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Fargo Hot Dish

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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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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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