The Best Husband’s Delight Casserole

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This Husband’s Delight Casserole resembles lasagna with the ambience of beef stroganoff. It’s in our ARSENAL OF EASY DINNERS and is a family favorite!

Husband's Delight Casserole in a baking dish scooped up with a serving spoon.

I made this Husband’s Delight Casserole on my engagement day back in July of 2000. Husband Man meant to take me out to dinner and propose, however, I foiled his plans by wanting to eat at home.

I affectionately made this casserole, unbeknownst that he wanted to ask me to marry him. It’s an inside joke in our house now that he proposed to me over a plate of this yummy goodness! The name is VERY appropriate!


  • THE ENTIRE RECIPE CALLS FOR ONLY 7 INGREDIENTS
  • ASSEMBLY TAKES MINIMAL EFFORT
  • YOU CAN USE DIFFERENT TYPES AND COMBINATIONS OF CHEESE
  • IT TASTES LIKE LASAGNA, WITH A BIT OF TANGINESS FROM THE SOUR CREAM
  • KID TESTED AND APPROVED

This dish is the love child of lasagna and beef stroganoff. When you think about these two meals together, it doesn’t add up. However, somehow in this recipe, they are perfectly melded as one.

The delicious layers of ingredients will resemble the creation of lasagna. While two particular items, egg noodles and sour cream, give the casserole a stroganoff vibe.

Ingredients & Tips For This Easy Dinner

You may be wondering about the items you’ll need to produce this Husband’s Delight Casserole. I’ll break them down for you, ingredient by ingredient.

  • Hamburger meat: Anywhere between 85-92% is fine. The higher the percentage, the leaner the meat.
  • Garlic Salt: This is a little trick I learned! Adding garlic salt when the meat is browning will boost the flavor. I use this tip whenever I brown hamburger. If you aren’t a fan of garlic salt, regular salt and pepper will suffice.
  • Spaghetti Sauce: Either homemade or from the jar, it doesn’t matter. My family highly prefers Bertolli’s Tomato and Basil Sauce, but you can use any brand and flavor you would like.
  • Thick and Zesty Dry Spaghetti Mix: I realize it seems redundant to actually have two ingredients for spaghetti, however, this dry mix won’t be used to make a sauce. It’s used to add flavor to the casserole. You don’t want to leave this one out!
  • Egg Noodles: This dish would not be the same without these noodles. They give the recipe a bit of nostalgic feel.
  • Sour Cream: Yes, I realize this ingredient is a bit odd to place in here. However, it is what gives this dish it’s tanginess. Just like the dry mix, you don’t want to leave this out!
  • Shredded Cheese: Finally, the conclusion to this recipe. You can mix and match different cheeses if you would like. We have been known to use Colby Jack with Cheddar….or Mozzarella with Parmesan. If you would like to stick to just one type, that is fine as well.
A white baking dish filled with egg noodles, spaghetti sauce, and shredded cheese.

Questions & Answers About This Recipe

We have never done this because my family adores sour cream. However, I suppose you can always try. For the yogurt, I would stay away from any ‘sweet’ flavors and just use a plain one.

Short answer: You basically want the amount of cheese to add up to 16 ounces which comes out to equal 2 cups. If you are using 2 different cheeses, make sure you have one cup of one and one cup of the other.

We have not tried this, however, I’m probably thinking ‘no’ due to the sour cream.

Honestly, it totally doesn’t matter….just as long you have at least 2 or 3 layers each. The way you make this HIGHLY resembles how you layer a lasagna. Use your judgement on how much spaghetti sauce and cheese will be needed for each layer.

Yes! You sure can!

A spoonful of Husband's Delight Casserole mixed with spaghetti sauce and cheese in a baking dish.
A black spoonful of pasta mixed with spaghetti sauce and cheese in a baking dish.

