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Kid-friendly and delicious! If you’re a cheeseburger lover, and the thought of ground beef, tomatoes, pickles and cheese tickles your fancy, then this truly American, comforting Cheeseburger Casserole is for you!

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

Kid-friendly and delicious! If you're a cheeseburger lover, and the thought of ground beef, tomatoes, pickles and cheese tickles your fancy, then this truly American, comforting Cheeseburger 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!)

How To Make Cheeseburger Casserole

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

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

260 Cals 21.5 Protein 22 Carbs 9.5 Fats
Prep Time: 10 mins
Cook Time: 25 mins
Total Time: 35 mins
Yield: 9 servings
CUISINE: American
Kid-friendly and delicious! If you're a cheeseburger lover, and the thought of ground beef, tomatoes, pickles and cheese tickles your fancy, then this truly American, comforting Cheeseburger Casserole is for you!


  • 2 cups 6 oz uncooked rotini pasta (use brown rice pasta for GF)
  • 2 tsp olive 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


  • 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.
  • Meanwhile, 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.


Serving: 1cup, Calories: 260kcal, Carbohydrates: 22g, Protein: 21.5g, Fat: 9.5g, Saturated Fat: 4g, Cholesterol: 49mg, Sodium: 630mg, Fiber: 2g, Sugar: 3.5g
WW Points Plus: 7
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  1. very good and easy

  2. Is the pasta 2 cups plus an additional 6 oz or 2 cups which IS 6 oz?

  3. I made this again tonight for my sister and husband! It was a hit! Turned out perfect as is 😊

  4. I love this. I could make this every night and never get sick of it. I used ketchup instead of tomato paste. And onion powder instead of chopped onions. Literally so good one of the best things I have ever made so simple and comforting. 

  5. Gina, if I make this ahead of time and refrigerate it, how long should I bake it for?  15 minutes doesn’t seem long enough if it’s chilled. Thanks. 

  6. This is one of my all-time favorites! Will you include a link for the new personal points? Thank you! 

  7. Honestly, I found this rather bland. It needed extra flavour. A dash of smoked paprika? Worcestershire? I would cut the pasta down to 1 1/2 cups and add many more veggies.

  8. My husband LOVES this. I think because he’s such a big fan of a McDouble, and it tastes just like one. It’s a bit too overpowered with the ketchup/mustard taste for my palate, I prefer cheeseburgers with the cold crunch of fresh lettuce and tomato. I might try shredding some and topping it next time, to see if then I like it as much as husband. 🙂

  9. I make this ALL the time day of,  but finally tried it from frozen!
    I made the pasta and meat mixture and combined, then  froze it in a throw away pan. From freezer,  I put it in the oven on 400 covered for about a half hour.  Time may vary so check it!  Took it out, uncovered and lowered heat back to 350. Topped with cheese and put it in for 15 min. Top with pickles and it’s ready to serve! It tasted jsut as good as when made fresh 🙂

  10. The sauce was really good. Even if you didn’t want that added burger taste with the mustard added, the meat sauce base is a nice basic starting point for variations or even just for spaghetti. I chose to follow the recipe almost exactly except I used 3 c pasta instead of 2c. I got the meat sauce going first because I was doing other things. So I could see there was plenty of sauce to use 3 c instead of just 2. I’m glad I did because 3 c. turned out perfect and the casserole was more than enough for our family of 6. I used 4% beef, 4 cloves are garlic because we always like more, 1 whole yellow onion, for the pasta I used Trader Joe’s GF brown rice & quinoa rotini since 3 of us can’t have gluten, and for the cheese I used TJ lite 3 cheese blend. Tasted great- thanks!

  11. Made this vegetarian with meatless crumbles and reduced fat even more with fat free cheese and lentil rotini. Only 3 blue points a serving. So good. Kids and dad approved. 

    • I use Barilla gluten free pasta. I had the same experience with Ancient Harvest. I like Jovial spaghetti and noodles though their rotini takes a long time to cook, not as tender.

  12. 2 cups dry rotini past

  13. this is great with venison too 🙂 the mustard helps any lingering gamey taste. a little extra onion and garlic on the front end helps too!

  14. Is it 2 cups or 6 oz.  or 2 cups + 6 oz

  15. I just made this with beyond meat and it was sooo good! Def tastes like a McDonald’s cheeseburger and my skeptical hubs had seconds 🙂

  16. I’ve been making this for a few years.. love it! Has anyone ever tried to freeze it? Also.. I’ve subbed cauliflower rice for the pasta and it’s just as good! Thought I’d share for ppl trying to shave off ww pointsz

  17. Oh my gosh…I don’t even like cheeseburgers, and I LOVED this casserole! The dill pickles did it for me… I’ve shared the recipe already & will make it again for sure!!!

