On holidays and birthdays, it’s our tradition that the honoree chooses their favorite dish. It’s only fitting that David’s choice for Father’s Day was a family favorite – Husband’s Delight Freezer Casserole. On a day that was destined to be very sad and difficult for my beloved husband, I was glad that I could offer him his favorite meal, cooked with love.
This recipe is so easy to make and there are never leftovers… it’s that delicious! When I make this dish, I double it and freeze the second casserole for those nights when I don’t feel like cooking. It freezes so well!
Husband’s Delight Freezer Casserole
1 package egg noodles
2 lbs. ground beef
1 26-oz. jar spaghetti sauce
8 oz. sour cream
8 oz. cream cheese (room temperature)
2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
Salt/Pepper to taste
Cook the egg noodles according to package directions; then drain well with a colander.
Start layering your casserole by placing the cooked and drained noodles into the bottom of a large baking dish. Beat the cream cheese and sour cream together and spread over noodles. It’s not the easiest thing in the world to spread, so I usually put several spoonfuls of the cheese mixture on top of the noodles and then spread them around evenly. It won’t be gorgeous to look at, but it’s going to taste amazing!
Brown the meat and drain well. Add a big jar of spaghetti sauce and salt and pepper to taste. Heat to bubbling and then remove from heat.
Pour the meat sauce mixture over the cheese mixture in the baking dish. At this point, my mouth is watering and my kids (and husband) are usually hanging over my shoulder wondering when dinner is going to be ready.
Sprinkle the shredded cheddar cheese on top of your casserole. You can use as little or as much as you’d like… we like a lot! Pop it into the oven and bake at 350 degrees for 20 minutes.
If you make a double recipe and want to freeze the second casserole, just cover it tightly (I use Pyrex with a snap lid). I usually pull it down to the fridge the night before to thaw it out, then cook as usual – 20 minutes at 350 degrees. If you want to put the casserole directly into the oven from the freezer, I’d recommend baking it covered on about 250 degrees to start, then after about 15 minutes or so, turning the heat up to 350 degrees and cooking as directed. Delicious!
As always, the family finished off the casserole in record time… I think if I cooked both casseroles, they’d probably eat both casseroles, because Husband’s Delight is that tasty. As it is, David licked the platter clean…
and then fought off the ever-hungry tweens!