This recipe was a family favorite growing up, and is from the Sunflower Sampler (Jr League of Witchita KS.). Everyone loves it, and this is a perfect dish to take to potlucks, to deliver to friends who are sick, have a family emergency, etc. Enjoy !
Cook noodles according to package directions. Brown ground beef and garlic in butter. Add tomato sauce, salt and pepper and sugar. In separate container, blend ricotta and cream cheese with sour cream, then add onion and green pepper to cheese mixture.
In a greased 9x13 casserole ), put half of the cooked noodles, then 1/2 the cheese mixture, then the rest of the noodles and remaining cheese mixture. Top with the ground beef mixture and bake for 20 minutes at 350. Top with cheddar cheese and bake 10 minutes more, or until melted and bubbly.
Great served with a tossed salad and some rolls or warm bread sticks.
(NOTE: We often split the layers between 2 small casseroles or foil loaf pans. Freezes well, ((thaw and then heat according to directions) or one to keep and one to give away!).