  18. My fiend recommended this recipe and it was so good! The pickles on top make it!

  19. Definitely a kid approved recipe.  It’s cheesy and there is no significant or pronounced flavor profile.  I used Ancient Harvest pasta.  I don’t recommend using this brand for a caserole as it became too soft and took away from the flavor of the dish with it’s grain-like flavor.  

    Does anyone recommend a pasta substitute ?

  20. Believe the hype. This casserole is amazing, my husband and I both loved it.

    Followed recipe except used regular penne pasta, and used half tomato sauce and half diced tomatoes.

    So yum!

  21. We LOVE this. I’d like to replace about half the pasta with zucchini noodles, but I’m concerned about the zoodles getting mushy. Has anyone done this yet? Tips to share? Thanks!

  22. Great recipe! Everyone in my family love it and I have some very picky eaters. One addition, I cooked four pieces of bacon and diced it up and sprinkled it on top. Amazing!

  23. Can you hide something other than Dijon mustard I never liked the taste ? 

  24. I loved this recipe and plan on cooking it frequently…Added a little diced raw red onion to the pickle as the topping…So delicious!!!

  25. If you substitute ground chicken for the meat, how do the points change for blue?

  26. Great dish!! Loved the pickles on top!! Will definitely make again!

  27. How would purple plan be 6 points when it’s the only plan that doesn’t count the pasta? This doesn’t make sense to me. Shouldn’t purple be the least? 

    • Make it with whole wheat pasta and it decreases the purple points. Her recipe is calculated for regular rotini

  28. I’m confused about the pasta measurement.

    The recipe says “2 cups 6 oz uncooked rotini pasta”

    Does that mean 2 cups of pasta? Or 6 ounces of pasta? Or 2 cups of 6 ounces of pasta making 12 ounces

  29. Can you make this without tomatoes? 

  30. I made this with soy meat. It was extremely delicious. Cant wait to have it again tonight. will be making this again in the future. Love it!!

  31. Love this! Want to make for a dairy free friend. Has anyone tried it with dairy free cheese? Still yummy?

  32. I’ve been making this since it was posted. It’s a favorite in our house! The only thing we added was french fried onions on top of the cheese.

  33. This is absolutely delicious! I used gluten free pasta made from quinoa. My husband loved it too. He said he couldn’t even tell I’d used gluten free pasta. The recipe is so easy too! I love it!

  34. Absolutely delicious!

  35. This was fabulous! Our toddler loved it and I did too!! The only thing i changed is indeed double the pickles, and a bit of mayo. Yum!!! This will be a regular in our household.

  36. I intended to do this dish as a make ahead. Cooked the meat mixture and the pasta but did not add the pasta. Just put both containers in the fridge. The power was out when I got home from work so improvised to finish it on the stove top in a large deep skillet. Mixed pasta and meat mixture together and heated on low for about 25 minutes, with lid. Stirring occasionally. When piping hot, added shredded cheese to top and covered for another 10 minutes. Was very good! 

  37. I am wondering if I can make this in the instantpot?

  38. I have not made this yet but want to. Do you have this recipe converted to the instantpot?

  39. Is there an Instant Pot version for this?

  40. I made this for my family. Everyone loved it. Definitely making it again!!! Thank you for your recipes!!!

  41. Wow … this was a hit! Followed the recipe except for doubling everything. I tasted it before going to the table and was amazed how much it tasted like McDonald’s cheeseburger.
    Every one at the table loved it but no one came up with McDonald’s cheeseburger taste. When I told them, everyone went … yeah … exactly like a cheeseburger.

    5 stars …. will make often

  42. Could you sub tomato sauce for the diced tomatoes? I have some eaters that don’t like chunky tomatoes.

  43. The recipe directions don’t specify how long to keep it in the iven for ….  

  44. I’ve been making casseroles on Sundays lately to give us something to eat through the week. We are also watching our diets and BOY does this dish come through! The portion is plentiful and I feel like I’m cheating with the real deal. THANK YOU to whomever dreamed up this winner.

  45. Success! I swapped the noodles for steamed cauliflower for a low carb version and added Worcestershire and paprika to the beef mixture. The hubby & I gobbled it up. Thank you! 

