Thursday, August 25, 2016

Beef Lombardi

Meet my new favorite casserole - a Tex-Mex style Beef Stroganoff.   Egg noodles cooked in a rich and tasty  cream cheese sauce covered with seasoned ground beef in a not-too-spicy tomatoes sauce topped with cheese.  Baked at 350 degrees F for 30 minutes.  Out-of-the-oven goodness awaits.

A tasty casserole where the flavors just blend together to make a great meal.  The family really enjoyed this dish.  They weren't quite sure what to expect when I told them we were having Beef Lombardi for dinner.  They were pleasantly surprised.

Beef Lombardi
From Cook's Country Magazine


1 tablespoon olive oil
1 pound 90 percent lean ground beef
1 onion, chopped
Salt and pepper
3 tablespoons tomato paste
4 garlic cloves, minced
3 (10-ounce) cans Ro-tel Original Diced Tomatoes & Green Chilies, drained
12 ounces (7  3/4 cups) wide egg noodles
1 1/4 cups sour cream
4 ounces cream cheese, softened
1 tablespoon cornstarch
4 scallions, sliced thin
8 ounces Colby Jack cheese, shredded (2 cups)

1. Adjust oven rack to middle position and heat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease 13 by 9-inch baking dish.  Heat oil in 12-inch nonstick skillet over medium-high heat until just smoking.  Add beef, onion, 1 teaspoon salt, and 1 teaspoon pepper and cook, breaking up pieces with spoon, until beef is cooked through, about 8 minutes.
2. Stir in tomato paste and garlic and cook until fragrant, about 30 seconds.  Stir in tomatoes and cook until most liquid has evaporated, 3 to 5 minutes.  Remove from heat and set aside.

3. Meanwhile, bring 4 quarts water to boil in large pot.  Add noodles and 1 tablespoon salt and cook, stirring often, for 3 minutes.  Reserve 2 cups cooking water, then drain noodles.
4. Whisk sour cream, cream cheese, cornstarch, and 1/2 cup reserved cooking water together in now-empty pot until smooth.  Stir in scallions, noodles, remaining 1 1/2 cups cooking water, and 3/4 teaspoon salt.
5. Spread noodle mixture in even layer in prepared baking dish.  Spread beef mixture evenly over noodles.  Sprinkle Colby Jack evenly over top.

Bake until bubbling around edges and cheese is spotty brown, 25 to 30 minutes.  Let cool for 15 minutes.  Serve.

Serves 6 to 8


  1. Droolicious! I am not surprised that it was a hit, Geraldine.

  2. All great flavors -- it must be a winner!

    best... mae at