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Bacon Cheeseburger Pasta Recipe

Bacon Cheeseburger Pasta Recipe

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. YIELD:4-6 servings


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


  • 1. Cook pasta according to package directions. Meanwhile, in a large skillet, cook beef over medium heat until no longer pink; drain and set aside.
  • 2. 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.
  • 3. 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. Yield: 4-6 servings.

Nutritional Facts

1 each: 389 calories, 16g fat (8g saturated fat), 62mg cholesterol, 565mg sodium, 36g carbohydrate (5g sugars, 2g fiber), 25g protein.

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lepleyracing User ID: 1497870 244287
Reviewed 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 User ID: 7424916 230966
Reviewed Aug. 9, 2015

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

beebo_723 User ID: 8359217 227714
Reviewed Jun. 10, 2015

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

nikluvn User ID: 7546967 28007
Reviewed 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 User ID: 4819638 78174
Reviewed May. 1, 2014

"Tastey and easy to fix!"

SweetKii User ID: 7727003 86328
Reviewed Mar. 31, 2014

"Everytime I cook this it's delicious ! I don't use the barbecue sauce or mustard tho . I'll just add more bacon & shredded cheese . It's a family favorite ! :)"

sweetshannon111 User ID: 7496616 79941
Reviewed Nov. 20, 2013

"I made this for myself, my Mom, my Husband and my 3 kids aged 6,11 & 12 and we all thought it was terrible. Do not make this. It is disgusting."

Caroldelg User ID: 4299756 28005
Reviewed Sep. 11, 2013

"I cooked the bacon first, left the grease in the pan and added a chopped onion and a green bell pepper. Saute that first then did my ground beef which I added some Worchestershire as it was cooking. At the end I added some BBQ sauce and some honey mustard dressing. Delicious! A keeper!"

MAZZI1989 User ID: 2889583 97606
Reviewed Sep. 3, 2013

"quick and easy weeknight favorite!"

cyounce User ID: 2118537 78173
Reviewed Jul. 26, 2013

"This was quick, easy & delicious. I took many of the suggestions from the other reviews, added onion and garlic, mixed the bbq sauce & mustard in the sauce, used pre-cooked bacon. Also, I substituted ground turkey and elbow pasta since that's what I had on hand."

dixie17 User ID: 7123834 55703
Reviewed Feb. 5, 2013

"My husband is not a big fan of tomato soup. I can't get him to even come near me when I eat it, but when I make this dish, he devours it like there's no tomorrow! I totally reccommend this dish to all picky eaters! Tastes just like a bacon cheeseburger with ketchup!"

acooley1 User ID: 62623 23798
Reviewed Jan. 10, 2013

"This recipe just didn't suit our tastes. It wasn't bad, but it wasn't anything special. I think children would enjoy it since the tomato soup flavor was pretty strong."

facetious User ID: 3167025 30860
Reviewed Nov. 25, 2012

"I recommend that you do not use tomato soup, but tomato sauce, it improves the taste a lot. I also suggest that everyone sprinkle on cheese to suit their taste because just one cup didn't suffice our family. It taste better with some seasoning on it. We don't use bbq sauce or mustard. Yum!"

raileigh13 User ID: 996248 23796
Reviewed Nov. 13, 2012

"This recipe has a lot of potential - if you skip the tomato soup. I have made this once so far, and all I could smell and taste was the tomato soup. It was very unappealing. I added a bit of ketchup to it, and it was much better.

I plan to make this again, but use 8 oz. of tomato sauce instead of the tomato soup. and then either add ketchup or bbq sauce."

A13 User ID: 6893613 28002
Reviewed Oct. 29, 2012

"I am absolutely doing this again! We don't use the barbecue sauce or prepared mustard though, the leftovers heat up beautifully, and there are never enough for my family!"

gsheila User ID: 6832797 55702
Reviewed Sep. 24, 2012

"Needed something extra, just a little bland. I add durkee st lewis style chicken and rib rub to the meat, but you could use your favorite hamburger spice. Now my sons favorite dish."

snowwhyte79 User ID: 5518307 55564
Reviewed Aug. 12, 2012

"I made this recipe a few nights ago and followed cookiemaster13's recommendations but I also added dill relish while cooking and it was amazing!! Everyone went back for seconds :) I had the idea to use the meat mixture without the pasta and serve it on toasted buns for tonight. Kinda like a bacon cheeseburger sloppy joe. :)"

Cazzle User ID: 5889972 39890
Reviewed Aug. 3, 2012

"I would make it again but add lots more ingredients to pick up the taste. Somehow the barbeque sauce and mustard didn't do it...definitely onion, garlic and probably some home made sauce. I'm finding that a lot of the recipes from Taste of Home could be better tested and changed...just a thought!"

Cookiemaster13 User ID: 5422007 42352
Reviewed Jun. 7, 2012

"Great Recipe! Time and taste is essential in my home. I doubled the recipe. I cooked one 16 oz box of "quick cooking" penne pasta.

