This is one of those dishes that you can leave as is, or get your creative juices flowing. I have given this a Southwestern flair by adding a can of corn, chili powder and a can of green chilies or jalapenos. Use any kind of noodles you like from wide egg noodles to curly noodles. Change the cheese to what you like, replace a half pound of the ground beef with spicy Italian sausage. You get the idea.
Basic Beef Noodle Bake
1 1/2 pound lean ground beef
1 medium onion, chopped
2 cans (8-ounces) tomato sauce
1 cup sour cream
3 ounces cream cheese-cubed
1 teaspoon sugar
1 teaspoon garlic powder
Salt and pepper to taste
6 cups cooked noodles - more of less, if you like
1 cup shredded Cheddar cheese, or cheese of choice
Preheat oven to 350 degrees and grease a 9 x 13-inch baking dish
In a skillet, cook beef and onion until meat is no longer pink; drain. Remove from heat; stir in tomato sauce, sour cream, cream cheese, sugar, garlic powder, and salt and pepper; mix until blended.
Place half of the noodles in a greased 9 x 13 baking dish; top with half of the beef mixture. Repeat layers.
Cover and bake at 350 degrees for 30-35 minutes or until heated through. Sprinkle with cheese; bake 5-10 minutes longer or until cheese is melted.