  46. Quick, easy and everyone in the family loves it.  Tastes even better as leftovers. I prefer to add diced pickles over each individual serving.

  47. This turned out great! I had some peppers I needed to use up, so I added those at the same time I put the garlic in. it was just some leftover yellow and green bell peppers. It was soooo good. And the peppers were still slightly crunchy – it just went so well with it!

    I also added “burger seasoning” to the ground beef.

    This stuff was so good.

  48. I was definitely unsure about how this would turn out but it was AMAZING! It smelled and tasted so good. The reviews that say it tastes like a Big Mac aren’t lying! It was a little runnier than I would’ve liked so next time I may try draining the tomatoes. So good though, and so comforting.

  49. If i make this ahead of time and put it in the oven out of the fridge, should i alter the cooking time?

  50. I’m prepping meals that can be frozen and reheated at a later date. Has anyone tried that with this recipe?

    I could also use some advice as to how to bake it when we’re ready to eat it. Thaw first? Cover and bake like you would a frozen casserole from the grocery store? Time and temperature?


  51. I really enjoyed this one and so did my less picky eater kid.  My more picky eater didn’t love it but tolerated when bribed with dessert.  It was easy to make and I followed the recipe exactly except I used 93% lean beef and drained it (I can never find 95% lean at my grocery store).  I would make it again.  The only adjustment I would make is maybe buy petite diced tomatoes instead of regular next time, as I thought the chunks of tomato were a little big. 

  52. Can I freeze this? 

  53. Could I use bread and butter pickles?

  54. Much better with a tbl. of Worcestershire.

  55. This is absolutely delicious! I didn’t have tomato paste, and also wanted a little kick, so I used a couple of spoonfuls of Trade Joe’s Sriracha barbecue sauce in place of the tomato paste. Zesty!

  56. Really Good! I never leave reviews but felt like I just had to, a solid dinner that the whole family enjoyed! I added a green pepper, red pepper flakes and some cream cheese I had on hand and it worked perfectly! Thanks!

  57. If I made this there’s no way I could stop at one cup! hahahahahaha I’d eat the whole tray myself

  58. I’m making this for a 2ns time and in efforts to cut carbs, I’m going to spiralize some zucchini to replace the pasta. Plan to salt it to pull out the water so it can keep for a couple days. We’ll see what happens! 🙂

    I have made this in the past, as is, for a lunch at work and it was a hit with everyone.

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  60. One of my favorite recipes!  My kids love it too! Tastes just like a cheeseburger 🙂 

  61. THANK you for your WW recipes. Everything I have made from your site is always delicious. Thank you!!!!

  62. First of all, thanks for all of your yummy recipes. You are my go to site for WW friendly meals. I usually rinse my ground beef after cooking to remove more fat. Would that change the points at all. I read somewhere that 3 oz of 80% ground beef rinsed was about 50 calories less than beef that is not rinsed. 

  63. I made this tonight for dinner and it was a winner! We will be having this again.

  64. Made it last night with ground turkey . Was so good and was pleasantly surprised with how good the pickles were on it. 
    I wonder  how many points it would be with ground turkey?
    Love and appreciate your recipes! Thank you

  65. Very yummy! Delicious and easy to make! Definitely add the pickles. They add a nice touch!

  66. Has anyone made this with ground turkey? What would the calorie count be with that substitute?

  67. How many grams of saturated fat are in this recipe?

  68. Delicious and easy!

  69. Another hit! Just finished dinner and the whole family devoured it!! made it exactly as directed

  70. This is delicious!  Super easy and so tasty.

  71. This recipe was just OK. With all of the ingredients, I thought it would have more flavor. I used GF rotini, cooked firm – al dente, but it fell apart after baking, so the texture of the final product was kind of mushy.

  72. Made this for my suppers this week, absolutely delicious. Added extra veggies, ie: mushrooms and celery. I loved it, when I do it for my husband though will switch the Dijon mustard for regular mustard so that he can’t detect it as he is a mustard hater! All in all, a dish I will definitely be making again!!!!!!

  73. Made this tonight for the first time and LOVED it! Definitely a go to recipe when I’m craving pasta.

  74. Excellent choice. Easy to make

  75. I made this tonight with some reservstion. It was surprisingly delicious and the pickles topped it  off. This is a keeper. I cant wait for leftovers tomorrow. 

  76. Made for the 1s time today, So Simple and super delicious!

  77. Gina! This is on rotation here, kid and adult approved!
    I make it with 93% lean turkey, though… do you happen to know the freestyle point value after a swap like this?

