Friendship Casserole – Keep one, share one

This hearty meal makes enough to share!  



I happened upon this recipe when I was looking for a dish to take to a friend who had just had surgery.   This recipe is just right!  It makes enough for you to keep and then you get to share with a friend.


2 pounds ground beef, browned
1 jar 48 oz of your favorite spaghetti sauce
16 oz bag medium egg noodles
½ cup butter
½ teaspoon onion powder
½ teaspoon garlic powder
½ cup grated parmesan cheese
12 oz shredded mozzarella cheese

Preheat oven to 350º
In a skillet, brown meat and drain fat. Then put the meat back in the skillet.  Add spaghetti sauce to meat; simmer for 20 minutes.

Cook noodles as directed on the package (cook to al dente); then drain and
toss the noodles with butter, seasonings and parmesan cheese.  Spray two
9×13 pans with non-stick spray ( I prefer to use my Misto sprayer that I fill with oil).

In each pan layer one quarter of the sauce, half of the noodles, then split the remaining sauce between the two. Top each with half of the mozzarella cheese. Cover with foil; bake 45 minutes.

*You can also add some sauteed green bell peppers, onions and
mushrooms to the sauce.  I added mushrooms after checking with my friend to make sure she liked them, too.

**You can use foil pans like these if you’re sharing with a friend.

Frienship Casserole 2


NOTE:  I use Dreamfields pasta for low carbers.  It’s possible that another low carb pasta or veggie “pasta” could be substituted as well and be equally delicious.  Enjoy!

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66 responses to “Friendship Casserole – Keep one, share one

  1. Going to make this for a dear friend and her husband. She just had surgery. Wish you had a printable copy.

    • Thank you for stopping by. Best wishes to your friend for a speedy recovery. There is a Print button at the bottom of the post that might help. 🙂

  2. This sounds great I bet you could do the same but substitute chicken and Alfredo sauce for another style.

  3. Betty Ledbetter

    You say set oven to 350 degrees, but I never did see how long to cook it…..???

  4. Hi! I have a friend that will be having surgery soon. I’ve been on the hunt for recipes, and was wondering if this could be made into a freezer meal?

    • I don’t see why not. 🙂 As long as it’s wrapped well, pasta dishes should last in the freezer for a while. I think that’s a great idea! I’ve taken it to a friend after surgery, but I had baked it and it was ready to eat. I think you’re on the right track. 🙂 Thanks for stopping by!

  5. We called this funeral casserole growing up. Mom always made this when someone we knew had a family member die. Always had enough for us and them.

  6. This looks so good!

  7. Very good and cheesy!

  8. I add cream cheese to mine in the center. It’s good.

  9. Can it be frozen? I am on the church hospitality team and get called to bring a meal to someone a couple times a month. It would be great to have this already made and in the freezer. I could just pull it out, add a salad and french bread and voila…ready to go!

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