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 cup: 391 calories, 12g fat (6g saturated fat), 57mg cholesterol, 759mg sodium, 43g carbohydrate (10g sugars, 4g fiber), 28g protein Diabetic Exchanges:2 starch, 3 lean meat 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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Reviewed Feb. 3, 2016

"I double this recipe and replace 1/3 of the beef with Bob Evans sausage. Otherwise I followed the recipe as is and the family loved it. It has been added to our list of favorites"

Reviewed Feb. 1, 2016

"Super easy to make, but I found it lacking in flavor. Easy dinner for a rushed night, but I probably wouldn't make it agin."

Reviewed Jan. 12, 2016

"Made this tonight for a weeknight dinner. I followed recipe as is. It drives me crazy when people review a recipe and change all the ingredients! Why bother? I thought it was really good and so did everyone else in my family except one of my extremely picky eaters. It really did remind me of the flavors of a cheeseburger! Loved the dill pickle relish, mustard, and ketchup in this recipe. It's quick to make which makes it nice for a weeknight. I will make this again."

Reviewed Dec. 18, 2015

"Great comfort food supper. I can't stand ketchup, so I left it out. I wondered about the mustard and dill relish, but since I love both mustard and pickles and usually add extra to my burgers, I figured it would work. It DEFINITELY did. I added crumbled bacon for a cheeseburger casserole. Subbed pepper jack cheese for the cheddar for a little kick. This is a repeat meal for me."

Reviewed Dec. 13, 2015

"This is good; and quick to prepare! Unfortunately I didn't have steak seasoning, but I can't say it was bad without it. The mustard and the relish add a really nice flavor. I'd probably even add an extra tablespoon of the relish next time."

Reviewed Dec. 7, 2015

"It's ok for a quickie meal... but just created, I hardly think so... my Mom was making this over 50 years ago.... my Dad had a nickname for it, not too appetizing to put here though."

Reviewed Dec. 7, 2015

"I have been using this very recipe for at least a couple of years now. Very tasty surprise! My seven year old grandson is a very picky eater and when he sat down to the table I could tell he expected this dinner to be awful. He reluctantly took one penne noodle and started chewing. And then without saying a word he finished. everything on his plate and with a big smile asked for a second helping."

Reviewed Dec. 5, 2015

"This was very tasty, quick and easy to make. I prepared it for an early dinner tonight and my family enjoyed it. I did use 1-1/2 times the amount of relish, mustard, ketchup, steak seasoning and salt because my family likes a bit more seasoning than was called for in the recipe."

Reviewed Oct. 13, 2015

"This is a really easy and budget-friendly dish, as most of the ingredients are staples that everyone probably has in the fridge or pantry. The pasta perfectly captures all of the flavors of a classic cheeseburger."

Reviewed Oct. 9, 2015

"It is so yummy. I had 3 guests for dinner plus me and my is very picky and he gobbled it up, another sd it was amazing, and my dear friend loved it. She said it was so flavorful and asked for the recipe. It is very flavorful and very very easy to make. It will be a repeat go to recipe for me."

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