Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Cheeseburger Pasta



I do have to hand it to my family, they are good sports when it comes to dinnertime. Seeing as I love to experiment with new dishes often, they get to be my guinea pigs. Sometimes my experiments turn out great, and sometimes they are epic failures, but either way my sweet family will eat it and smile.

So, to thank them I like to find recipes like this that I know everyone will like. This was a really fun dish, to eat and to make. It's pasta with all the classic flavor of cheeseburgers. Instead of beef though, I used ground turkey to lighten it up a bit. I think what really made this dish stand out what the use of relish. I LOVE pickles on my burgers, so the relish really did make it taste like I was eating a cheeseburger. If only I wasn't watching my calories, I would throw in some bacon for a Bacon Cheeseburger Pasta, now that's what I'm talking about!

Cheeseburger Pasta
Adapted From Taste of Home Healthy Cooking Aug-Sept 2009

Ingredients

1-1/2 cups uncooked penne pasta
3/4 lb lean ground turkey
2 TB finely chopped onion
1 can (14 1/2 oz) diced tomatoes
2-3 TB dill pickle relish
2 TB prepared mustard
2 TB ketchup
1 tsp steak seasoning
1/4 tsp seasoned salt
3/4 cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese
chopped green onions, optional

Directions

1. Cook pasta according to directions on the box. Meanwhile, in a large skillet, cook turkey and onion over medium heat until meat is no longer pink; drain. Drain pasta, add to meat mixture.

2. Stir in the tomatoes, relish, mustard, ketchup, steak seasoning and seasoned salt. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, for 5 minutes.

3. Sprinkle with cheese. Remove from the heat; cover and let stand until cheese is melted. Garnish with green onions if desired.

I will be submitting this to Girlichef for Presto Pasta Nights.

38 comments:

Leslie said...

ehhh..screw the diet, add the bacon!!!! looks yummy

Jenn said...

Looks good. I, too, agree with adding bacon. Makes it so much more tempting. Even though it's already tempting as it is. ;-D

Palidor said...

Yummy! That would be awesome with bacon.

Rebekah said...

bacon makes the world go round!!!

looks yummy!

Pam said...

I bet my kids would love this!

Chow and Chatter said...

looks good and like the use of turkey in this dish

Cheryl said...

OMG I wish I would of seen this earlier, I decided to cheat today and am using Hamburger Helper Cheeseburger Macaroni for dinner, p.s. dont tell, LOL

The Blonde Duck said...

This is the best idea ever!!!!!

Heidi said...

I make a really yummy bacon cheeseburger pasta that uses tomato soup. It's really yummy and looks almost exactly like yours does!

alskamom said...

Mmmmm...looks delicious! I usually just make Hamburger Helper for my family, but I think next time I'll try your recipe. I don't think I could resist adding the bacon though. :)

Jo said...

OMG my kids would love this..... thanks!!

Love your new blog layout also...

Jo xx

Barbara Bakes said...

My family would really love me if I told them I was making Bacon Cheeseburger Pasta. Yum!

girlichef said...

Oh yes, I would definitely add bacon...bet the fam would love this recipe! Thanks for submitting it to PPN this week :)

Cinnamon-Girl Reeni♥ said...

This is so creative! I love it! Awesome comfort food!

Anncoo said...

Looks good. I would like to add more cheese :)

Velva said...

Great weeknight meal idea! Looks really good.

Kim said...

This sounds like a big time family favorite! I think it sounds great either with/without the bacon. I bet my husband would love this!

Lauren said...

Looks yummy! And I know my hubby will eat it!

Julie said...

I'd say that looks like a wonderful meal...I'm sure my crew would love it.

Libby said...

This looks great! I love Taste of Homes and I bet adding the bacon would be a perfect touch :)

burpandslurp said...

Ooh! This is delightful! I agree with Leslie...screw the diet, ADD THE BACON!! Yum~

Pheebs said...

yummmmm!!! I must go and try this recipe..

♥peachkins♥ said...

I am sure I'll love this dish!

Donna-FFW said...

Im all for the baocn, but this does certainly sound delicious as is. And yes, big FUN factor here.

Ingrid said...

I'm making cheeseburger chowder tonight for dinner! (Supposedly doesn't really taste cheeseburgers.) How funny that you just posted this. I bet my children would enjoy this as well! Great idea adding bacon.
~ingrid

Erica said...

What a cute idea! pasta is way better than a bun in my book ;)

Melody said...

Very family friendly and light. Thanks so much. The kids will love this one!

doggybloggy said...

nothing wrong with this - its kicked up hamburger helper done in a good way!

the ungourmet said...

Wow! I'm not sure about the relish on top but I trust you not to steer me wrong so I'm going to try it! It does look like a dish that's right up my alley! Yum!

I treat my family like guinea pigs too! I know they love it they just don't know it sometimes! :D

Thanks for the get well wishes too.

Debbie said...

It looks great! That is definitely kid and family friendly!

HoneyB said...

oh heck, add at least one piece of good crispy bacon (or even use turkey bacon!). I think we get the same magazines and look at the same recipes! I've been looking at this one to try myself!

Joanne said...

Whenever I go home, I make it a point to cook something for my parents that I know they will like. For myself, it doesn't matter as much. This looks like a definite family-pleaser. My parents eat cheeseburgers all summer long and this would be a great way for them to enjoy them in the winter as well!

Aggie said...

oooh....this is a good one! Love the idea of it!

Katy ~ said...

Ole Sweetie-Pi keeps asking me for Hamburger Helper and I have to glare sternly at him. This sounds like something he would LOVE and a recipe we can both agree on. Thank you so much!

Sasha said...

Mm yum. I love me a cheeseburger! This sounds unconventional yet very delicious.

Nice blog ; )

Carrie said...

This is going on my "to make this week" list! Mmmmmm

Spryte said...

Yum! This looks like it would be a winner with my fam!

ISU said...

Ok so Kendall was out of town the other night and Haven and I came home starving. I was about to go out and pick up some fast food junk for us when I saw that your mom had brought us over dinner (can I just tell you how much I adore her). Anyway it was cheeseburger pasta and it was sooooo good. Even Haven ate it, and he doesn't eat anything I cook. Thanks for all these recipes. It keeps your mom cooking, which means there are always leftovers.