  78. Are you able to make this ahead of time and freeze?

  79. Super easy to make, and a dish that the whole family loved!

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  81. I was really surprised by the great flavor of this casserole. I initially thought too many onions, not enough pasta, probably going to have little flavor, kind of runny, but I was really surprised at how good it was. Just the right amount of pasta, onions were not overpowering, wasn’t running after cooking, and great taste. My elderly mother ate it without any fussing at all, which is really saying something! I will definitely make this again.

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  83.  I thought way too much tomatoes – overpowered the flavor. Husband said it was good but did not taste like a cheese burger. 

  84. Do you think this could be done in the Instant pot? 

  85. Hi was wondering if I could make this in an 8×8 pan instead? Serving 3 people only don’t want leftovers for days, thanks!

  86. This is an old post buuuut… 
    any ideas on how to transfer this to an instant pot!??

  87. I made this and loved it, as I do every recipe I make from here!
    My confusion is in the points. I get a total of 56 for the whole recipe.

    Note: I got 16 points for the pasta, 3 for olive oil, 16 for the beef, 1 for the tomato paste and with a low fat cheese, 20 points for that. 

    Where am I going wrong? It may only be a one point difference per serving which would still be totally worth it because it is so good. 

  88. My family and I love your recipes, Gina! How can I find the saturated fat content for each recipe? I see total fat listed under the nutrition information, but there isn’t a value for saturated fat. Thanks so much!

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  90. Hi, I’ve only recently discovered your blog – it’s great! Especially as I’m also new to WeightWatchers and the Smart Points system is still a bit mystifying, so having them calculated for the recipes is a godsend.

    Just one request though. We Europeans are not used to measuring in cups; we have no idea how loosely or tightly to pack foodstuffs and so end up with wide variations in quantities, which can be disastrous for the points and calorie counts! Would it be possible to give weights for *everything* you measure in cups, please? Ounces will do – we can easily convert to grammes 🙂

    Thank you! And thanks again for this fantastic resource.

    • Hi Elyss! -Unfortunately I am unable to go back and change all the existing recipes at this time. There are numerous sites out there that have already dotn the conversion for you. Sorry! 🙁

  91. I don’t see the cholesterol mg? It’s important to me as my family is trying to lower their cholesterol. Does anyone have any idea?

    • The myth that dietary cholesterol raises blood cholesterol has long been debunked. If you Google “does eating cholesterol raise cholesterol” you’ll find a lot of information about it.

  92. Just curious about the amount of pasta as I thought 2 cups was 16 ounces not 6.  Can you confirm the amount of uncooked pasta you use?  Thanks!  Beth

    • That’s the problem with using volumes instead of weights! 2 cups of WATER weighs 16 oz. Pasta would weigh a lot less – 6oz is correct.

  93. This was surprisingly good! Toddler and hubby liked it too. Will be making this again!

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  96. using Cauliflower rice will drop it to 3 pts per serving…Awesome!!!

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  99. Such an easy quick meal! I followed almost exact. I ran out of pickles so I used jalapeños in vinegar on top- I like a kick and that satiated my spicy cravings. Also, I only had a cup of cheddar cheese versus 2, it worked! Thanks from me and my super-picky, health-conscious husband. 

    • I LOVE this idea! My boyfriend doesn’t like pickles but loves pickled jalapenos (makes no sense to me haha) so I might try this.

  100. This was great! I made it with ground turkey and used half the tomatoes and vegetable broth to lighten up the sauce due to my husbands sensitive stomach but was still great. I also used multi grain pasta. We loved it with the pickles. My daughter loved it too.
    I love all your recipes and have fun trying new ones each week. Thanks so much!

  101. Hi, Do you drain the meat once cooked?

  102. Delicious! Another post wasn’t kidding when they said it tasted like a cheeseburger from McDonald’s. Pickles are 100% necessary. I ended up mixing the cheese into everything before putting it in the oven, but other than that I followed the recipe exactly. Thank you for such wonderful healthy dinners for my family!

  103. This looks good and I would love to try it tonight. However, I only have the Rotel diced tomatoes with green chilies? yay or nay? might make it a bit more southwestern, but as it supposed to be a nasty stormy day, I really don’t have to stop for just a can of tomatoes 🙂

    I really need to start making your recipies; as i’m trying to get back on WW, doing it on my own. You have the best, easiest recipies, and I have yet to be disappointed by any of them!

