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!
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?