The Best Husband’s Delight Casserole

Lasagna meets beef stroganoff in this recipe. This casserole’s claim to fame is in it’s name because it really is a Husband’s Delight!
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes
Course: Main Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: casserole, comfort food
Serves: 10 servings
Calories Per Serving: 427

Ingredients

  • 1 pound hamburger meat
  • 1 teaspoon garlic salt
  • 24 ounce jar of spaghetti sauce, any flavor
  • 1 envelope of thick and zesty dry spaghetti sauce mix
  • 12 ounce package of medium egg noodles, cooked
  • 16 ounce carton of sour cream
  • 16 ounce bag of shredded cheese (cheddar, colby-jack, mozzarella, etc..) (mix and match the flavors as you would like to equal 16 oz.)

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees and grease a 9×13 inch casserole dish. Brown your hamburger meat and add the 1 tsp. of garlic salt. Drain meat if needed once it is finished browning.
  • In a glass mixing bowl, mix the jar of spaghetti and the envelope of dry spaghetti sauce with the browned hamburger meat.
  • Take 1/3 of the cooked noodles and spread them into the dish.
  • Spread about 1/3 of the meat mixture on top of the noodles.
  • Spread about 1/3 of the sour cream on top of the meat.
  • Sprinkle half of the cheese of your choice on top of the sour cream. 
  • Continue this layering process and end it with the cheese.
  • Bake for 30 minutes and serve.

Libby’s Notes

Recipe Source: My mother, who in turn found it in a cookbook. 
***A Note About the Cheese:
You can combine and use whatever kind of cheese you would like…just as long as it equals to 16 oz. For example: 8 oz. of Cheddar with 8 oz. of Colby Jack or 8 oz. of Mozzarella with 8 oz. of Colby Jack. Or you can just keep strictly 16 oz. of whatever cheese you like.***

Nutrition

Calories: 427kcal | Carbohydrates: 14g | Protein: 21g | Fat: 31g | Saturated Fat: 16g | Cholesterol: 107mg | Sodium: 981mg | Potassium: 464mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 965IU | Vitamin C: 5.2mg | Calcium: 349mg | Iron: 2.1mg
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124 Comments

  1. Ahhh, Libby what a cute story! And Happy Anniversary. Have a great day. 🙂

    I cant wait to bake up this Casserole. Looks and sounds good!

    **NICE choice on the ring..BLING!*

    1. caroline j mccaul says:

      ill try this one.we married58 yrs in oct

      1. Awww congratulations! Hope you enjoy the recipe 🙂

  2. Anonymous says:

    Great story! And congrats on your anniversary! My husband & I always few the five year increment anniversaries as being more monumental, doing something a little extra special for them. Your ring is beautiful!!

  3. my husband would love this too! he loves casseroles! its fun you say your wedding ring was 100 mine is $30 from claddagh ring site i love it! i didnt want any diamonds and my husband has a 30 dollar ring i got him online too i got it engraved on the inside

  4. AWWW – what a precious story! It made me cry….too sweet. Casserole sounds easy and delicious! LOVE your wedding picture – it is wonderful that you've reached that 10 year mark…only 60 more to go huh? =) Time flies when you're having fun….may you always have stars in your eyes for each other.

  5. Aww Happy Anniversary! We also celebrated our 10 years in Feb and I did the same thing. Got a past, present, future ring to replace the wedding ring I had as it was a ring we had gotten at Target. Tee Hee. 🙂

  6. Thank you everyone 🙂 It's been a great 10 years and I'm excited to see what the next 10 will hold for us 😉

  7. Our ten year anniversary is tomorrow. Congrats to you both!

  8. Anonymous says:

    just happened to notice your anniversary being April 28. That was my wedding anniversary too. Only mine was 1956 !! We were married almost 46 years but lost my hubby to cancer. He was military when we met and he retired in 1974 . I still live near a military post.Not any reason to move away . Hope you two share many more anniversaries.

