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: 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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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."

cindymarza User ID: 7391984 243164
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"

Guttermandj User ID: 8705984 243015
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."

cindylcan User ID: 8456616 241625
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."

tbearmom03 User ID: 503950 239711
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."

GoodyQueen User ID: 6208519 239317
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."

eminsol User ID: 4077674 238909
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."

dianewhaley User ID: 8098924 238907
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."

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