned out, so I rephotographed it. You can see the new pictures below.
Both times, I followed the recipe exact – except for the olives. I can’t stand olives. I’m sorry, I had to omit them.
So what did I think of this recipe? Read on to learn where I found it, how I made it, and what I thought.
An Authentic Recipe from the 1950s
A little while ago, I purchased a cookbook at a garage sale. It was a gem of a find! In the 1950s, a bunch of US Military Officer wives compiled a collection of their favorite casseroles! There are over 200 of them inside and I am going to share one casserole with you each week!
Can you tell I am excited?
This week’s recipe is insanely easy – Beef & Noodle Casserole. Let me know what you think! Did you make this for your family?
This is the finished product. Not the most photogenic casserole ever. But you can just see all the flavors that fill the plate! And you can see the fiber and veggies inside too.
Beef Noodle Casserole – from the 1950s
The entire recipe is at the bottom of this post. It’s incredibly simple and feeds 12 people! I’m not even exaggerating. Here is a picture of the recipe from the cookbook:
One of my favorite things about this cookbook are the bylines. It gave me a little peep into the social constructs of the 1950s. The women are not listed by their names, but by whom they are married to. I wish I knew who Mrs. G. C. Powell is, but I’m so glad she submitted this recipe. It’s delicious!
The First Step – Brown the Beef, Onion & Peppers
Not much different here. I’ve made quite a few recipes by browning garlic, onion, peppers and ground beef together. Simple! I personally enjoy adding garlic to this mixture, but I wanted to follow the recipe and see how it turned out. Honestly, I think it is missing the garlic.
Next Step – Mix All The Ingredients
Honestly, I did not use creamed corn. I used a can of corn kernels. This was at the request of my husband. I’ve made this one time before with creamed corn. When you mix it up with creamed corn it looks like a ton of liquid in the dish. Thankfully, the liquid does indeed cook out and it comes out tasting amazing! Just bake at 350 degrees for 45 minutes! Done!
Final Thoughts – Is it Good?
Wow! Surprisingly, it came out alright! The liquid baked out and the flavors were subtle but very popular with my little children. Yes, it’s a bit bland….I might add more spices to it next time. But it’s a great recipe for lots of different palates.
Everyone ate it up!! It really does serve 12 people. If you have a crowd coming over for dinner, fix this dish. It doesn’t come out very pretty – the presentation is unexpected. But it is so filling and all the flavors are subtle. Feel free to add your favorite spices to the dish.
Tips to Make it Better
The flavors are so subtle, it needs something added to it. For the sake of this post (sharing an authentic recipe from the 50s) I didn’t make any changes. But I would personally add some garlic powder, red pepper flakes, and a lot more cheese.
You ready for the recipe? Here’s a printable version! Don’t forget to pin this post to Pinterest and share it with your friends. Thank you!
- 8 ounces noodles
- 1.5 lbs ground beef
- 1 medium onion, chopped fine
- 1 medium green pepper, chopped
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
- 1 8oz can diced tomatoes
- 1/2 pound cheddar cheese, chopped fine or shredded
- 1 8oz can creamed corn
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees
- Boil noodles, drain, set aside.
- Brown beef, onion and green pepper, add salt and pepper
- In a large mixing bowl, add all ingredients
- Pour into 2-3 quart casserole dish
- Bake at 350 degrees for 45 minutes
Serving Size:1/2 cup
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 283 Total Fat: 16g Saturated Fat: 7g Trans Fat: 1g Unsaturated Fat: 7g Cholesterol: 69mg Sodium: 335mg Carbohydrates: 12g Fiber: 1g Sugar: 2g Protein: 21g