Family-Favorite Cheeseburger Pasta Recipe
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Family-Favorite Cheeseburger Pasta Recipe

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I created this recipe to satisfy a cheeseburger craving. What a delicious, healthy classic! —Raquel Haggard, Edmond, Oklahoma
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
MAKES:4 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
MAKES: 4 servings


  • 1-1/2 cups uncooked whole wheat penne pasta
  • 3/4 pound lean ground beef (90% lean)
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped onion
  • 1 can (14-1/2 ounces) no-salt-added diced tomatoes
  • 2 tablespoons dill pickle relish
  • 2 tablespoons prepared mustard
  • 2 tablespoons ketchup
  • 1 teaspoon steak seasoning
  • 1/4 teaspoon seasoned salt
  • 3/4 cup shredded reduced-fat cheddar cheese
  • Chopped green onions, optional

Nutritional Facts

1-1/2 cups: 391 calories, 12g fat (6g saturated fat), 57mg cholesterol, 759mg sodium, 43g carbohydrate (10g sugars, 4g fiber), 28g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 3 lean meat, 2 starch, 1 vegetable, 1/2 fat.


  1. Cook pasta according to package directions. Meanwhile, in a large skillet, cook beef 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. Yield: 4 servings.
Originally published as Family-Favorite Cheeseburger Pasta in Healthy Cooking August/September 2009, p65

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Angela User ID: 9141679 264707
Reviewed Apr. 15, 2017

"Not a fan of the relish. I almost left it out and wish I would have. I added bacon, Worcestershire sauce and cut the mustard in half and used Dijon instead of yellow, which I think helped. One kid loved it but the second one would not touch it. My husband and mom liked it but agreed the relish was not necessary."

Robby1 User ID: 1478802 264154
Reviewed Mar. 31, 2017

"Simple, easy and delicious. Could be made with macaroni or egg noodles as well. I used Montreal Steak seasoning and the flavor was great."

afoth73 User ID: 1490711 262091
Reviewed Mar. 5, 2017

"This is so easy and delicious! The recipe calls for ingredients I always have on hand too so I can always have a quick dinner if I'm in a hurry or can't think of anything else to make! Plus, it tastes just like a cheeseburger and who doesn't love that?"

[email protected] User ID: 1426899 261014
Reviewed Feb. 8, 2017

"My husband says it's a do over....thumbs up! Very easy to make. This will be a go to recipe."

mjflowers User ID: 5877763 260554
Reviewed Jan. 31, 2017

"This was so good and easy! My family loves it. Would never have thought to use mustard or relish, but it definitely works. Thanks for a great dish, perfect for busy weeknight dinner."

cherrymary306 User ID: 7833096 259289
Reviewed Jan. 6, 2017

"One of my family's favorites!"

No_Time_To_Cook User ID: 6334849 259174
Reviewed Jan. 3, 2017

"i thought it had good flavor; my husband thought it was too dry and needed more flavor. He said 1 star, and I said 4... compromised with 3."

chickluvs2cook User ID: 3328929 254499
Reviewed Sep. 22, 2016

"We love this recipe! It's a simple one that can be done on a busy weeknight. I keep everything in the house now so that I can pull it all out & have dinner ready in no time. The only thing I did change was the pasta. Because my husband is diabetic, I use the high protein pastas (the brand I prefer is Barilla in the yellow box)."

debs951 User ID: 4246813 254420
Reviewed Sep. 21, 2016

"Family loved it!"

krazychick0408 User ID: 8918773 252984
Reviewed Aug. 21, 2016

"My hubby ate it so it's definitely edible but was just kind of weird and blah. I don't know maybe it's just us but wasn't anything to write home about or adventure into making a second time. Oddly both of my kids liked it even the picky one so that's something. Sorry for the bad review but just my opinion. It does taste like a McDonald's double cheeseburger with pasta if you like those then this is your dish."

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