  104. What other type of pasta could you use with this? 

  105. I made this tonight to have for work lunches. I didn’t have a dinner planned so I tried a helping. It is SO good and so satisfying with the pasta and cheese! I made it exactly as-us, except I made it vegetarian by using 16 oz of frozen veggie crumbles. I adjusted the Smart Points accordingly and it shaves off one point per serving making it an even better work lunch option! I will definitely make it again. Thanks!

  106. If I prep this the night before and cook it from the fridge how long do you think it would take to cook?
    Trying to prep for and lunch with the in-laws. 

  107. Try it with Lentil pasta (Tolerant is a great brand) instead of wheat pasta for an even healthier (and very tasty) version.

  108. Made this tonight and it was amazing. I was able to use up some burger patties I had in my freezer. I didn’t have rotini pasta but substituted egg noodles in place instead and it turned out great! My picky husband had two servings. Another amazing recipe Gina. 

  109. Has anyone tried this with veggie pasta?
    I made this before. Was gonna allure it with veggie pasta and add lettuce on top..

  110. Hi Gina, have you tried to adapt this for an instant pot recipe?

  111. This dish is wonderful. Do NOT skip on the pickles. I at first thought thats weird but tried it with them. They are my favourite part. I haven’t found a recipe on this site I don’t like. Thanks so much for making dinner yummy and easy.

  112. This was a HUGE hit with my family last night! Only changes I made was a little extra mustard and 1 tbls of W sauce. Next time I will use petite diced tomatoes just to cut down the chunk of them. my teenager thought the whole concept sounded ‘weird’ but she loved it. My 19 month old had seconds (I think it was the pickle pieces that sold him lol) and my husband had a giant bowl which he said was very filling and the 1c serving size along with a side salad was perfectly filling for me. Another great recipe going in the rotation! Thanks!

  113. Can this be frozen?

  114. I want to make extra. Can I freeze it? How should I bake it once its frozen?

  115. This is my favorite casserole of all time! It more than satisfy’s my cheeseburger craving! I add a teaspoon of Epicure smoky bacon topper to turn it into a bacon cheeseburger for no extra points!

  116. In case others accidentally look only at the pasta ounces, I think it is supposed to read 16 oz not 6. I just cooked 6 oz of pasta and realized it isn’t enough after the fact. ????

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  118. Is this freezer friendly?

  119. The recipe mentions 28oz diced tomatoes. Is that a can or freshly diced tomatoes?

  120. Made this for my boyfriend and me this evening. He loved it so much he he considered a second helping. I basically followed the recipe here, but added more extra garlic, some Worcestershire sauce, Montreal steak seasoning, and a bit of chili powder. I liked that I was able to taste both the mustard and the tomato “ketchup” part of the dish…it really was just like a hamburger without the bun, especially with my mom’s homemade bread and butter pickles. Would definitely make this again!

  121. Made this last night and even my 11 year old loved it. She even came back for seconds.

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  123. I made this pretty much as written.  Only I used a little bit of shredded pepper jack cheese stirred in to the noodle mixture and topped it off with the remaining reduced fat shredded cheddar for a total of two cups.. I used brown rice noodles only because my daughter bought some and she has since moved out, so I thought I’d use them… Couldn’t tell the difference.  Served on a bed of shredded lettuce and topped with a few crispy jalapeño salad toppers.  I think using some Worcestershire sauce is a great idea.  It’s a keeper!

  124. Made this last night for my 12 yr old son and it was a hit! He said I could add it to the regular menu,

  125. Love this! Next time I’m going to reduce the pasta and increase the meat, layer in some cheese into the mixture and add Worcestershire sauce similar to what others have done. Thanks!

  126. Made this again, but altered it slightly to fit what I had on hand.  These alterations turned out making this dish a HUGE hit.  They liked it when I made it the first time, but didn’t LOVE it.  Changes:  I used crushed Cento tomatoes vs diced and 2% American cheese on top.  I find that reduced fat shredded cheddar melts oddly and tends to be drier, while the American cheese was very creamy.  Swapping crushed tomatoes for the diced led to a thicker sauce and no complaining about “chunks.”  Very, very good recipe for our family!

  127. Although my family and I thought nowhere near tastes like cheeseburger more like American goulash this was pretty good.

  128. Is this freezer friendly? Want to make it for a friend having surgery.

  129. I have made this before and love it!! So I decided to make it for a friend who is having surgery. Do you think it would be ok to freeze it and take it to her the next day? If so, what temp and time would you recommend for cooking? Thank you!!

