Mar 7, 2013

Cheeseburger Casserole



If you're a cheeseburger lover, and the thought of ground beef, tomatoes, pickles and cheese tickles your fancy, then this truly American, comforting casserole is for you!

I was recently given the Bobby Deen: From Mama's Table to Mine cookbook as a gift. Bobby, in case you're not familiar is Paula Deen's son, who makes his Mama's Southern dishes a bit healthier and on the lighter side.


Whenever I get a cookbook, I usually attempt a dish that's out of my norm. A cheeseburger casserole... now that's not a dish I grew up eating!

What the heck is a cheeseburger casserole? Think cheeseburger essential ingredients such as lean ground hamburger meat sauteed with diced tomatoes, onions, a touch of mustard, and some not-so common burger ingredients such as pasta, all topped with melted cheddar and finished off with diced pickles.


My toddler gobbled this up, and I thought it was pretty darn good – and I would certainly make this again. I'm sure you can have fun with this and add your favorite cheeseburger toppings. I'm thinking sauteed mushrooms would be really good here too and maybe a few bacon crumbles for a bacon cheeseburger casserole (why not!).

The one thing I changed was the serving size, I thought 9 servings was a little more realistic than 12 for adults, and at about 260 calories (7 points plus if you're on Weight Watchers) it's still well under 300 calories.




Cheeseburger Casserole
www.skinnytaste.com
Servings: 9 • Size: about 1 cup • Old Points: 6 • Weight Watchers Points+: 7
Calories: 261 • Fat: 9 g • Protein: 21.5 g • Carb: 21.5 g • Fiber: 2 g • Sugar: 3 g
Sodium: 468.5 mg

ingredients

  • 2 cups (6 oz) uncooked rotini pasta (use brown rice pasta for GF)
  • 2 tsp oil
  • 1 1/2 cups onions, finely chopped
  • 1 garlic clove, finely chopped
  • 1 lb lean ground beef (95% lean)
  • 3/4 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 2 tbsp tomato paste
  • 28 oz diced tomatoes
  • 2 tbsp Dijon Mustard
  • 2 cups reduced fat grated cheddar cheese
  • 1/4 cup chopped dill pickles

Directions:

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Spray a 9 x 13 inch baking dish with cooking spray. In a large pot of boiling salted water, cook the pasta according to the package directions for al dente and drain well.

In a large skillet, heat the oil over medium-low heat. Add the onions and cook until soft, about 5 minutes. Stir in the garlic and cook for 30 seconds. Stir in the beef and cook until browned; season with salt and pepper. Stir in the tomato paste, then add the tomatoes and mustard. Let the mixture bubble gently until it is slightly thickened, about 2 minutes.


Toss the meat mixture with the pasta and spread it into the prepared dish. Top with the cheddar and bake until the cheese is melted, about 15 minutes. Sprinkle the chopped pickles over the top and serve. Makes about 9 cups.

Recipe Source: Bobby Deen: From Mama's Table to Mine

182 comments :

  1. I just bought this book and am looking forward to making some of his recipes. I try to watch " NOT MY MOMMA'S MEALS" on food network.

    I love how he cuts down the fat and calories too!!

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    1. I never have time to watch TV so I've never seen the show.

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  2. I bought that book, after I tried one of the recipes that I saw online. It has quite a few recipes that look interesting!

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  3. I did not know that Booby had a cookbook. I will have to check it out since we love his show!

    PS...last night I made your Bufflo Chicken Lettcus Wraps and as always the whole family love it!!!

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    1. I'll have to try those, the asian wraps were to die for!

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  4. I hadn't heard about this book, but will definitely check it out. It sounds as though it has some interesting recipes!

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  5. This is what's for dinner tonight. Can't wait to try. Thanks for the idea.

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  6. I predict the BF will love me. Going to make this next weekend. ^^

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  7. That looks SO tasty! I will have to make it soon :)

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  8. I am always looking for different ways to use ground beef. I love this idea!

