Sour Cream Beef and Rice Casserole

Sour Cream Beef and Rice Casserole – Ready in under 30 minutes!! Rice, sour cream, cottage cheese topped with a quick homemade meat sauce and cheddar cheese. Super quick weeknight meal! You can make the casserole in advance and refrigerate or freeze for later. Serve with some green beans and crusty bread for a quick, easy, and super delicious weeknight meal! #casserole #groundbeef #sourcream #rice #freezermeal

Sour Cream Beef and Rice Casserole - Ready in under 30 minutes!! Rice, sour cream, cottage cheese topped with a quick homemade meat sauce and cheddar cheese. Super quick weeknight meal! Serve with some green beans and crusty bread.

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I adapted this recipe from one of our old favorites – Sour Cream Noodle Bake. The original recipe uses noodles. I’ve been on a rice casserole kick lately, so I decided to swap out the noodles for rice. The result was a fantastic quick weeknight meal!

This Sour Cream Beef and Rice Casserole has quickly become one of our favorites. I love all the flavors in this dish! I also love how easy it is to make!

How to Make Sour Cream Beef & Rice Casserole

Start with cooking some instant rice. While the rice is cooking, brown some ground beef. Add pepper, garlic salt, tomato sauce, and Worcestershire. Stir and simmer for 5 minutes. Mix together the cooked rice, cottage cheese, and sour cream. Spread in the bottom of a baking dish. Top with the meat sauce and cheese. Pop it in the oven and bake.

  • You can use 3 cups of any type of cooked rice you prefer.
  • Can substitute ground turkey for the ground beef.
  • I don’t like cottage cheese. What can I substitute? I urge you to try this with cottage cheese. I don’t eat cottage cheese, but I love it in casseroles. If you won’t try it, ricotta cheese is a common substitute for cottage cheese.
  • What can I substitute for sour cream? You can substitute plain Greek yogurt for the sour cream.
  • Can I make Sour Cream Beef and Rice Casserole in advance? Yes! You can assemble the casserole ahead of time and refrigerate overnight. You may need to add a few minutes to the cooking time if baking straight from the refrigerator,
  • Can I freeze Sour Cream Beef and Rice Casserole? Yes! ou can assemble the casserole ahead of time and freeze unbaked for later. To bake after freezing, thaw completely and bake as directed.
Sour Cream Beef and Rice Casserole - Ready in under 30 minutes!! Rice, sour cream, cottage cheese topped with a quick homemade meat sauce and cheddar cheese. Super quick weeknight meal! Serve with some green beans and crusty bread.

What to Serve with Ground Beef Casserole

This has quickly become a weeknight staple at our house. We serve this with some green beans and a crusty roll for a delicious meal! Here are a few of our favorite recipes from the blog that go great with this easy casserole:

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plate of beef & rice casserole

Sour Cream Beef and Rice Casserole

Yield: 6 people
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 30 mins
Sour Cream Beef and Rice Casserole – Ready in under 30 minutes!! Rice, sour cream, cottage cheese topped with a quick homemade meat sauce and cheddar cheese. Super quick weeknight meal! You can make the casserole in advance and refrigerate or freeze for later. Serve with some green beans and crusty bread for a quick, easy, and super delicious weeknight meal! #casserole #groundbeef #sourcream #rice #freezermeal

Ingredients:

  • cups instant white rice
  • cups water
  • 1 pound lean ground beef
  • tsp ground black pepper
  • ½ tsp garlic salt
  • 1 (8-oz) can tomato sauce
  • 1 tsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 cup cottage cheese
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1 cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese

Instructions:

  • Preheat oven to 350ºF.
  • Bring water to a boil in a medium saucepan. Stir in instant white rice, cover and remove from heat. Let sit for 5 minutes, or until all water is absorbed.
  • Brown meat; drain off fat and return to skillet. Add pepper, garlic salt, tomato sauce, and Worcestershire. Stir and simmer for 5 minutes.
  • Mix together cottage cheese, sour cream, and rice.
  • Lightly spray a 9×9 casserole dish with cooking spray. Spread rice mixture in the bottom of the pan. Top with meat sauce. Sprinkle cheese on top of casserole and bake for 20-25 minutes.

Notes:

  • You can use 3 cups of any type of cooked rice you prefer.
  • Can substitute ground turkey for the ground beef.
  • I urge you to try this with cottage cheese. I don’t eat cottage cheese, but I love it in casseroles. If you won’t try it, ricotta cheese is a common substitute for cottage cheese.
  • You can substitute plain Greek yogurt for the sour cream.
  • You can assemble the casserole ahead of time and refrigerate overnight. You may need to add a few minutes to the cooking time if baking straight from the refrigerator,
  • You can assemble the casserole ahead of time and freeze unbaked for later. To bake after freezing, thaw completely and bake as directed.

Steph

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  1. This is actually really good! I stumbled across it when I was looking for a new ground beef/rice casserole recipe. I didn't have cottage cheese so put about 3 T of cream cheese in. I also wanted more veggies, so I added a half onion (sautéed) and some corn. The creamy rice base is really nice.

  2. I just have to say that I love your recipes along with your comments about them. I receive many recipe emails because I run a group for people with mental health problems and we cook here at least once a month. I just wanted to let you know how much we appreciate your hard work!

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