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Bacon Cheeseburger Pasta

I try to make foods that are not only kid friendly, but are also easy to reheat since my husband works long hours and often eats later than our children. If you like, use reduced-fat cheese and ground turkey for a lighter version. —Melissa Stevens, Elk River, Minnesota
  • Total Time
    Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
  • Makes
    6 servings


  • 8 ounces uncooked penne pasta
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 6 bacon strips, diced
  • 1 can (10-3/4 ounces) condensed tomato soup, undiluted
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • Barbecue sauce and prepared mustard, optional


  • Cook pasta according to package directions. Meanwhile, in a large skillet, cook beef over medium heat until no longer pink; drain and set aside.
  • In the same skillet, cook bacon until crisp; remove with a slotted spoon to paper towels to drain. Discard drippings. Drain pasta; add to the skillet. Stir in the soup, water, beef and bacon; heat through.
  • Remove from the heat and sprinkle with cheese. Cover and let stand for 2-3 minutes or until the cheese is melted. Serve with barbecue sauce and mustard if desired.
Nutrition Facts
1 serving: 389 calories, 16g fat (8g saturated fat), 62mg cholesterol, 565mg sodium, 36g carbohydrate (5g sugars, 2g fiber), 25g protein.

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  • Gwenskitchen
    Sep 29, 2020

    This was yummy but one night I started it and realized I was out of the tomato soup, so I substituted a small can of red enchilada sauce and we loved it even more!

  • Kristi
    Jun 22, 2020

    This recipe is easy to make and tastes great! I liked it as is, but my kids added B-Dubs Honey BBQ to their plates. A simple salad on the side and dinner is served in 1 pan and under 30 minutes!

  • Pat
    Apr 11, 2020

    This was pretty good. I squeezed some mustard and added a couple of squirts of Baby Ray's BBq sauce, It gave it just the zip it needed.

  • Amber
    Aug 21, 2019

    I have a crazy picky eater and was worried when he picked this recipe to try something new due to the tomato soup. All worries went away after he tried the first bite, even though he was side eying the soup can the entire time we were cooking. Super easy to make, easy for him to help with and for a picky eater he was thrilled with it.

  • Bugsli
    Mar 30, 2019

    Good base recipe. I season the beef with blackening spice. Add 1/2 sweet onion and sauté along with 1 clove chopped garlic. Add a little beef broth to deglaze the pan. Add2 tbsp flour to liquid to thicken. Add small can diced tomatoes. Add ketchup - about 1/4-1/2 C along w/tomato soup. I put the crumbled bacon on top of the cheese while it melts instead of mixing it in. For the people that said there was no wowdactor - these additions might pop it up a bit

  • lepleyracing
    Feb 22, 2016

    This was an OK quick meal. I followed the recipe as written. We liked it but there was nothing wow about it.

  • cbenne12
    Aug 9, 2015

    Nice and easy to make. No real wow factor, but not bad for a quick dinner.

  • beebo_723
    Jun 10, 2015

    My family loved this!!! We used BBQ sauce and extra bacon, i will be making this again for sure!!!

  • nikluvn
    Oct 23, 2014

    I bake it for 25 min. in the oven, instead of cooking on the stove. Also canned tomatoes make it even more delicious. My family loves this!

  • JenniferArrington
    May 1, 2014

    Tastey and easy to fix!