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  9. oh dear...I would eat 5 servings on my own

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  10. Is it any less points if you use super lean turkey instead of ground beef?

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    1. Not sure, guessing maybe you'll save 1 pt?

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    2. I was thinking about Boca soy crumbles would be even less.

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  11. You had me at cheeseburger.

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  12. Haha. My family has a recipe pretty close to this for cheeese burger cassorole...one of those things someone invented decades ago to feed a big family on a small budget with whatever was in the pantry. :) Ours is not skinny though, so I'll have to try this!

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  13. Making this tonight! Thanks for the inspiration!

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  14. any thoughts on WW points if using ground turkey, and maybe whole wheat pasta?

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    1. I plugged everything into my weight watchers recipe builder using whole wheat noodles, but kept the ground beef, and it came up as 7 points plus for 8 servings or 6 points plus for 9 servings. So you do save a point just with the whole wheat noodles :)

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  15. Gina - this looks amazing...especially to this pregnant lady!! Can't wait to try it this weekend.

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  16. What do you think of the Bobby Deen book? I have it on my Cookbook List on Amazon but haven't pulled the trigger yet. instead I got the ATK Comfort Foods Revisted book and so far I love it, but I'm still wondering about this one too.

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    1. Well this is the only dish I tried but it looks like a fun selection of recipes, the chicken fried steak looks interesting, I may try that next.

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    2. I always use ground turkey in place of beef since I'm allergic to beef. Turkey is always a good substitute and usually do not have to make any changes.

      Excellent dish! My husband said it reminded him of a Whataburger. He really liked it.

      Hard to have just one serving. :)

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  17. The BF loves anything with beef involved, I'm certain this will be a hit at my house!!!
    http://twotimestoomany.blogspot.com/

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  18. would you make any changes if using ground turkey and whole wheat rotini?

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  19. Gina thank you so much for changing the portion size, or should I say actually saying what that is. I love Bobby's new show and could not wait to get his book, when I did I was disappointed that he did not list was the serving size was on most of the recipes. This casserole was delicious, I also added the bacon. Bacon makes everything better!

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    1. Doesn't it! This one is a little heard to measure, but I guess I'm just so used to doing that.

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  20. I was logging on to see what I could do with the ground beef in my fridge! BAM thats what is for dinner tonight! Thank you for making another WW friendly meal !!!!

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  21. Just made it today and it was delicious!! I did take the pickles out though!

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  22. What do you think about using spaghetti squash in place of the noodles? Obviously I know it's a different texture, but do you think it would still work and be good?

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  23. Trying this tonight! We can't wait! I absolutely love your blog, Gina. I come and check it out every week before I make my grocery list. I love trying new recipes and healthy ones at that. In fact, your recipes helped me to lose 80 pounds! Thank You!!!

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  24. Im thinking of making this tonight but making it taco-ish. Instead i'll be using mexican cheese, brown rice, rotel tomatoes(instead of tomato paste) and some taco seasoning of course no pickles. I think it will be good....maybe.

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  25. Thanks Gina for another great recipe. I will be fixing this recipe very soon!

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  26. This looks so good! I looks like something that my mom used to buy when I was younger, frozen from the store. It's awesome to have a recipe that is now a much healthier version!

    Paige
    http://thehappyflammily.blogspot.com

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  27. A friend of mine put me on to your website. I have made a few of your recipes so far including this one. They have all gotten a thumbs up from me so far. Very tasty and simple.
    With this particular one I didn't put it in the oven or add cheese, It was still delicious!

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  28. Gina my daughter Julianne ( 26 ) loves your site and has made many many recipes. She loves the ones she has tried so far!!!

    Thanks!!!

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  29. That is one tasty looking casserole! I always like using cheeseburger flavours in different dishes!

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  30. It's 730 am here in India and the cheeseburger casserole is making my stomach growl with hunger!
    Looks very delicious!