    1. Awwwww wow! 46 years! THAT is definitely a feat these days! I'm so sorry to hear about your loss though 🙁 I understand why you didn't want move away. Thank you for the well wishes and for stopping by the blog 😉

  9. Anonymous says:

    I love this because I allready know it will be good with the dry spaghetti mix in it. I have been making my lasagna for over 40 years with tomato's and dry spaghetti mixes and that is it and it is so flavorful it is amazing!!!! 2 lawrys dry mix to 4 cans of diced tomato's and your cooked meat of either 2 # of hb or 1# hb and 1# italian sausage. It is sooo good. I am trying this one right away. Thanks

    1. Yummm! Thank you so much for the tip for making lasagna. I will have to try that soon 🙂

    1. Awwww thank you! That was a few years ago and I'm still rocking it today 😉 You are welcome for the recipe 😉

    2. It says to put the noodles in a casserole. All the noodles? Because later in directions it says 1/3 sauce, half cheese and repeat layers 3 times. Could you list layers for clarification?

      1. Hi Rita.
        1st layer from the bottom up:
        1/8 of the noodles
        1/3 of the meat mixture
        1/3 of the sour cream
        Half of the cheddar cheese
        Half of the mozzarella cheese
        Repeat this at least twice. Hope this helps some!

  10. Anonymous says:

    What is dry spaghetti sauce? Is there a brand name I should be looking for?

  11. It calls for 1/2 bag of cheese. Is that an 8 or bag or 16 oz???

    1. I have since revised the recipe to read 16 oz. total of cheese. You can use Cheddar, Colby Jack, Mozzarella, or any other type of cheese you like. The total amount of cheese in the recipe should equal to 16 oz. though. You can also use half and half of a combination. For example, 8 oz. of Colby Jack and 8 oz. of Mozzarella. Or 8 oz. of Cheddar and 8 oz. of Colby Jack. Hope this helps some.

      1. 3 stars
        Hi Libby, I just saw this clarification for the amt of cheese to use. I made this last night and it was not the best cooking I am capable of making. I used way too much cheese because I thought it was 16 oz of both cheddar and mozzarella. Also I was surprised to only find a generic pkg of dry spaghetti mix at our local Walmart (nothing new) for our store here. Well needless to say it didn’t go over well with my hubby and 2 grown sons. I grew up on casseroles so I still thought it was a meal I could eat on a budget. Not giving up though now that I have clarification on the cheese. I give it another try next week with the wider egg noodles I have on hand. Keep your fingers crossed and a little prayer would be a welcome. Love so many recipes you have posted and keep them coming..

        1. Hi Gwenda! I apologize for the cheese mix-up. Hopefully my corrections will make it easier to follow next time. Please check in with us and let us know how things turned out when/if you make it again.

  12. Ann Leamy says:

    Beautiful Ring…..and, thank you for that recipe!!! ‘Loved the story…and the lace on your gown was/is
    exquisite….my favorite kind of lace…sooooo pretty. ‘Loved his buttoneire,too…..gorgeous…..Many more
    happy anniversaries to you both…..xo Ann Leamy

    1. Awww thank you so much 😉 Hope you enjoy the recipe 🙂

  13. Peg Kidon says:

    I am so disappointed! I wanted to “Save” this recipe somehow, but didn’t see that as an option, so I hit “Print” not realizing that it would print the entire story and every comment–pages and pages! I only wanted to print the recipe:-( But I am anxious to try the recipe anyway.

    1. If you right click and highlight the recipe on your computer, you can print just the recipe from there and it won’t print the entire post. I’m sorry this happened to you. If you do decide to make the recipe, let us know how it is.

  14. do I cover the casserole with foil or cook uncovered. thanks

  15. 5 stars
    I made this tonight for dinner. It was very tasty and so easy. My husband had seconds, so I guess it was a delight. Thank you for the recipe and awesome story. ?

    1. I’m so glad you enjoyed it Nicole 😉 Thank you for letting us know 😉

  16. 5 stars
    I searched the comments but didn’t see it mentioned and as a blogger myself I know it would bother me later to discover it, but “propose” is misspelled as “purpose” throughout the story.
    It’s a great recipe I plan to try for my husband and boys! Thank you for sharing.

    1. Thank you very much for bringing this to my attention 🙂 I have fixed it. Enjoy the recipe 🙂

  17. 5 stars
    This was INCREDIBLE. Instead of just sour cream, I added an 8 oz block if softened cream cheese. I was also unsure of the layering process, but did noodles, meat sauce, sour cream mix, cheese, and repeated 3 times. It was very lasagna like, and went together SUPER fast. Will definitely make this again and again. My honey LOVED it!

