My husband doesn't like Hamburger Helped, but liked this "homemade." It is not one-dish (pot), but it was good. My kids ate it like crazy. Any noodle with substance can be used. I would shy away from wide egg noodles (or skinny egg noodles) because they will probably disintegrate when the other stuff is stirred in....but I guess it could be done. I would also be willing to substitute the cream of potato for cream of mushroom. And additions, like chopped celery or carrots would be good, too. Steam or saute them before you add them would be my suggestion.