  130. I haven’t even fully put the dish together yet. My 8 YO tasted the meat mixture and says “that’s a redo!!” (What we call new dishes that we will make again!). This is a keeper!! Thank you!  Also love the weekly meal plans. Takes the hardest part of dinner, what are we going to make?, out of the equation. 

  131. This recipe was super delicious! My husband and I LOVED it! I was skeptical about the pickles at first, but they added a nice bite!

  132. I’m planning on making this tonight but have a few questions. I don’t have tomato paste, but have tomato sauce. Can I exchange that for the 2 Tbsp of paste?
    Also, I only have Rotel diced tomatoes and green chilies… think that would work?

    I’ve seen a few people have mentioned they added worcestershire sauce. I’m wondering how much.


  133. I followed several suggestions posted and this came out really great. 
    I used whole wheat pasta. 
    I used a food processor to really grind up onions and tomatoes. 
    I used yellow mustard. 
    I used Lea and perrins. 
    Pickles and especially bacon added tons of flavor. 
    We put ketchup and mustard in the table for the kids to dress up as burgers more.  
    All these additions made all the difference. We all loved it young and old alike. A winner for sure. 

    • rats! I wish I had read your suggestions ahead of time. I had no dijion so I ended up making it from scratch. tx for all the suggestions.

  134. I thought this was going to be a bit weird.. because of the pickles, my boyfriend was a bit hesitant as well, but I’ve been using your website for a month to meal plan every Sunday. It was an AWESOME pasta dish, super light and tasty! I love this blog! Thank you 🙂

  135. I made this for dinner last night and my whole family thought it tasted like a McDonald’s cheeseburger- in a good way! 🙂
    Gina- thanks for your hard work and the recipes you share with us. You have helped me be more successful in losing weight on Weight Watchers this time than I’ve been in the past!

  136. Had ground beef in the refrigerator that  I needed to use and stumbled on this recipe after searching the site. It turned out great! I added mushrooms and a dash of worcestershire sauce as some of the comments suggested and skipped the pickles. I also used a 1 1/2 cups of regular cheddar cheese since that’s what I had on hand. Used recipe builder on WW with my substitutions and came out to 7 points. Thanks for another great recipe, Gina! 

  137. I just made this again after not making it for awhile. My 18 month old gobbled it up and my husband said its one of his favorite meals

  138. Has anyone tried this with spaghetti squash??? Thinking about it instead of pasta, just in case I want a lower carb meal.

  139. Am I correct in thinking this would be 3 cups of cooked pasta since 2 oz. of uncooked is 1 cup cooked?

    I always make this 2 days after pasta night here so I pre-cook enough for this as well. 🙂

  140. This looks awesome!  My son is a picky eater, could I substitute the diced tomatoes for tomato sauce?  If so, what size can?  Can’t wait to make it!

  141. Hi, I’m assuming you don’t drain the can of diced tomatoes, correct?

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  143. i have a question… is it 28 oz diced tomatoes canned?

  144. This is such an awesome dish!! This is a weekly meal added to our menu!!

  145. Love, love, love this recipe. However, it is definitely not 5 smart points. I added up the ingredients in the weight watchers recipe builder and it was 5 smart points BEFORE adding the 2 cups of cheese. With the 2 cups (8 oz) of light cheddar, it comes out to 7 smart points (which is still pretty good considering 1/9th is a pretty generous piece). This is definitely one of our favorites.

  146. The pickles are the key!!! Also, I didn't have diced tomatoes, so I used Rotel and it was wonderful!

  147. Made this last night, it was amazing. Added a can of mushrooms and left out the pickles since I'm not a fan of them. Will definitely be making this again. Love all you recipes!

  148. My boyfriend and I made this and loved it! Added broccoli and yellow peppers. I'm not a big meat eater, and this was not too overwhelming–super yummy!

  149. Do you drain the diced tomatoes?

  150. I'm following your meal plan (I'm a week behind), which is fantastic! You have no idea how awesome it was to just print off the grocery list without even having to really look at anything because I know it all tastes good. Do you think that this recipe is something that you can prepare ahead of time then freeze before baking it? I have such a hectic schedule, and I'm big on easy meal time if at all possible.

  151. I am calculating this based on the nutrition provided and it's coming out to 6 smart points. Is something different than what's posted?

  152. Snow day and all I have in pantry is the Italian seasoned diced tomatoes. Do you think these will be ok? If not, I have crushed tomatoes or stewed tomatoes… What is the best plan?