    1. So glad y’all enjoyed it Shannon 🙂 Cream cheese would be a really great addition to it! Thanks for sharing 🙂

  18. 5 stars
    Made this for supper last night. So very easy. Tasted good. Next time I will add the sour cream to the meat mixture. Don’t know what I did wrong but the sour cream was just kind of there,too much. I mean I loved the dish but my husband doesn’t like sour cream and he said that it was over powering the rest of the dish. So Maybe less sour cream and hide it in the meat. Will try this again. Thank you for your recipes.

    1. Yes….if he isn’t a fan of sour cream, I would definitely decrease the amount next time 🙂

  19. 5 stars
    I have made this for years! It is an awesome dish! I am actually making it tonight.

    1. I’m so glad to hear this! I imagine this recipe has been around for a long time 😉

  20. 5 stars
    Tried this recipe tonight and my family loved it! Was told this one is a “keeper”.

    1. I’m so happy to hear this 😉 Glad your family enjoyed the recipe 🙂

  21. CAROL NYE says:

    5 stars
    Is there only the one layer of noodles?

    1. There can be as many layers of noodles as you’d like. I’ve made it with only one and also sometimes with 2 or 3.

  22. 5 stars
    I have made this several times, and it’s always been a hit. I usually layer it (wrong) and put a thin layer of sauce on the bottom of the dish, then egg noodles, then sour cream mixture (I do 8 oz cream cheese mixed with the 16 oz Sour Cream and some grated parm) then meat sauce, then cheeses, and repeat. It’s so creamy, and very lasagna-like. Thank you for posting this recipe!

    1. Very welcome Shannon 🙂 Thank you for letting us know how you make it for your family 🙂

  23. 5 stars
    I came across this by chance last week so I made it for dinner the same day. My entire family and neighbor loved it When I asked for dinner suggestions for this week , this dish was the number one requested. This is the best pasta dish I have ever made, will never make lasagna again, it’s too easy and so much better!! Thanks!!

    1. You are very welcome Jerry! I’m so glad your family and your neighbor enjoyed it 😉 Thank you for letting us know 😉

  24. Where’s the ring mentioned in the first comments?!

    1. Hi Becky! I took the picture of the ring out of the post 😉 I still have it though and wear it everyday. 😉

  25. I am going to try this tonight for my husband and I.
    I hope I don’t NEED the dry spaghetti sauce bc I don’t know if the navy exchange carries it.
    Wish me luck!

    1. Hi Eden! The Navy exchange may not carry it, however, if you have a commissary, they usually do. If you can’t find them on the base, just leave it out. You may want to substitute it with a couple teaspoons of Italian seasoning if you do leave it out, as the dry spaghetti sauce is what gives it flavor. Hope this helps some 🙂

      1. 5 stars
        Yes, the commissary DID have one option: McCormicks powdered spaghetti sauce so I went with that. Only other changes were half the amount of sour cream, spicey spaghetti sauce and ground turkey.
        It turned out delicious ?
        Thank you for sharing the recipe!

        1. Very welcome. I’m so glad they had it and that you enjoyed it. Thank you for letting us know about the change of ingredients 🙂

  26. Melodie Hinson says:

    Has anyone ever tried using Ricotta in place of the Sour Cream?

    1. We have never tried it, however, I don’t see why it wouldn’t work. I say give it a shot and let us know how it went 😉

  27. Melodie Hinson says:

    Does this freeze well?

    1. We haven’t tried freezing it yet so I can’t answer this question. Hopefully someone can answer 🙂

  28. 4 stars
    Quick easy and tastes great. We were stationed at FT Bragg as well.

    1. Oh I’m so glad you enjoyed it 😉 Yes…Ft. Bragg is my hometown.

  29. Ellene charlebois says:

    Can I make in morning refridgeerate and cook later in day?