I browned 1.5 lbs of hamburger with onion, pepper, salt, and garlic powder in one skillet and baked a whole package of bacon in the oven.
After the noodles were done I rinsed and put back in the pot, added 3 cans of tomato soup, a large squirt of both bbq sauce and mustard. I cut up the cooked bacon and added that also.
After adding a package of cheese - it was served with condiments. What a rave review from both of my children and husband. Super quick and easy and very tasty."

tessat User ID: 6404526 79938
Reviewed Mar. 21, 2012

"My family loved it the only thing I did different was add alittle tonys, onion powder & garlic powder. We topped ours with both mustard and bbq sauce and diced dill pickles."

crystalcarreon User ID: 5736603 27998
Reviewed Jan. 22, 2012

"<p>This recipe was OK. I agree with the previous posts that it lacked a certain something. You definitley need the BBQ sauce. Otherwise it is really bland. In fact I added a tablespoon of the mustard and BBQ sauce while heating through and left the BBQ sauce for others to add more."

Foodieatheart67 User ID: 6434037 23795
Reviewed Jan. 16, 2012

"My family loves this!!!"

nani51586 User ID: 6440808 23499
Reviewed Jan. 6, 2012

"This was really good!! I put mustard and bbq my husband and son loved it! Will definitely be something we have again!"

kat83 User ID: 2934264 27996
Reviewed Dec. 4, 2011

"This was kinda bland and all I could really taste was the tomato soup. If I make this again it will have to have something added to it, perhaps I should have used the bbq suggestion"

Troyellen User ID: 5723051 27177
Reviewed Dec. 2, 2011

"My husband loves cheeseburger Hambuirger helper. I hate it. But this is so good, we both love it. No more buying that boxed stuff that calls itself food."

needsomezzzs User ID: 4392298 203656
Reviewed Dec. 1, 2011

"Family Loves it! Prep time is more like 40 to 45 minutes. Lets be realistic!"

DeHamm1100 User ID: 1009677 70416
Reviewed Nov. 3, 2011

"easy, filling, mild"

suepfeil1 User ID: 1871639 23498
Reviewed Nov. 3, 2011

"I made this recipe for my family and we loved it. It had excellent flavor."

bjsilve0 User ID: 172187 203655
Reviewed Oct. 28, 2011

"We didn't think it was that great and it needed salt."

vicsgirl User ID: 6207015 97589
Reviewed Sep. 26, 2011

"quick and easy...the kids loved it!"

swfr User ID: 6162871 86327
Reviewed Aug. 19, 2011

"I wasn't expecting to like this as much as I did because I figured it was too easy to be much good. But it really was! I also caramelized some onions for my husband and I to put on top. With two little kids, anything where they are allowed to put condiments on their food (we did relish, ketchup, mustard as desired) is always a popular dinner. The whole family liked it. But then again, we always like bacon! ;-)"

melclard User ID: 1908060 55553
Reviewed Aug. 14, 2011

"This is a family favorite. I have a house with 2 adults and 2 toddlers, and finding a dish we can all enjoy is not always easy, and this one everyone will enjoy and I don't have to be cooking for long at all."

common-sense User ID: 6122716 203654
Reviewed Jul. 28, 2011

"I made this as shown, but I doubled the recipe since I have a large family. The only thing that kept me from rating it 5 stars is the choice of using condensed tomato soup. The brand I used has 12 grams of sugar per serving, which gave the dish a little too much sweetness. Next time I try and find a soup that doesn't have so much sugar content."

[email protected] User ID: 708237 27175
Reviewed Jul. 11, 2011

"So simple, but a real family pleasing meal that is ready in a jiffy. I always mix a little honey barbecue sauce in."

holt7_8 User ID: 5488543 27174
Reviewed Apr. 26, 2011

"this recipe was great. i made it for my famiy and everyone loved it. my husband said it was his new favorite meal and our kids amazingly ate every bite even as picky as they are. the only thing i will change next time is add a bit more bacon. thanks for the great recipe"

Nellie Robins User ID: 5893562 30858
Reviewed Apr. 19, 2011

"I also added onion, Worcestershire and garlic salt, but cooked the onion, hamburger and bacon all together. The extra grease helps saute the onion and crisp the bacon. Then I drained before adding pasta and sauces. Not too spectacular until you add the BBQ and mustard (I mixed in about 1/2 c BBQ and 1/4 c mustard), then did the cheese last. It was great for both my kids."

kayjus User ID: 1336837 74088
Reviewed Mar. 5, 2011

"This was really good. I added onion and garlic to the hamburger, I added a couple tbs of garlic worcestershire sauce, a dash of hot sauce and I used about 2TBS of honey mustard. I also used the pre-cooked bacon that you just pop in the microwave and its done, so much easier that way. I will definately make this again and again."