    Regards,
    The Unabashed Feminist
    http://unabashedfeminist.blogspot.in

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  31. Totally pinning this! If you know our household (or have been on our blog), you would know cheeseburger is a recurring theme in our house!

    toddlindsey.com

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  32. Made this tonight - it was really good, but didn't taste like a cheeseburger...more like goulash - but will definitely make again. My cheese didn't melt, just made a crust. Next time, I might make it as a goulash without the cheese.

    Love all your recipes!

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  33. Gina, we made this tonight and it was SO GOOD! We put extra pickles on top with extra mustard also. We all had seconds! You are amazing!

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  34. Think I'm making this on the weekend! Freezer friendly, ya think? Love to make these big casseroles and save them for lunch during the week!

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  35. I live in a flat situation and we share times to cook dinner. BOOM, I JUST FOUND MY NEXT MEAL. This looks and sounds delicious! :)

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  36. Made this tonight and added mushrooms. Not only was it quick and kid friendly, it was delicious! I love casserole meals. Thanks Gina!

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  37. Has someone tried this with ground turkey breast? How is the flavor? My doctor has nixed beef because of my cholesterol level. The recipe looks yummy!

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  38. YUM!! I think I'll make this using ground turkey and whole wheat pasta. Should knock off a few more carbs. :)

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  39. My family called American Chop Suey!...but no pickles!

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  40. I have a cookbook from the boys, it's called "Y'all Come Eat" and it's by both Bobby and Jamie. My brother got it for my for Christmas a few years ago and I love it a lot! I'll have to get this one too then :D My family loves Cheeseburger Casserole but I have to admit it's the super unhealthy version with tater tots covering the top lol. I'm excited to try this much healthier version and see how they like it. I'm sure it will be a hit, thank you!

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  41. Made this last night with extra lean ground turkey and whole wheat rotini. The family really enjoyed it! I added some worcestershire to the sauce. My plan was to added small diced mushrooms to the turkey, but forgot:( Turned out pretty good and we all enjoyed with diced pickles on top. Thanks!

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  42. This looks great! I will definitely be making this soon.

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  43. Ooh I love bbq sauce on my burgers, I'm tempted to add some and see how well it works :)

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  44. Can't wait to try this - just added some of the ingredients to my grocery list for the week!

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  45. I am making it tomorrow using soy crumbles.

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  46. Just made it, so yummy! I am assuming the tomatoes were supposed to be canned and not fresh? We liked ours with lots of extra pickle.

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  47. are you supposed to drain the diced tomatoes or dump the whole can in?

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    1. Dump the whole can in. The tomato paste thickens it up nicely.

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  48. This was sooooo good! Thanks for the recipe!

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  49. made this last night....it was delish. I havent had a cheeseburger for a year and this was a real treat!!!!!!!!!Thanks for sharing.

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  50. made this last night....it was delish. I havent had a cheeseburger for a year and this was a real treat!!!!!!!!!Thanks for sharing.

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  51. This looks AMAZING! Total comfort food!
    Extra cheese please.

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  52. Made this for dinner tonight - it was awesome! The only thing I did was substitute ground turkey for the beef as that is what I had on hand. Great quick recipe.

    I have made several skinnytaste recipes and they are always a hit!

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  53. I made this recipe a couple weeks ago when I saw Bobby Deen on "The Chew" tv show. My family loved it! Next time I'll even use a few more pickles on top.

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    1. I just want to add that Bobby Deen's recipe says it serves 12, but my family likes larger servings, so I divided it into 6 servings and used the appropriate points.

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  54. Great blog! Thanks for sharing!

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  55. just made this and was very good! I was craving a cheeseburger!!
    also, i used ground turkey.

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  56. Dinner tonight - delish! I used yellow mustard and added a cup or so of corn. Served my portion over butter lettuce, which made it even more like a burger. Oh yea, I put mushrooms in at the end of browning the hamburger. Yumba yumba!

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  57. Just made this for dinner - very good!