  153. I thought this was delicious – definitely tasted like a burger in pasta form.

    However when I put in the nutrition information into the calculator it said it's actually 8 Smart Points. A little disappointed.

  154. This was the bomb, my son loved it! Easy to make and very delicious!

  155. I don't know how you broke the code for food crack, Gina, but the Weight Watchers division of the DEA should be knocking on your door soon. My family couldn't stop eating this. Seriously, my husband had to hide it from me! And if the super yummy goodness wasn't enough, I was able to clean up the kitchen while the pan was in the oven. And it has cheese!!! Will this be a repeat? Heck yeah! P.S. We feel this way about your Buffalo chicken crack, too.

  156. Would it affect the flavor if I omit the mustard? My daughter has an allergy to mustard. If so, any suggestions for a substitute?

    • I made it as written and thought it tasted like a cheeseburger. Since your daughter doesn't eat mustard, I think it would have the same flavor she's used to when eating a cheeseburger.

  157. I made this tonight for me and my husband. DELICIOUS! We are using smart points and the recipe builder says 6 points per serving (still not bad…but not 5). Gina – how did you calculate?

  158. I was wondering if I could make this without tomatoes? Can you suggest a substitute? I'm hearing good reviews, but can't have tomatoes. Thanks!

  159. When I put the ingredients in the WW Recipe Builder its coming up as 7 SP. How are you coming up with the 5 SP? I really want you to be right. lol

  160. If I used my new Crock Pot casserole 9 x 13 crock I wouldn't need to cook the pasta ahead of time, would I? I could just throw it all together and set it on low all day, right?

  161. Can I double check is that 2 Tablespoons of mustard? Seems alot ( I like mustard but just wanted to double check. Thanks!

  162. Does anyone have the TOTAL SMART POINTS? I don't see the saturated fat listed.

  163. If there's anyway you can provide that, would BE AWESOME!!!

  164. Hi !!!! I'm making this tomorrow night. I've rejoined WW again after being away for a few years. There's a new point system that calculates points based off sat fat as well. I noticed your recipes don't liste the saturated fat…

  165. I made this for the 1st time last night and it is delish!!

  166. Omg!!! Made this tonight and it was SO good!!! Thanks for the recipe:)

  167. I Used ground turkey and spaghetti squash and it came out awesome, I would absolutely make this again

  168. I've made many of these wonderful recipes with no problem. However, this one was too bland. I even added half a cup of Tillamook sharp cheddar because I really dislike the fat reduced cheese, it doesn't melt. I even tripled the garlic. I'm not sure what else I can do. Any suggestions?

  169. Has anyone tried using honey mustard or regular yellow mustard with this recipe instead of dijon? Or does the dijon help it really make a difference?

  170. Cheeseburger casserole – not something I had ever made and hubby was not thrilled about it. But I did it anyway ^_^ and boy oh boy, was it good!
    I used your recipe as a base and de-skinnified it a bit, sorry not sorry 😉

    Modifications- I used half pound of leftover taco meat (chopped up onion and la tiara seasoning) + 1 pound of new beef (cuz we like meat!!)
    Added 4 oz Philadelphia bacon cream cheese (half of container)
    Added 2-3 tablespoons of powdered cheese (Southeastern Mills Cheddar Cheese Sauce Mix)

    Sooooooooooooooooo yummy! Leftovers?! What are those :p

  171. We Love this recipe. Rotel can be used also. I had ketchup and Worcestershire sauce too.

  172. Gina, Does the recipe call for 2 cups of cooked or uncooked pasta? And does the recipe call for fresh tomatoes or canned diced tomatoes?

  173. And in your recipe is it 28 oz of fresh tomatoes or canned. I had seen Bobby's and it calls for 28 oz canned. But then some comments on his recipe people commented that it seemed like too many tomatoes and that maybe it should have been 14 oz.

  174. Gina, does the recipe call for 2 cups uncooked pasta or 2 cups cooked?

  175. Has anyone doubled the recipe? How'd it turn out? Any tips?

  176. I make this at least once a week. My husband LOVES it so much I have to double it lol. Thank you!!!!

  177. Can this be made with shredded cheddar (I've never seen grated cheddar?)?

  178. Just OK, seemed bland. First recipe I've made from this site that I won't make again.

    • Taste as you season…sound like you may have not added enough salt.

    • Ditto Heidi. It was just so, so and I do taste and season which is why I added more garlic powder and onion salt. This is probably only the 2nd time a recipe hasn't been a keeper from this site so pretty good odds overall. Pickles definitely helped it out.

