Friday, April 17, 2015

Cheeseburger Casserole

Recently, I was browsing through recipes at Skinny Taste when I came across one for Cheeseburger Casserole. Immediately I thought to myself, this doesn't seem skinny at all - but it sure sounds delicious!

Somehow, this casserole comes in at fewer than 300 calories per serving. However, all of the deliciousness you'd expect from a good cheeseburger is there. Add to that an extremely simple prep. This one's a winner!

Cheeseburger Casserole
Recipe from Skinny Taste

2 cups uncooked rotini pasta (I used Creamette 150 to further reduce calories and increase fiber)
2 tsp olive oil
1 medium onion, finely diced
1 clove garlic, minced
1lb lean ground beef
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 shredded cheddar cheese (I only used 1.5 cups - I found you don't need it all)
Dill pickle slices for garnish

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a large pot, bring water to a boil and cook pasta until al dente. Drain and set aside.

Heat oil in a large skillet, then add the diced onion. Cook until softened before adding the garlic, followed by the ground beef. Cook until beef is no longer pink then drain excess oil. Season with salt and pepper, then stir in the tomato paste, diced tomatoes and Dijon mustard. Cook for an additional 2-3 minutes.

Toss the meat mixture with the cooked pasta and spread in a 9x13 casserole dish. Top with the shredded cheddar and cover with aluminum foil. Bake for 15-20 minutes or until the cheese is melted. Remove from the oven and top with pickle slices. Serve with ketchup and mustard.

Tell me: What are your favorite burger toppings?

- ST


  1. :O This looks absolutely mouth watering! Mmm. And two of my favorite things for toppings. Cheese and pickles! :) A couple other of my favorite toppings for burgers are a nice big juicy tomato and bacon! Oh and this one probably sounds weird, but I had one with an egg on it at a restaurant a while back, and it was actually really good!

    1. Yum, you just can't beat a bacon cheeseburger! Ha, actually that gives me the idea of sprinkling some turkey bacon on top next time I make this casserole!

  2. I've had a cheeseburger casserole before, but it had so many more calories per serving than this. 300 is awesome!
    Thanks for sharing! I am a huge fan of this kind of food, I know I shouldn't admit that, but oh my gosh its just yummy!

    1. Ha, there's just something about admitting to like casseroles, isn't there? I like them, too. It's total comfort food!

  3. This looks great! I may even sub the pasta with spaghetti squash.

    1. That's a great idea, Jenny! Let me know how it turns out :)