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  58. I can't begin to tell you how very grateful I am for your recipes! This is my first comment on your site and thought it was about time to let you know how I feel!! I have lost over 100 pounds on WW and I must say that it is your site that I go to the most for recipes. Recipes that have made this weight loss journey easier for me to follow! Thanks again for all your hard work and how it is translated into these recipes! ;)

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  59. This was very good! The only problem I have it when I put it into my WW calculator online, it gives me 6 points+ instead of 7...not sure why!

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  60. Made this on Sat night for just the hubby and me and it was a hit! We had only 2 large-sized pieces left though, so although I had what I would consider a "modest enough" portion, my husband definitely had way over the serving size, haha! Will make again.

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  61. Hi Gina! I am making this tonight and am so excited to try it! One question, do you have a preferred brand for reduced fat cheddar? I saw fat-free, 50% reduced fat and 75% reduced fat and wasn't sure which one to use. I ended up with Cabots 50%. Thanks!!

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    1. Kraft makes a good Fat Free Cheddar, but if it's reduced you're looking for, I'm sure any store will have their own brand and that's usually fine.

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  62. I may just have to get that cookbook because I think Bobby Dean is totally foxy! ;)

    Seriously though, this sounds like the ideal comfort food dish!

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  63. I made this yesterday to stick in the oven this evening. It is really good! I will go easier on the mustard next time but that is just us :) I didn't use the pickles either.

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  64. Question on the pasta...it has 6 oz after it. So is that a total of 12 oz?

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    1. I believe it reads that 2 Cup is 6 oz of pasta... so just 6oz of the dry noodles.

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  65. Eating the whole pan is wrong, right?

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  66. Hi Gina! I made this tonight for dinner, I added the mushrooms like you suggested, it was absolutely delicious! I also added a little bit extra mustard, as I love a good dollop of mustard on my cheeseburger. The pickles were PERFECT. Added good texture and zest to the recipe! Loved it, as usual, you're a crowd-pleaser here at my house! Thanks!

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  67. Hi Gina,
    I just made this tonight for my family of 4. They loved it! I changed it up a bit and thought you might like to hear what I did different. First, I used extra lean ground turkey. I browned it with the onions a garlic. I only had a 14 oz can of diced tomatoes, so I used them along with 1/2 bottle of Sweet Baby Ray's bbq sauce, and omitted the tomato paste. Once all cooked through, I added 1 pkg of Ranch dressing mix and 1 package of powdered cheese from a Mac-n-Cheeze box I had in the cupboard. Mixed it all together with 3 cups of whole wheat pasta and put it in the baking dish. While the noodles and meat were cooking, I cooked 8 slices of bacon in the oven, then pressed all of the fat off and tore them into pieces. I grated 1/2 cup of lite monterey jack cheese and lite cheddar cheese, sprinkled it on top of the noodle mix, then topped with the bacon. After cooking, I sprinkled diced green onions over everything. It was tasty, and my kids and husband said it tasted like a bbq bacon cheeseburger. Mission accomplished. Thank you for the great idea.

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  68. Made this tonight, it was excellent!

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  69. My husband was so skeptical and I thought there was a chance I'd never live this one down....but--he loved it, as I did. Really tasty. I used whole wheat rotini and since low fat cheese never melts great IMO, I used just 1 cup low fat mixed with 1/2 cup of the regular. Don't skip the pickles--they make this dish! Thanks, Gina.

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  70. Made it! I had turkey meat in the house so I just used that, and also FAT FREE cheddar was on sale, and I had whole wheat pasta. I deducted 1 point from the serving for that, but it was still SO good!!

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  71. I made a gluten free version of this last night, but I used 100% corn noodles instead of rice (in my experience, the rice noodles can get mushy, especially when re-heating items). I was pleasantly surprised to discover that the corn noodles held up really well! My hubby also loved this, and had two servings.

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  72. I made this dish the day after seeing him making this on The Chew! It was so yummy! Can't wait to make it again!

