Fargo Hot Dish


Fargo Hot Dish

Fargo Hot Dish
55 Min

In Fargo, ND, a hot dish is basically a warm-ya-up, comforting casserole that's bursting with goodness. We think we hit the nail on the head with our recipe for Fargo Hot Dish. It's a layered casserole that features hearty noodles, ground beef tossed with tomato sauce, a savory cheese filling, and more. Now you can enjoy a taste of Fargo hospitality wherever you are!

What You'll Need

  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1/2 cup chopped onion
  • 2 cups spaghetti sauce
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 (8-ounce) package cream cheese, softened
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 8 ounces wide egg noodles, cooked and drained
  • 1 (10-ounce) package frozen chopped spinach, thawed and well drained
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese

What to Do

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Coat an 8-inch-square baking dish with cooking spray.
  2. In a large skillet over medium-high heat, cook ground beef and onion 5 to 7 minutes, or until browned; drain off excess liquid. Stir in spaghetti sauce and pepper; heat 2 minutes.
  3. In a medium bowl, combine cream cheese, sour cream, milk, garlic powder, and salt; mix well.
  4. In the baking dish, layer half the noodles, half the meat mixture, half the cream cheese mixture, and all the spinach. Repeat layers with noodles, meat mixture, and cream cheese mixture. Cover with aluminum foil.
  5. Bake 40 to 45 minutes, or until heated through. Remove foil, sprinkle with cheese, and bake 5 more minutes, or until cheese is melted.


No doubt this is a hearty and delicious meal! Just finish it off with a piece of our Toasty S'mores Pie and you'll be all set!

Nutritional InformationShow More

Servings Per Recipe: 6

  • Amount Per Serving % Daily Value *
  • Calories 956
  • Calories from Fat 447
  • Total Fat 50g 76 %
  • Saturated Fat 23g 116 %
  • Trans Fat 1.0g 0 %
  • Protein 38g 76 %
  • Amount Per Serving % Daily Value *
  • Cholesterol 230mg 77 %
  • Sodium 901mg 38 %
  • Total Carbohydrates 90g 30 %
  • Dietary Fiber 5.3g 21 %
  • Sugars 8.8g 0 %

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This is comfort food to me. I found the salt to be just right because my spaghetti sauve had basil and other herbs. I subbed ground turkey for the beef and it worked well. Thinking ground lamb would work too.

This is a really substantial hearty casserole And I really do love these all in one casserole meals because they're not they're not only convenient to make but they're so good My only comment about this particular recipe is that its a bit on the bland side A full pound of ground beef being seasoned with only a touch of salt and pepper as the only seasonings doesnt go a long way in enhancing the overall flavor of the dish As written its a good dish to begin with but it needs more seasonings perhaps some fresh basil or a bit of sage thyme and dry mustard powder to give the whole dish a more pronounced flavor profile I know some reviewers asked about pan size and x baking was said to be the recommended size of baking dish to use I would change the baking dish to x so theRead More layers lie flatter in the pan and the center has a better chance of heating as thoroughly as the outer portions for me the center portion wasnt as cooked as thoroughly as the outer portions along the edge of the pan

What can be used in place of spinach?

I made this for dinner a couple of nights ago and it was really quite good. I really liked how all the ingredients came together to make one satisfying dish. The only thing is I think i could have used a slightly larger baking dish since mine was so full and I only used 8 oz. of noodles. I placed a baking sheet under, in case of boil over, but had none. Very tasty!

Awsome deffinately keeping this one

Is an 8 x 8 pan really the correct size for this. It seems as if that would be too small for the amount of ingredients listed.

Hi there! Yes! An 8-x 8-inch pan is the correct size. The recipe calls for only 8-ounces of noodles, which isn't a full bag size. Hope that clarifies! Enjoy!

Can you use something else besides spinach in this dish?

Hi there! You can make this dish with corn, chopped broccoli, or kale. If none of those appeal, you can make it without any vegetable at all! Enjoy :)

I know this will be fantastic, and I am going to try using spaghetti squash for it! Fingers crossed for great results. Thanks for the post



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