    1. Thank you Suzanne 😉 It’s actually the original name of the recipe 😉

  30. Thanks for sharing! Does it keep long too? I bet husbands love having the leftovers of it too!

    1. Yes…hubby’s enjoy the leftovers 😉 At least my hubby does 😉 I’m not sure how long it will keep. For us, it’s usually gone by the next day. If I had to take a guess though, it would probably last 3 days in the fridge after it is cooked. Hope this helps some 😉

  31. 5 stars
    I just made this tonight and it was delicious!! The only modifications I made were adding minced garlic to the hamburger instead of garlic salt and also adding onions with the hamburger! Delicious recipe!

    1. I’m so glad you enjoyed it Ashley! Thank you for letting us know your modifications 😉

  32. Just found this recently and have made it twice! Love it! Thank you for sharing
    ,

    1. Hi Pam! Thank you so much for letting us know that you love it 😉

  33. 5 stars
    Love your story and loved this casserole! First thing out of my hubby’s mouth was, “Oooooh, yeah, this is good Babe!” I also read him the story while we ate and told him all about it. So fun! I followed the recipe (well I didn’t really measure the sour cream or cheese… just eyeballed and plopped away) but built half in a 9×9 for dinner and the other half in another 9×9 to put in the freezer for a busy week later on. Also, if anyone is wondering, I used lite cream cheese, lite mozzarella and lean ground turkey because that’s what I always have and it was still delish! My husband said we should put this in the regular dinner rotation. Total win! I’m always looking for ones like this that can fit our crazy law enforcement life schedule, so thank you so much for sharing your story and your recipes! Love it all! Happy New Year Libby!

    1. I’m so glad to hear that you and your hubby enjoyed it and the story 😉 Thank you for letting us know about the substitutions. Wishing you plenty of good vibes this new year 😉

      1. You too! Thanks so much! Praying all the best for you and your health in 2019, Libby!

        1. Maura Carlson says:

          Debbie,
          How was it after freezing? I’d like to make this as a freezer meal for next month when I have my knee replaced.

  34. Libby,
    I am going to attempt to make the noodle casserole. I am curious though where is your ring that everyone talks about throughout the comments that were sent to you?? I did not see any picture of a ring that they were talking about.

    1. Hi Sandy!
      I revamped the post and took the picture of the ring out. I still have it though and wear it everyday 😉 Enjoy the recipe! 🙂

  35. Catherine says:

    3 stars
    This reminded me a LOT of lasagna. IMHO, I would increase the amount of tomato sauce – maybe add a can of crushed or pureed tomatoes, plus some oregano and garlic, or even 2 jars of spaghetti sauce. Also, more sour cream, or even sub cottage or ricotta cheese. AND more cheddar cheese!
    But mostly I wanted more tomatoe in my casserole and husband agreed. However, he is not all that fond of casseroles (“Oooo! I don’t want my food touching each other!”) so unless I’m feeding a crowd I probably won’t make this again. Not bad at all, though.

    1. Thank you for your suggestions Catherine. It does resemble lasagna which is what I explained in the beginning 🙂 Your additions sound wonderful 🙂

    1. I’m so glad you enjoyed it! Thank you for letting us know 😉

  36. jeannette gill says:

    Instead of beef I have changed all my recipes to ground pork..It is more healthy than beef..The taste is so much better,,,I really am glad I made this change for all the recipes that has beef in them,,,,Please give it try and you will never have beef again…

    1. Thank you for letting us know Jeannette! We enjoy pork also 🙂

  37. 5 stars
    My mom made this for our family growing up, and it was a family favorite for us too! She added cream cheese and chives to the sour cream. Soooo good…

    1. That is awesome! Thank you for letting us know about her additions. We will have to try this!

  38. 5 stars
    Excellent recipe! Turned out delicious and I will be adding this to our dinner rotation meal list! Thank you for sharing this delicious recipe. I like it better then lasagna!

  39. Made this tonight for dinner & everyone loved it! Thanks for sharing!

    1. You are very welcome for sharing! Thank you for letting us know how they turned out!

  40. Thanks for sharing this recipe. It looks and sounds amazing!

  41. Carolyn P says:

    I would buy Kraft Tangy Italian Spaghetti dinner kit in a box. It has a delicious dry spice envelope in it and I would use the enclosed spaghetti noodles instead of egg noodles. Sounds real good to me. Will try it. Thank you.

