Sour Cream Noodle Bake is a delicious family favorite recipe! Cheese lovers rejoice because this pasta casserole dish is loaded with ground beef, smothered with 3 different types of cheese and pasta sauce.

It’s all baked together until golden and creamy to create a cheesy dish that may just top your favorite lasagna recipe!

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Sour Cream Noodle Bake

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Sour Cream Noodle Bake

Serving the same dishes can be monotonous and this Sour Cream Noodle Bake recipe helps to break up the ‘same old lasagna’ blues! It’s an easy alternative for a simple pasta dish!

Any type of medium noodles will do from penne to rotini (even spaghetti will work). This casserole can be made ahead of time and baked just before serving making it the perfect dish for guests served alongside some Cheesy Breadsticks and a side salad!

Sour cream noodle bake on a white plate garnished with parsley

Options for Cheesy Sour Cream Noodle Bake

  • Use  ground sausage or use half sausage and half beef. Spicy Italian sausage can zest things up a bit
  • Make this recipe a little bit leaner with ground chicken and reduced fat cheeses.
  • For a creamy cheesy dish, swap out the traditional tomato pasta sauce with your favourite cream or alfredo sauce (similar to our fave Chicken Alfredo Lasagna)
  • Choose any pasta you have on hand. I have used fusilli or fettuccini for fabulous results!

Sour cream noodle bake in a clear dish with a scoop taken out and parsley on top

What to Serve with Sour Cream Noodle Bake

Serving this Sour Cream Noodle Bake with a salad and slice of garlic bread or fresh roll completes this meal.

We often add a fres side of veggies as well like Oven Roasted Asparagus or Roasted Cauliflower!

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Sour Cream Noodle Bake

If you are a cheese lover, look no further than this Sour Cream Noodle Bake recipe!
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 8 servings
Author Holly


  • 1 lb ground beef or ground turkey
  • 1 medium onion diced
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 24 ounce can or jar pasta sauce your favorite
  • 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • 8 oz cream cheese softened
  • 8 oz sour cream
  • 1 lb rotini pasta cooked, drained
  • ½ cup grated parmesan cheese
  • 16 oz shredded mozzarella divided


  • Brown ground beef, onion and garlic in a skillet. Drain any fat.
  • Stir in pasta sauce and Italian seasoning simmer about 5-10 minutes.
  • With a mixer, combine cream cheese and sour cream. Stir in garlic powder, parmesan cheese,and 1/2 cup shredded mozzarella.
  • Spread half of the meat sauce in a 9 x 13 pan.  Top with rotini. Spread the cream cheese mixture evenly over the pasta layer.
  • Spread remaining sauce on top of the cream cheese mixture.  Top with mozzarella.
  • Cover with foil and bake at 350 degrees for 20 minutes. Remove foil and bake until cheese is slightly browned and bubbly.
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Nutrition Information

Calories: 665kcal | Carbohydrates: 52g | Protein: 38g | Fat: 33g | Saturated Fat: 18g | Cholesterol: 131mg | Sodium: 1070mg | Potassium: 765mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 8g | Vitamin A: 1380IU | Vitamin C: 7.7mg | Calcium: 452mg | Iron: 3.6mg

Nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.

Course Main Course
Cuisine American

Give yourself a break from the same old meal ideas tonight or if you cannot decide what to take to your next potluck party, give this sour cream noodle bake a try! Your family and friends will be so surprised at how delicious it truly is!

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  1. 5 stars
    Family loved this!! Used 12oz of sour cream (family adores it) and a little extra sauce. Fabulous!! Only recommendation would be to use the absolute deepest 9×13 you have because it does bubble over a bit. In fact we loved it so much, I’m going to invest in a super deep one just for this recipe!! Thanks so much!

  2. 4 stars
    I made this recipe exactly for what it called for. Very yummy but I definitely would’ve preferred it be more saucy. Will definitely have to add more spaghetti sauce next time.

  3. 5 stars
    AMAZING WOW! I didn’t use any meat but did start with onions In pan then 2 min with garlic. Just WOW it’s like fettuccine! Loved it

    1. Sharon, this casserole can be made ahead of time and baked just before serving. I haven’t tried freezing it, but I think it would work. Let us know if you try freezing it. Enjoy!

  4. 5 stars
    Everyone loved this! Especially my father in law who said it reminded him of a meal they had at school when he was a kid. This recipe is a keeper!

  5. 5 stars
    Huge success, with much fewer tweaks to the recipe as written than I usually make:
    1) Used ground Italian sausage instead of beef, which worked. (Next time I will mix the two.)
    2) Since we are all sour cream lovers, and since sour cream is part of the point here, I used 12 oz instead of 8 oz. Worked!
    3) Used basil instead of Italian seasoning (since I thought I had some but didn’t). Worked!

    I used arrabiata sauce, which went well with the Italian sausage.

    Great recipe, totally in the rotation. Thank you!

  6. Hello and thank you for great recipes. I just wanted you to know step 3 has us adding garlic powder twice. No big deal really. Cannot wait to make this dish! Thank you.

  7. The recipe is missing cook pasta step. Do I cook to package directions or less time since it is going in the oven?

  8. Sour Cream Noodle Bake – I made this tonight and followed the recipe exactally as written.  It was very good and we both went back for a second helping.  As written the ingredients will completely fill a 9X13 pan.  I was concerned it might bubble over during cooking but it didn’t.  Since we like leftovers I doubt any of the noodle bake will need to be frozen.  Recipe is a keeper and I will make it again.  

  9. I messed up didn’t see the noodles had to be cooked first. Any ideas on what to do. Can I add water or just cook longer? Has anyone else done this? 

  10. 5 stars
    Made this for dinner tonight and it was a HUGE hit! Kids and hubby screamed OMG it’s so good, it’s keeper! We all LOVED it! Thank you for sharing your amazing recipe!

  11. 5 stars
    Tried this for dinner tonight. My family loved it. I added mushrooms and green peppers as well. So good. Thanks for posting this recipe. 

  12. Family of four with two very picky eaters ate this. Even seconds. My husband said he’d reheat and eat again.  Thank you. Will make again. 

  13. Made this today after looking for something to keep us 2 in food for a few days. I had to get on here to tell you thank you very much. We are cheese a holics and this was perfect. I think i may have added oregano and Worcestershire said to ground meat. But other than that went step by step per your instructions and we are both laying here fat dumb and happy now!! Thank you thank you!!

  14. Any recommendations on making this slightly healthier? I added this recipe to myfitnesspal and it says it is 1,130 calories per serving, and it is 6 servings?

    1. I used greek yogurt instead of sour cream. Vegan cream cheese and vegan mozzerella cheese and it turned out amazing.

  15. I am making this right now. I had almost a full 16 oz bag of cheese to put on top because the recipe only said to use a half cup earlier. Am I doing this correctly? It seems like a lot of cheese on top.

  16. 5 stars
    Holy cow! I just made this recipe tonight to the T and everyone loved it! Very easy and delicious!! Thank you!