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Jackie Kennedy’s Casserole Marie Blanche

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First lady Jackie Kennedy is reported to have served this easy, delicious Casserole, Marie Blanche, during her time in the White House.

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Casserole Marie Blanche

History of Casserole Marie Blanche

My Mom made this easy, tasty side dish at least once or twice a year. When I asked my Mom if she still had the recipe, she couldn’t find it.

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I knew the basic recipe but could never find a reference for it online.

In my research I’ve found many stories, Mrs. Smith is the contributor on one site. Mrs. Fowler and family on another.

Most attribute it to Jacqueline Kennedy; the majority say she served it at a private dinner in 1961 for her brother-in-law and sister, Prince and Princess Radziwill.

Who knows, but it is good. What the real story is, the world may never know.

It is basically a slimmed-down version of the French dish that is covered in a white sauce.

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What you need

  • egg noodles – cooked in water or broth, according to package directions
  • sour cream
  • cottage cheese – 1 container
  • salt and white pepper or black pepper
  • butter
  • fresh chives – snipped

How to Make Casserole Marie Blanche

  1. Boil egg noodles over medium heat according to the package directions. Drain.
  2. Add the rest of the ingredients and stir well.
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You can mix it in the casserole that you will bake it in, or add it to a large bowl to combine the noodles with the remaining ingredients. Then, pour the mixture into the casserole.

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Dot the top with small pieces of butter. Bake at 350°F until the top is golden brown, and everything is bubbly! Serve immediately. This is definitely best served immediately. Leftovers tend to be a bit dry.

Optional ingredients and substitutions

  • sauté onion and substitute for chives
  • add broccoli, asparagus, or other green vegetables
  • sauté mushrooms and add to the mixture
  • cook noodles in chicken stock for extra flavor
  • add garlic powder or onion powder
  • sprinkle top with paprika just before serving
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What main dishes to serve with casserole Marie Blanche

Other Vintage Recipes

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This vintage casserole Marie Blanche has a creamy, comforting taste

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Mrs. John F. Kennedy’s Casserole Marie Blanche

Vintage recipe from First Lady, Jackie Kennedy! This Casserole is creamy easy and incredibly delicious!
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Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 12 servings
Calories: 204kcal
Author: Beth Neels
Cost: $6

Ingredients

  • 1 ½ pound cooked drained noodles (original recipe : see important notes below!)
  • 1 cup cream style cottage cheese (original recipe : see important notes below!)
  • 1 cup sour cream (original recipe : see important notes below!)
  • 1/2 teaspoon Salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon Pepper
  • 1/3 cup chive snipped or chopped
  • 1 Tablespoon Butter

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350°F Combine noodles, cottage cheese, sour cream. salt, pepper and chives. Pour into buttered 2 quart casserole and dot with the 1 tablespoon butter.
  • Bake about 30 minutes, until noodles begin to brown and casserole is hot and bubbly. Serve immediately.
  • See notes below for important notes. I increase the cheese and sour cream and decrease the noodles!
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Notes

**I decreased the quantity of noodles to one pound.
**I increase the cottage cheese and sour cream to 2 cups each.
**I also dot the top evenly with butter, it’s usually more than 1 tablespoon. If you don’t do this, the casserole tends to be dry. 
Leftovers can be refrigerated for 3-4 days.
Reheat in microwave until hot.
Do not freeze.
 

Nutrition

Calories: 204kcal | Carbohydrates: 29g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 6g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 15mg | Sodium: 191mg | Potassium: 134mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 225IU | Vitamin C: 0.8mg | Calcium: 46mg | Iron: 0.5mg
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Originally Published October 19, 2016. Updated May 11, 2024.

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38 Comments

  1. This is probably the dumbest question but is it one pound of egg noodles before they’re cooked or after?

  2. 2 stars
    I made this for a 60’s theme party we had. It was very bland. I didn’t taste a cheesy flavor. Very disappointed.

    1. Well, the only cheese in it is cottage cheese, which has a very mild flavor. This recipe was never described as cheesy. We’re sorry you were disappointed, but perhaps you were looking to make macaroni and cheese instead of casserole Marie Blanche.

    2. We called this Hungarian noodles, my family is Slovak. We always lightly fried onions and sauteed garlic in butter. Used 8 oz of egg noodles, 1 cup cottage cheeze, 1/2 cup sour cream, and plenty of salt and used a stick of butter.

    1. I’m so glad that you liked it Connie. It’s one of our favorites too! Thanks for letting me know. Happy New Year!

  3. I got this recipe years ago from a neighbor who was Slovakian. We add Bacon. Everything’s better with bacon

  4. It’s amazing to me that the recipe just calls for one TBS butter as we always have to add almost a full stick to keep it from being too dry! I’ve even thought about adding more cottage cheese and sour cream but haven’t tried that yet.

    1. This is the original recipe. I have added to the recipe instructions. I always increase the cheese and sour cream, decrease the noodles and dot the top with butter. (it is always more than a tablespoon) Thanks for checking out the recipe Mary!

  5. 5 stars
    I’ve been making this for years except I do add some parmesan cheese. If you add cheddar cheese it becomes Noodles Romanoff. Never knew this recipe had a name or where it came from. I thought I made it up when I was hungry one night and the only things on hand were the ingredients for this.

    1. It is an odd list of ingredients, but then they totally work together! I like the adding cheese, I may give that a go. Thanks Sharon!

      1. Grew up eating this, made with seashell noodles. An all time favorite in our house.

        I’ll have to try it with egg noodles.

        1. I haven’t made it with shells. It would be just as good I suppose. Let me know how you like the noodles Abby. Thanks for checking out the recipe!

        1. There is no cheddar in this traditional recipe. You could certainly add it. If you do, I would probably add around 2 cups.

    2. This is a traditional polish recipe. It’s been around forever called Kluski Z Serem- and Hungarians have a specific name for it and that version adds bacon. its Eastern European in origin

    1. We like this casserole with ham, chicken, and turkey. It would also pair well with beef and pork loin. Thanks for checking out the recipe!

      1. I haven’t tried this recipe, but this is what we call a Noodle Kugel. You can add sautéed onion and make it savory, or add chopped apples or dried fruit and serve it sweet. Because it has no meat, it is used as a milk dish for kosher households.

  6. How would it be with Ricotta cheese instead of cottage cheese? Ricotta melts much better than Cottage Cheese.

    1. I haven’t tried it with ricotta, so I can’t really say. I’m not sure about the combination of sour cream and ricotta? Give it a try and let me know how you like it!

  7. 5 stars
    I’ve always had a fascination with the Kennedys, so I find this recipe to be particularly of Interest. I love The buttery and cheesy nature of it!

    1. That’s interesting. Not too many people I have run into, have ever heard of this casserole. Thanks for letting me know, Katie!

  8. 5 stars
    My dad LOVES this casserole – my grandmother used to make it! Fun fact: she went to the First Ladies Luncheons for several years, and this recipe was given out!

    1. Oh, wow! No kidding! That is so cool! My mom has been making it for eons too! It’s so easy and delicious! Thanks for sharing that with me!

  9. 5 stars
    Congrats on the new camera! This recipe looks fun- I saw a blog awhile back that did all recipes from classic literature. Love the idea!

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