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  • Writer's pictureJenny Gruben

Recipe: Cheeseburger Pasta Bake

Updated: May 22, 2023

Cheeseburger Pasta Bake

Your family is going to LOVE this delicious cheeseburger pasta bake! Its a fun twist on an American classic - easy to make and so good! My family devoured the entire pan and wanted more so I am sharing it with you!

The below recipe is for 4 servings but you can easily double for larger families or to serve later in the week. I don't recommend freezing this one because of the lighter sauce.

Cheeseburger Pasta Bake

Here's what you need:

  • 1lb ground beef

  • 1 box pasta (I used mini penne in the pic above)

  • 1 yellow onion

  • 1 cup crushed tomatoes or 1 can diced tomatoes

  • 1c beef broth

  • 1c shredded cheddar cheese

  • 2-3tbsp ketchup

  • 2-3tbsp mustard

  • 2-3tbsp relish

  • 1-2tbsp oil (recommend olive oil)

  • Salt and pepper

Get pasta cooking. While pasta is cooking, heat olive oil in large skillet and sauté onion and ground beef until fully cooked. Drain off excess fat. Stir in flour and cook for 1-2 minutes. Add tomatoes, ketchup and stir in beef broth, bring to a boil. Lower heat to simmer and add cooked pasta, add relish and half of cheese. Pour into casserole dish, cover top with remaining cheese and bake at 350 until cheese is melted. Serve and enjoy!

Tips from your Top Goose

  • You can substitute the diced tomatoes for tomato sauce if you want a thicker sauce (this will also allow it to reheat better if you plan to freeze).

  • If you'd like to avoid the extra dish, you can add the remaining cheese on top of mixture in the skillet and serve from there (ideally put a lid on the skillet for 5m to soften the cheese on top). To make it truly a one pot dish, use 2 cups of beef broth and 2 cups of water, adding the pasta and cooking until tender before adding the tomatoes. If cooking as a "one pot" dinner, I recommend using a Dutch oven or CorningWare casserole dish.

  • I don't recommend skipping the mustard or relish - even my picky eaters who skip the mustard and relish on hamburgers and hotdogs (and deviled eggs) LOVED this dish and never even brought it up! It gives the sauce a great flavor and zing.

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