    1. Thank you for letting us know about the dinner kit 😉

  42. We were just married 57 years on the 23rd of this month….and with all the favorable comments on this recipe I’ll have to give it a try. Looks good and easy – my kind of meal.

    1. Congratulations to you and your hubby 😉 Hope you enjoy the recipe 😉

  43. Could you substitute the sour cream with cottage cheese? Sounds delicious!!

    1. Sure! I don’t see why you wouldn’t be able to. Let us know how it goes if you try it.

  44. 5 stars
    Delicious easy recipe! A unique twist on spaghetti/lasagne recipe. I don’t know why anyone would not love this!

    1. Awww thank you Dawn 😉 We love it over here 😉

  45. Doctor Grandma Jeannie says:

    I’m sorry, but I am confused. The recipe calls for 16 oz. of Cheddar, Colby jack, or Mozzarella. But in Comments and Reviews, a reader asked what you meant by “1/2 bag of cheese”, and you replied “16 oz. for the cheddar and 8 oz. for the mozzarella and parmesan.” Obviously, the recipe has been revised. But how much of what cheese is supposed to go in this? 16 oz. total? Do you just mix multiple cheeses, or is there one you prefer? I realize it can be modified for personal preference, but since I’ve never made it before, I could use some guidance on how much of what kind of cheese that you recommend. Thanks.

    1. I apologize. I revised the recipe again a few weeks ago to say “16 oz. of Cheddar, Colby Jack, or Mozzarella.” You can mix and match the cheeses however you would like…to make 16 oz. total of cheese. For example, 8 oz. cheddar and 8 oz. of Colby Jack…or 8 oz. of Colby Jack and 8 oz. of Mozzarella. It’s your choice. I can’t really pick a favorite cheese to use in this recipe because we like all of them and I experiment with cheese combinations. Hope that explains it more. I will add in a note to say this in the recipe card.

  46. Hello – your instructions say to start layering with 1/8 of the noodles but then 1/3 of the other ingredients? Should that be 1/3 of noodles to start?

    1. You can use either an 1/8 or 1/3. Really doesn’t matter. We have made it with uneven amounts of ingredients and it still turned out fine.

  47. Two quick questions. Can you use any other noodles besides egg noodles ? Also, can sour cream be mixed with meat mixture?

    1. You can use any noodles you want. And yes…the sour cream can be mixed with the meat.

  48. Its no wonder he proposed. You were too tired to go out so he asked what you were gonna make for dinner? He knew then that he had you. Hope this “husband’s delight ” is worth the oppression

    1. Actually it was! This month, we will be married for 20 years and we also have 2 wonderful and awesome kids. Our marriage gets better every day! And he wasn’t being oppressive when he asked me what was for dinner. He remembers this a little differently than I do. According to him, I was already making this casserole when he decided that taking me out wasn’t going to happen that night. Thanks for the comment though 😉

  49. “Oppression”? 🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣

  50. 5 stars
    I believe there is a typo in this recipe, on step 3 of the directions. I believe it’s supposed to say 1/3, the directions as written say 1/8.

    1. Thank you for pointing this out. I have fixed it 😉

  51. 4 stars
    This took longer than 15 minutes to put together, more like 35 minutes. I only managed two layers, and I forgot the cheese in the middle. So I ended up putting my casserole dish on a baking sheet and letting the cheese rain. It tastes great, so I’ll make it again and try to remember to put the cheese on top of the sour cream.

    1. I am glad it worked out well for you. Thank you for letting us know 😉

  52. Bake covered or uncovered?

  53. Ben Sawbridge says:

    5 stars
    Your lasagna casserole is very similar to my my grandfather’s recipe and passed onto my my dad it was never written down onion and green pepper are the two ingredients that was added to the Sawbridge mish mash as dad called. Tell your husband thank you for his service. I will have to try your recipe . Thank you

  54. 5 stars
    Happy Anniversary! We will be celebrating our 44th anniversary in a couple days. Just made this for dinner tonight. Love the ease of casseroles, made extra for the grandkids to eat. Thanks again for the great hubby casserole!

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