3152004703 User ID: 4957120 78172
Reviewed Feb. 6, 2011

"This is a great base recipe! I added onions and garlic powder to it as well as added the BBQ sauce to the mix as I cooked it. Next time I'll add green and red peppers to it as well. It was quick and easy to make!"

MamaParks User ID: 5741494 74084
Reviewed Jan. 10, 2011

"My whole family LOVES this recipe! I like to add bbq sauce, I think it gives it that extra something."

PuppydogJammies User ID: 3665359 78171
Reviewed Dec. 13, 2010

"it was okay, but nothing to write home about. it's basically hamburger helper with bbq sauce if you added that."

crackerjack076 User ID: 5003692 74015
Reviewed Dec. 2, 2010

"My whole family loved this..will make it again !"

Elsiesue User ID: 3170296 74013
Reviewed Oct. 17, 2010

"Tasted like hamburger helper."

devilgrrl User ID: 5356323 97118
Reviewed Sep. 14, 2010

"This is so delicious! I added onion, garlic, salt, pepper, barbecue sauce & spicy brown mustard. Very easy to make & very tasty! Will make again!"

faith7025 User ID: 1149408 70415
Reviewed Aug. 16, 2010

"This is a super fast and yummy recipe. I have made it many times and like it even better when I add some chopped onions, garlic, and worchestershire sauce to the beef. I also highly recommend using the BBQ sauce and mustard-they are a must! YUM!"

daduk User ID: 1648289 77791
Reviewed Aug. 15, 2010

"This dish is very tasty. I made it for a get together yesterday and everyone loved it. I did make some changes after reading reviews previously posted. I used a pound of bulk Sweet Italian Sausage for the ground beef, I used 1/2 jar of real bacon pieces, to make it easier, added a chopped onion and garlic to the sausage when cooking, and used 2/3 cup Sweet Baby Ray's Vadalia Onion BQ sauce and 1 T. mustard. The flavors were outstanding."

scarlet286 User ID: 1078473 42351
Reviewed Jun. 14, 2010

"LOVE how easy this is to make, and it taste great. I used mustard on top of mine, instead of the BBQ sauce."

bta20851 User ID: 2779120 42319
Reviewed Jun. 2, 2010

"I added 1/4 " dice onion, caramelized -used the whole onion. The BBQ sauce at the end was great!"

LoriAnnSeethaler User ID: 4589370 42295
Reviewed Feb. 26, 2010

"next time I would add 1 tsp of worchestire and 1 tsp of mustard to give it a little zing. Tasty but a tad bland."

MY REVIEW User ID: 4700277 27173
Reviewed Feb. 16, 2010

"This was very good! We added some onion and garlic to the hamburger to enhance the flavor!"

needsomezzzs User ID: 4392298 74005
Reviewed Jan. 30, 2010

"I added chopped onion while frying the hamburger, everyone loved this!"

tkarinas User ID: 4389335 74003
Reviewed Jan. 17, 2010

"This pasta is very delicious and incredibly easy to make. It's a keeper for sure and my family makes it every chance they get."

kristenhandshoe01 User ID: 927746 79933
Reviewed Dec. 17, 2009

"I chopped up half of an onion and cooked with the hamburger then added 2/3 cup of BBQ sauce and 1 T of mustard as someone else had suggested. I thought this recipe was good but my husband would have said it was excellent so I gave it 5 stars. It is fast and easy so I will be making it again."

[email protected] User ID: 199387 27992
Reviewed Dec. 5, 2009

"Super easy, super quick, and super de-lish! I've been making this for years now, and it is one of my family's favorites."

sarah2830 User ID: 2581651 27991
Reviewed Aug. 19, 2009

"Very good! The BBQ sauce & mustard gives it the "kick" it needs."

tateveco User ID: 2558106 73999
Reviewed Mar. 12, 2009

"This is my husbands all time favorite, which is funny because it is so easy. The only change needed on this is I add 2/3 cup of BBQ Sauce and 1T Mustard. This is an awesome dish to refrigerate and heat up throughout the weak for lunches or dinner stragglers!"

MyMarchBabies User ID: 442809 30857
Reviewed Jan. 20, 2009

"I have made this a lot and add chopped onion and garlic in with the beef and sometimes a can of tomatoes. The BBQ sauce and mustard add a wonderful taste!!"

scarlet286 User ID: 1078473 86324
Reviewed Jan. 7, 2009

"I had a pound of ground turkey meat, so I used it instead. This was still delicious! I wish I'd had BBQ sauce to try with it, but mustard was surprisingly good as well. Even my boyfriend liked it!"

keverwann User ID: 1807985 39889
Reviewed Nov. 6, 2008

"Added sauted onions, black and cayenne peppers, and fresh tomato because it was really bland."

working gal User ID: 2912729 73989
Reviewed Mar. 10, 2008


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