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  73. I made this the other day and enjoyed every bite!

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  74. I made this last night with chicken instead of beef and it is AMAZING!!!!!!! Thank you so much for this great recipe!!

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  75. Do you have a suggestion how to make it low-carb without the pasta and how would that change the WW+ points?

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  76. I made this last night for dinner! It was so good and tasted JUST like a cheeseburger! I was surprised it tasted so similar! The only change I made was that I used no yolk egg noodles and it was great! My little one is only 5 1/2 months so it's just my husband and I and it made enough for my lunches this week! Will be making this again- and maybe changning it up a bit by adding bacon or trying it with ground turkey.

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  77. Can't wait to try this. Probably going to add a whole bunch of mushrooms and hide some shredded zucchini in there too for some extra veggie bulk.

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  78. Aw, I forgot to buy tomato paste...can I sub it for sauce?

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  79. Made this for dinner, so yummy! We use Lowry's seasoning salt on our burgers so I sprinkled some in.

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  80. Made this for dinner this week. It was awesome - super comforting and yummy. I increased the garlic to 3 gloves (we are garlic lovers) and added one teaspoon of Worcestershire sauce. I try to do a lot of cooking on Sunday for the whole week, so I made the meat mixture Sunday afternoon and then refrigerated it. On Monday, I made the noodles, mixed everything together, topped it with cheese and then baked it.

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  81. Made this tonight! Very good. Would definitely make again.
    The pickles give it a little kick.

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  82. Made this tonight! Very good. Would definitely make again.
    The pickles give it a little kick.

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  83. I made this for dinner tonight, will definitely make it again!! It's delicious!!

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  84. I made this for my family the other night and thought it tasted really good. Also, this recipe is very easy to make.

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  85. Make this and it was SO GOOD!!!! so glad i found this site!

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  86. I made this the other day, except I modified it to fit what I had in the pantry.

    I substituted taco-seasoned turkey burger for the lean hamburger and used diced tomatoes with green chilies as a substitute for the diced tomatoes. It was like a mexican goulash when all was said and done and it was yummy!

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  87. I made this the other day, except I modified it to fit what I had in the pantry.

    I substituted taco-seasoned turkey burger for the lean hamburger and used diced tomatoes with green chilies as a substitute for the diced tomatoes. It was like a mexican goulash when all was said and done and it was yummy!

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  88. This really intrigued me! I added some veg to bulk it out (courgettes/mushrooms/peppers)some paprika, a stock cube and some Worcestershire sauce, so basically changed everything! Thank you for the base idea. Also used a mix of grated mozzarella and half fat cheddar.

    Was Yummy!

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  89. I made this over the weekend. It was delicious! I used elbow macaroni instead of the rotini and it reminded me of summer. My picky husband thought it was great! Thanks, Gina!

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  90. I made this the other night, doubling everything for a family of 6 expecting to have a lot left over for another meal during the week. Not so. Everybody loved it and couldn't believe it was a "skinny recipe". The pickles add such a zip to the flavor and give another element of texture that even my husband commented on. There was just enough for two people to share last night and they still could not believe how tasty this was. Thanks for a simple, different, and yummy meal!

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  91. Great recipe, Gina, my family adored this one! It tasted just like a cheeseburger, and was hearty. I prepared the casserole on one evening, and stored it covered in the refrigerator overnight. The next evening, I added the cheese and pickles and popped it in the oven. It took about 35 minutes to get it warm all the way through. But it stood up just fine to sitting in the fridge, and tasted great! Next time, I'll add bacon, mushrooms and maybe some barbeque sauce to this.

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  92. I made this over the weekend and instead of chopping the pickles up, I used dill pickle relish. It turned out great and I've been eating it all week for lunches.

