One of the foods I’ve really had a taste for lately is a good old-fashioned cheeseburger. There are a few decent places to get a burger up by where I live, but nothing really beats one that you make on the grill during the summertime. It’s still winter up here, and it’s been pretty cold lately – so not the right weather for making burgers on the grill.
I found this recipe from one of my favorite ‘healthier food’ blogs and knew that we just had to try it. With conferences & honors band last week, I didn’t have much time to cook. However, Hubs is now back on day shift…so he did the honors with this one.
Cheeseburger Casserole – adapted from Skinnytaste
- 2 cups uncooked pasta (we used small shells)
- 2 tsp oil
- 1 onion, finely chopped
- 1 clove garlic, finely chopped
- 1 lb ground beef
- salt & pepper, to taste
- 2 tbsp tomato paste
- 28 oz diced tomatoes
- 2 tbsp Dijon mustard – or whatever mustard you like on your burgers…being native Clevelanders, my husband used Stadium Mustard & it totally worked 🙂
- 2 cups grated cheddar cheese
- 1/4 cup chopped pickles (we are kosher dill fans over here)
- Set a medium sized pot of water on the stove to boil, and Preheat the oven to 350*. Spray a 9 x 13 inch baking dish with cooking spray.
- Once the pot is boiling, cook the pasta until al dente, and drain.
- In a large skillet, heat the oil over medium-low heat. Cook the onions until soft (about 5 minutes).
- Add the garlic & saute; once you can smell the garlic cooking, add the beef and cook until brown, seasoning with salt & pepper.
- Add the tomato paste, tomatoes, and mustard. Let simmer until it thickens. Remove from heat.
- In a bowl, mix the cooked pasta in with the meat/tomato mixture, and pour into the baking dish. Top with cheese & bake 15-20 minutes, until the cheese is nice and gooey.
- Remove from oven & top with chopped pickles. Serve.
I didn’t miss the bun; the pasta made up for it. I’m not one to put tomatoes on my ‘burger, but they tasted great in this dish. I suppose maybe you could put it on top of lettuce if you’re missing that…but I’m not a fan of lettuce on my ‘burgers either! 😉
It was a delicious meal to come home to after conferences and it helped satisfy that taste I’ve got for a nice greasy cheeseburger. Since it’s still cold outside, casseroles are still more than welcome in my kitchen and this one did a great job of satisfying my taste buds as well as my need for comfort food. I highly recommend it!