  179. I made this for my family this week and they devoured it – all of them! That never happens when I cook. Thanks for the fabulous idea!

  180. I seriously try a new recipe every week and I'm never dissatisfied, I can't wait to get the cook book!!

  181. Any idea how this would work as a freezer casserole? Love to make 2 at a time when preparing casseroles, one for supper the other for the freezer for a future meal. Has anyone tried freezing this one? How was it?

    • I bet it would be great! I would just under cook the noodles if you plan on putting it in the oven frozen so they don't get too soggy

  182. Should this be made with canned tomatoes or fresh?

  183. My family requests this dish every other week! Thank you for posting such yummy recipes without the guilt!!!

  184. Could you use rice instead of the pasta?

  185. This was easy & delicious. I added worcestershire sauce, grill seasoning and mushrooms. I also did it all in an oven-safe skillet, so I only had to dirty one pan. I will definitely make this again.

  186. What if I wanted to just make half of this — what temp should I bake at for how long?

  187. Can you prepare this a few hours in advance and then just bake it off?

  188. We made this tonight and enjoyed it (we left out the mustard since neither of us like it). I think next time I would add a little worcestershire like suggested in the comment above. Overall we enjoyed it and will be making it again in the future! Thanks for sharing 🙂

  189. 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!

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

  191. 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!

  192. Ugg. Disgusting. No one liked it.

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

  194. 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!!

  195. 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!

  196. 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.

  197. 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!

  198. 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?

    • 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!

  199. 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.

  200. 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!

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

  202. Una ricetta da ristorante… semplicemente fantastica

  203. 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!

  204. 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!

  205. 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.

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

  207. 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

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

    • 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

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

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

  211. 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.

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

  213. 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!

  214. 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.

  215. 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!!

  216. 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?

  217. 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!!

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

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

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

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

  222. 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.

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

  224. 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.

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

  226. 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!

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

  228. 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!

  229. 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?

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

    • I did 8 oz.of pasta and it still was not enough for my NON Weight Watcher family, so I cooked another 8 oz. for a total of 1 lb. and it filled the tray when I brought it over my brothers and it came out to 10 Smart Points per serving which was ok for my serving, 6 oz. of pasta definately not enough

  230. 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!

  231. 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!

  232. 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.

  233. 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!

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

  235. 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!

  236. 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!

  237. This was awesome!

  238. 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!

  239. 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!

  240. 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!

    • 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!

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

  242. 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!

  243. Delish! Tastes just like a cheeseburger without the guilt! Loving your recipes!! Keep them coming! 🙂

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

  245. 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!!!

  246. 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. 🙂

  247. 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.

  248. 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.

  249. 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!

  250. 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!

  251. 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!

  252. 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!

  253. 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!

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

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

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

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

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

  259. 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.

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

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

  262. 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.

  263. 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.

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

    • There is a pasta called Dreamfields, that is very low carb-5 carbs per servings if I am thinking right. It is very good and low carb. You might want to check into it.

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

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

  267. 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!

  268. 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.

  269. 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!!

  270. 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.

  271. Made this tonight, it was excellent!

  272. 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.

  273. 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!

  274. Eating the whole pan is wrong, right?

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

  276. 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.

  277. 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!

  278. 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!!

    • 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.

  279. 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.

  280. 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!

  281. 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! 😉

  282. Just made this for dinner – very good!

  283. 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!

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

  285. Great blog! Thanks for sharing!

  286. 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.

    • 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.

  287. 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!

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

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

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

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

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

  293. 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.

  294. I am making it tomorrow using soy crumbles.

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

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

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

  298. 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!

  299. 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 😀 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!

  300. My family called American Chop Suey!…but no pickles!

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

  302. 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!

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

  304. 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! 🙂

  305. 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!

  306. 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!

  307. 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!

  308. 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!

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

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


  311. 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!

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

  313. 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.

  314. 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!!!

  315. 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?

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

  317. 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 !!!!

  318. 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!

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

  320. 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.

    • 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.

    • 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. 🙂

  321. Gina – this looks amazing…especially to this pregnant lady!! Can't wait to try it this weekend.

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

    • 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 🙂

  323. Making this tonight! Thanks for the inspiration!

  324. 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!

  325. You had me at cheeseburger.

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

  327. oh dear…I would eat 5 servings on my own

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

  329. That looks SO tasty! I will have to make it soon 🙂

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

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

  332. I must try this ASAP.

  333. OMG! It looks yummy.

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

  335. 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!!!

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

  337. 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!!