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  93. Don't make any changes - delicious as is! Thanks of another great recipe, Gina! As I was preparing it last night I was struck with an idea... pizza casserole! Could work with veggies and mozzarella cheese. :)

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  94. Made this for my family this week, and it was a huge success! Satisfied our fast food cravings and didn't hurt our decreasing waistlines. I've been sharing the recipe like crazy and gave you a shout-out in my blog! Thanks for this one!!!

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  95. I made this for dinner last week and I really enjoyed it, and I think it tastes even better leftover for lunches!

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  96. Delish! Tastes just like a cheeseburger without the guilt! Loving your recipes!! Keep them coming! :)

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  97. I just made this to throw in the oven for dinner tonight! I have now made several of your recipes and have plans to make many more...so far they have all been delicious!
    I used ground turkey instead of beef to make this one!

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  98. This was SO good. I'll add turkey bacon to the top next time.

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  99. 5 stars for sure! I made this tonight for my family of 5 (kiddos ages 6,4, and 2. They scarfed it down and my picky son asked for seconds! To make it taste more like a cheeseburger, I used Worcestershire sauce, 4-5 tbs. ketchup, 3-4 tbs. of yellow mustard and a little mayo instead of the tomato paste. I also omitted the tomatoes because my hubby doesn't like them. I also added extra crumbled extra crispy bacon and served it with ketchup on the side. Would HIGHLY recommend this dish!

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    1. I was just about to comment that I think the paste should be cut in half, when I saw your modification. I never thought of adding Worcestshire sauce! Thanks for the recommendation!

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  100. I made this a few nights ago and couldn't believe it tasted just like a cheeseburger (plus some noodles) My husband tried it and wasn't a huge fan, but my mom sure loved it!

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  101. Hi Gina, I love your blog and use your recipes often. Recently I've decided to go Gluten Free. When I searched under your "Gluten Free" option on the right hand side of your site your Cheeseburger Pasta came up as well as your Risotto Asparagus recipe. I'm guessing these are not really Gluten Free but perhaps you're assuming that one would know how to make it Gluten Free using different pasta etc. Is that the case? Since I'm only just learning to cook gluten free (not that hard actually but still it's a process) I'm really trying to find recipes that I can just make following the directions and not have to sub. thanks!

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  102. My husband and I really liked this! The only change I would suggest is cutting back the tomato paste; it was a very predominant flavor. I just read another person'a comment that they added Worcestshire sauce, which I think is a great suggestion. Otherwise - great recipe, and definitely one we will make again! Thanks!

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  103. Just made this for lunch for my 5 year old and 18 month old. They actually ate it! I did make it with ground turkey instead of the beef. My picky 5 year old wants me to add it to the regular rotation!

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  104. Tried this last night. I think it will be a go-to for the family from now on. Thanks!

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  105. Has anyone tried freezing leftovers of this? This sounds delicious to me, but I am pretty sure no one in my family would eat it. However, if it freezes well, this would make for some great healthy frozen meals to have on hand for lunches. Any info would be appreciated!

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  106. Just made this tonight. My toddler girls had 2 servings a piece. So it will be in our dinner rotation. Thank you. Btw I used ground turkey and whole wheat pasta. Very good.

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  107. Making this for my boy brood for when they return from Little League game today! I didn't have a can of diced tomatoes so I'm improvising with chopped cherry tomatoes!

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  108. This is great! I've made it as written a few times before, but we don't eat a lot of beef at our house, so tonight I made it with whole wheat pasta and 99% lean ground turkey seasoned with our favorite KC steak seasoning (Jack Stacks). My hubby couldn't tell the difference taste-wise. I don't do WW, but when I plugged it in to myfitnesspal it gave me 271 calories for 8 servings. Fabulous as always Gina!

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  109. I liked the taste of this recipe especially with the pickles, but with six ounces of pasta each serving only gets a few noodles. Did I do something wrong?

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    1. Hi Amy! I've made this a few times now. Measure the pasta dry and measure out 2 cups for this recipe.

