Parmesan Noodle Casserole
This post is sponsored by Light ‘n Fluffy® Noodles. All comments and opinions are my own.
I love to feed my family meals from scratch that we all can enjoy. When my daughter was about 2 years old, she asked what the secret ingredient was in my Pasta Casserole. I told her my secret ingredient was love. I have continued to always show my love for my family through cooking up comforting food. Today’s recipe is no different and is one of our favorites. This Parmesan Noodle Casserole is the ultimate comfort food. Each noodle is covered in a delicious cheese sauce and quickly melts in your mouth. My mom made this dish when I was younger, and now I enjoy sharing it with my children. Light ‘n Fluffy® Extra Wide Egg Noodles are the perfect star ingredient for this dish.
My family loves to eat noodles and cheese. Noodles with a creamy cheese sauce are simple to make and so satisfying to eat. Light ‘n Fluffy Extra Wide Egg Noodles from Giant Food Stores are the perfect casserole component. You can find Extra Wide Egg Noodles right in the pasta aisle. These noodles are the perfect thickness to soak up all the creamy cheese sauce. You need a noodle that will not fall apart in your casserole that tastes comforting and delicious. This dish is fun and flavorful, even your pickiest eater will love it. No one in my family can resist this pasta casserole.
Dinner can be ready in less than one hour! While the noodles are cooking, you can quickly create a simple parmesan sauce with just a few ingredients. You can even cook your noodles in the morning and then add them to the cheese sauce right before dinner. Try this quick and easy dinner that tastes like a 5-star chef made it. We have made noodles from scratch a few times, and these Light n’ Fluffy noodles taste just as good as homemade, if not better without all the mess and time wasted.
This Pasta Casserole is an easy, crowd-pleasing dish to make at home. If one of my children has a hard day at school or is going through a rough time, this meal always makes them happy. Comfort food cures all the bad moods in our house. There is a familiar and signature texture and taste to Light ‘n Fluffy noodles that is very comforting and reassuring. As my daughter says, you can taste the love in these noodles. They were even one of my children’s first solid foods because they could enjoy them without having any teeth!
Light ‘n Fluffy Noodles are so versatile that we use them in many other dishes:
- Vegetable Soup
- Mac and Cheese
- Sweet Kugel
- Taco noodle casserole
- Tuna Casserole
- Beef Stroganoff
We buy the Light ‘n Fluffy Noodles because they are refined, which means that they are free from impurities. You can find a digital coupon HERE for $1.00 off 2 packages of Light ‘n Fluffy noodles through April 3rd at Giant Food Stores.
- 1 bag of Light ‘n Fluffy® Extra Wide Egg Noodles (their other noodles work too, if you can’t find the Extra Wide)
- 2 TB butter
- 2 cloves of garlic finely chopped
- 2 TB flour
- 2 cups whole milk
- Salt and pepper to taste
- 1 cup finely grated parmesan cheese
- Extra parmesan to grate on top
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees
- Grease an 8x8 casserole dish
- Cook one bag of Light ‘n Fluffy noodles in boiling water with some salt.
- Cook just until al dente, about 6 minutes.
- Drain noodles and rinse with cold water.
- In a sauté pan, melt butter.
- Add in chopped garlic.
- Sauté for one minute.
- Add in flour.
- Stir for 30 seconds.
- Whisk in the milk very slowly.
- Keep whisking until well combined.
- Add in salt and pepper.
- Whisk in the grated parmesan cheese.
- Keep whisking until it is a nice, thick, creamy, cheese sauce.
- Stir in your cooled noodles and make sure all the noodles are well coated with cheese sauce.
- Put noodles with cheese sauce into your casserole dish.
- Grate some fresh parmesan cheese on top, as much as you like.
- Bake for 15-20 minutes until it is just starting to turn light brown.
Four Pasta Tips:
- If you have any leftover pasta that you would like to store in the refrigerator, toss it with a tablespoon of olive oil and cover it. You can use it for four more days.
- The nutritional information on the package is for the uncooked pasta. Dry pasta will double or even triple sometimes when you cook it. Keep this in mind when you are making a recipe.
- The best way to store pasta is in a cool pantry in a glass or metal container.
- You can prepare this parmesan noodle casserole as shown above or you can customize it in a number of ways: add peas, add tuna, add broccoli florets, add a few other cheeses, or you can add some toasted breadcrumbs or crushed crackers on top.