Rowena's 1950's Hamburger Bake

Martha Price Recipe

By Martha Price Karenella

4 - 6
25 Min
25 Min

This recipe was obtained in the 1970's from a Retro '50's article, from the food section of my hometown (Modesto, CA) newspaper.
One of the best things about this dish (other than the flavor!) is that it can be prepared the night before serving, then simply put in the oven when you come home after a long work-day!
I don't know who Rowena is, but thank you, hon, for this tasty and filling dish!


1 lb
ground beef
1/2 c
chopped onion
1 clove
garlic, chopped
1 can(s)
tomato sauce (15 ounce)
1 tsp
salt and pepper to taste
4 c
cooked and drained medium noodles
1/4 c
sour cream
4 oz
cream cheese, softened
green onions, chopped
1/2 c
parmesan cheese, grated (fresh preferred)

Directions Step-By-Step

Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees.
Brown beef, garlic and onion. Drain. Stir in tomato sauce, sugar, salt and pepper. Remove from heat.
Stir together sour cream, cream cheese, and green onion.
Spray a rectangle baking dish with cooking oil spray (Pam). Spread the baking pan with half of the noodles, then half of the ground beef. Top this with all of the sour cream mixture, then top this with the remainder of the noodles, then remainder of the ground beef. Sprinkle top with the grated Parmesan cheese.
Bake at 350 degrees for 25 minutes.

*The casserole can be assembled the night before, and refrigerated overnight. The next day, bring to room temperature and bake at 350 degrees for 25 minutes.

About this Recipe

Course/Dish: Beef, Burgers
Main Ingredient: Beef
Regional Style: American

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Martha Price Karenella
Jun 7, 2014
I'm s glad you and your usband liked it, Kathryn!
kathryn jones msidoc
May 20, 2014
My mom didn't make this in the 50's, but I wish she had. It is very good. I had started spaghetti sauce when I realized that I didn't have any spaghetti, so I looked for a recipe that I could improvise to accommodate the fact that I had already added my Bertolli Tomato & Basil sauce & fresh basil. It worked beautifully. My husband said it was a keeper!
Martha Price Karenella
Jan 18, 2014
I have relatives in Hughson who I visit every few weeks - I lived there for a while as a teenager. Modesto definitely has gotten BIG!
CYNDI OTT cotter81
Jan 18, 2014
Oh, the good ol' days! My bestie & I love to talk about our adventures back then. We met her hubbie on McHenry too. Crazy. Too much fun! It's really too bad kids can't cruise anymore, it's such a tradition around here. Now we're just surrounded by gang bangers & meth - scary! Do you ever make it back?
Martha Price Karenella
Jan 18, 2014
Thanks for the info Cyndi - so interesting! I am a couple of years older than you, and I used to cruise McHenry too, lots of fun - and back then, in that area, fairly innocent fun - a car full of giggling girls, sneaking peeks at the cute boys in the car in the next lane...