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  110. I would really like to know what you think about adding some bacon? I know center cut bacon is not too many points (WW) for like 4 slices (which would be spread out through all 8/9 servings). Let me know what you think, or if it would be a waste!

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  111. Made this for dinner tonight and my skeptical husband even liked it! We will definately make it again.

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  112. This was delicious! I added some crushed red pepper and a smoky seasoning I got at Trader Joe's for some heat and that charcoal grill flavor! The whole thing was gone in 15 minutes flat!

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  113. The whole family loved it! I couldn't believe how much it tasted like a cheeseburger. Will definitely make it again!

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  114. I just made this tonight and surprisingly my kids who hate everything I make for dinner LOVED it! I thought it was delicious too and it was so easy and simple to make. Thanks for the great recipe.

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  115. Made this tonight for my kids, 2 of them are picky eaters and we had clean plates around the table. Thanks for sharing this!

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  116. I made this a few nights ago and it was awesome. Thanks for sharing the recipe. I used tri-color rotini. Has anyone tried this recipe but as a mushroom-swiss or green-and-blue combination? I think that would also be good.

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  117. Does anyone know if this is Freezer friendly??

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  118. I made this recipe into a bacon cheeseburger skillet casserole. I thought it might be too dry with only cheese sprinkled in, so I made a low-cal white sauce and added the shredded cheese to make it a cheese sauce. Totally yummy!

    You can read my version of this recipe on my blog at http://bloginspiredcooking.blogspot.com/2013/07/bacon-cheeseburger-skillet-casserole.html.

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  120. Did you use ronzoni smart taste or plain white pasta?

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  121. Did you use ronzoni smart taste or plain white pasta?

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  122. Made this with sauteed mushrooms and swiss cheese. YUMMY.

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  123. I mixed white rotini and the veggie rotini noodles. The boyfriend loved it!

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  124. It's been a Skinny Taste Day!! Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner- I love that I can make yummy healthful meals for my whole family and watch my calorie intake! Just made the Cheeseburger Casserole, my whole family loved it and I stayed on track today- WIN- WIN!! Thanks Gina!!

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  125. Gina - In an effort to minimize clean up time, do you think I could add some extra liquid to the meat, onions, tomato mixture and cook the pasta in that mixture (like Hamburger Helper kinda? ;-) then put it all in the oven?

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  126. sara matteri10/15/13, 2:58 PM

    I have made this 3 times now! My kids (and husband LOVE it). I make a big green salad and green beans to go with it and have an instant family hit :)
    thank you!!

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  127. Did anyone ever try using cubed baked potato instead of the pasta in this?? I have a bunch of potatoes that I don't want to throw away, and I think I might try this tonight. I'm going to microwave them until they are about 3/4 cooked, and try that.

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  128. This was amazing! I would probably add some more mustard next time because I LOVE mustard, but this is going to become a go to recipe! Yumm-o!

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  129. Do you think I could make this recipe and then half it and freeze one half? If so, HOw?

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  130. This was really good! I especially liked the pickles on top for added cheeseburger flavor :)

    I tried another light Bobby Deen recipe recently (Lasagna soup) and it was tasty too - I think I need this cookbook!

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  131. We added sauteed mushrooms and I would def. add a little bacon next time. We used gluten free rice noodles (rotini), couldn't tell any difference with final baked product. Delicious as always. I think turkey (as long as you season it well) would be dynamite here as well. This made a ton of food and I've frozen 4 meals out of it already.

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  132. Sounds great! Low calorie, quick and easy and has cheeseburger in the name! Definitely going to give this recipe a try.

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  133. unreal----made it tonight-gosh gina needs to be a movie food network star:) so great thanks

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  134. Looks like great comfort food! Should the diced tomatoes be drained or undrained?

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  135. Can you substitute dijon mustard with regular? My family doesn't like dijon.

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    1. you can't even taste the dijon at all. I would give it a try! This was delicious. I usually find dijon to be strong but I couldn't taste it at all. Just made the sauce thicker

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  136. I made this, but mine was a bit dry :-( don't know what i did wrong. it was still good but it wasn't 'saucy' enough like your picture. will definitely try making it again

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  137. This was delicious! Quick, cheap, healthy and easy♥ Extra mustard and pickles a must:)

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  138. This was great and does indeed taste just like a cheeseburger! I did not use onion (was out) so subbed some onion powder. Worked great with whole grain rotini and 2% shredded sharp cheddar. Loved the diced pickles on top! Thanks again for another delicious recipe.

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  139. Emily Dixon1/18/14, 8:26 PM

    I'm making this and my kids are coming into the kitchen looking to see what I am putting in it. They didn't like the name very well. I keep telling them to get out of the kitchen. Then at dinner my four year old says, "Mom did you know these noodles are in this! They are so yummy!" You did it again Gina! Another fabulous meal I have to say! Thanks!

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  140. Hi Gina, I've loved your blog for ages! I was wondering: when you measure grated cheese, how many ounces is 1 cup? Cheese is one of those foods that has vastly different weights depending on how shred it and pack it. Thanks so much!

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  141. Una ricetta da ristorante... semplicemente fantastica

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  142. I just made this, and I don't even cook. The wife says its awesome! I thought so too.

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  143. I was completely doubtful of this but the Mr. loves cheeseburgers and I had a jar of pickles I wanted out of the fridge.... You are a genius. How could I doubt you when EVERY skinnytaste recipe is always delicious. ALWAYS!

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  144. I have made this several times & love it. Not a dill pickle fan, so I leave that off. Will be making this for a church potluck this weekend.

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  146. Anyone know if this freezes well for pulling out midweek? I'm going out of town this week and want to leave it for my family- thought about making it up to the point of putting in the oven and freezing it. Thoughts?

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    1. TheAbcbb93/18/14, 9:49 PM
      Susan, I make this all the time and freeze the leftovers and they are great. I wrap individual portions in foil and then put in a freezer bag, then just microwave. Thanks, Gina, for all of your awesome recipes!

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  147. It's been a Skinnytaste weekend here, yesterday I made your Slow Cooker French Dip w/caramelized onions, and this one today. I did add the worsterchire sauce as mentioned by someone, also I used bacon crumbles (3 bacon strips left over from breakfast) added the last 5 minutes of baking to the top. Also since my teen isn't an onion fan, I pulsed the onion pieces in my food chopper so they almost melted in the pan, leaving great flavor without any discernable onion pieces to pick out. Delicious!

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  148. I made this for the 3rd time tonight. This dish is super easy and taste. I like to use less mustard, add bacon bits and double the pickles. Its a great dish for a single gal like me to make for dinner and then enjoy the leftovers for lunches.

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  149. Woah! I loved this! I made this last night and my toddlers and I gobbled it up. My husband, apparently doesn't put pickles or mustard on his cheeseburgers, so he was not as in love with it as I was. He did say he'd eat it again if I left the pickles off his piece. Ha. For me, it was a really tasty way to emulate a cheeseburger while keeping true to my WW goals! The littles and I are just about to reheat again for lunch. I will definitely make again!

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    1. Oh and I made with a side of sweet potato fries. Very satisfying!

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  150. I made this last night (without the pickles and with some chipotle pepper added to the meat) it was really lovely!! Keep up the good work, I love your trying your recipes!!

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  152. I am making this again for dinner tonight! So good!

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  153. Ugg. Disgusting. No one liked it.

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  154. Another winner! Thank you! I only had 1 14.5 oz can of diced tomato, so I added a can of rotel with it! Amazing amount of heat!

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  155. My boyfriend loved it, but I found it very bland. I used real cheese, too.

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  156. This is great, definitely use real beef and add worsterchire sauce to the mix. It makes it taste like a "real" hamburger. I also like to mix half the cheese in and top it with half to make it a touch less thick for the cheese "crust". I also add way more pickles. :) Yum!

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