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The other day I woke up craving a big ol’ bacon cheeseburger and I just couldn’t stop thinking about one! Now, I can make a pretty mean lightened up cheeseburger, but I wanted to make something just a lil different so, this One Pot Bacon Cheeseburger Pasta was born and oh lordy, I’m so happy it was!

one pot cheeseburger pasta with pickles in a big white bowl

I want to keep this post just a lil shorter and sweeter because guess what?

It’s sunny…

It’s 65 degrees…

 It’s April, and… [drumroll]

It’s not snowing anymore!!

It’s SPRING! (please don’t let that be a jinx)

And, I’ve offically got spring fever. I want to clean all the things, grill all the things, plant all the things, and live outside. However, I’m sitting here on this lovely Spring-y, Sunday morning to write this lil ol’ post to you, my dear friends, because I love ya and because I tortured y’all by showing you this One Pot Bacon Cheeseburger Pasta for daaaaaaaays last week on Instagram with promises of it being up this weekend. You were all so excited and I just didn’t know, and I didn’t look at the forecast. (I mean, who even looks at forecasts anymore?)

I shouldn’t have procrastinated all week as I so often do. But do you wanna know something very personal about me? I am a huge procrastinator, and I work best when it’s very last minute. I fly by the seat of my pants, and I just kinda wing everything. So I’m going to quickly write this post, and then I think I’m going to pack a bag, and just move outside. I can hear Pepper and Eric out there flying a kite right now. But first, I’m gonna finish up here inside, in front of the laptop. Because I love all you guys, and I hope you make this right now… I just know you’re going to love it!

Okay, let me tell you why you should make this like yesterday:

  1. It’s easy-peasy.
  2. It’s made in one pot, aka my favorite thing. 
  3. It’s a ton of food for very few Weight Watchers Points, and it’s lighter in calories.
  4. It’s cheeseburger-ey heaven.
  5. It’s flavorlicious. (new word, you like?)
  6. It makes for perfect meal prep because it reheats deliciously!

To the kitchen we go!

Chop up some red onion. It’ll be a heaping cup full.

Chop up some center cut bacon too, then throw it in a hot skillet. Cook it up for a few minutes.

Be sure your skillet has a tight fitting lid. Since this is a one pot meal that means that you’re noodles will be made in it too and in order for them to cook properly, you’re going to need that lid.

Here’s a link to the skillet I use. It’s tried and true in all of my one pot meals. I love this skillet.

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When the bacon has started to crisp up, throw in your chopped up red onion.

Let it cook for a few minutes until the bacon is crisp, and the onions are soft.

Now right here, you can go one of two ways: You can leave the bacon and onions in (like I do), or you can remove them and toss them back in at the end when the pasta is all done. This helps keep the bacon a bit more crispy. Some people would rather do it that way. It’s totally up to you! I leave it in the pan, and let those flavors blend together!

Add in the ground beef, break apart with spatula, and continue to cook until browned- drain any excess grease out of the pan.

I will always, always, always, use Lawry’s Seasoned Salt on a classic cheeseburger. Since, I’m going for the classic bacon cheeseburger flavor in this dish, It makes for the perfect combination of flavor. You can find this stuff in any grocery store in the spice section.

And because burgers and pickles go together like mac and cheese, let’s add some dill relish.

And a can’a diced tomatoes!

Stir it all together, and then stir in your dry pasta. Bring it to a boil, reduce heat to simmer, put a tight fitting lid onto the skillet, and let it cook for about 12 minutes or until the noodles are done cooking.

When the noodles are done cooking, stir in shredded mozzarella cheese, worcestershire sauce, ketchup, mustard, and half and half. Continue to cook over medium-high heat for 3-4 minutes until the sauce thickens up and becomes creamy.

Let the sauce set for a few minutes, salt and pepper to taste, then seeeeerve it on up!

I added just a bit of reduced fat sharp cheddar and some crispy bacon to make it a lil more photogenic. It doesn’t need it whatsoever!

But I’m not gonna sit here and tell you that didn’t make it even more delicious.

I think this might be my new favorite food group.

It’s just so good, guys!

You’re going to love it!

And, honestly, it’s such a hefty serving size that I almost couldn’t finish it. Almost. I’m not a quitter, y’all. Not one noodle was left behind.

In conclusion, you need to make this as soon as humanly possible.

And we’re done. Time to go play outside!

With love from my kitchen to yours,

Star

P.S. It’s even better as leftovers! Hoo-ray! 

One Pot Bacon Cheeseburger Pasta

A one pot pasta take on a classic bacon cheeseburger meal. Perfect for weeknights and it’s incredibly delicious! 
Print Recipe
one pot cheeseburger pasta with pickles in a big white bowl
Prep Time:5 mins
Cook Time:25 mins
Total Time:30 mins

Ingredients

  • 1 medium red onion diced
  • 6 slices center cut bacon chopped, raw
  • 1 lb extra lean ground beef raw
  • 1.5 tsp Lawry’s Seasoned Salt
  • 3 tbsp dill relish
  • 1- 14.5 oz fire roasted diced tomatoes
  • cups beef broth
  • 1 cup water
  • 8 oz pasta, dry I use Campanelle, but you can use any type of pasta that holds sauce well
  • 3/4 cup shredded part skim mozzarella cheese
  • 1/2 cup fat free half and half
  • 1/4 cup reduced sugar ketchup I use Heinz
  • 2 tbsp yellow mustard
  • 1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  • salt & pepper, to taste

Instructions

  • Heat a large skillet over medium heat. Add chopped bacon. Cook for a few minutes and then add in the diced red onion. Cook until bacon is crisp and onion is soft.
  • Add ground beef and break apart with spatula. Season with seasoned salt and continue to cook with the bacon and onions until meat is browned.
  • Add a can of diced tomatoes and the dill relish stir into the meat and then add the dry pasta along with beef broth, water, and a pinch of salt. Stir all together and bring to a boil and then reduce heat. Cover and simmer for about 12 minutes or until the pasta is cooked.
  • When the noodles are cooked, stir in mozzarella cheese, half and half, ketchup, mustard, and Worcestershire sauce. Over medium-high heat stir constantly for about 2-3 minutes or until the sauce is thickened. Let set for a couple of minutes before serving to help the sauce thicken a bit more. Salt & Pepper to taste! Serve & enjoy! 
    Optional: Sprinkle with extra cheese, pickles, onions, and/or bacon, if desired! 

Notes

Serving size: 1.5 cups 
WW Points: 9
387 calories. 11g fat, 5g saturated fat, 37g carbohydrates, net carbs 35g, 2g fiber, 5g sugars, 0 added sugar, 0 sugar alcohol, 32g protein
 

Nutrition

Calories: 387kcal | Carbohydrates: 37g | Protein: 32g | Fat: 11g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Sodium: 690mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 5g
Servings: 6
Calories: 387kcal
Author: Star @ the skinny-ish dish
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115 Comments

  1. 5 stars
    Absolutely love this recipe!!! I am going to try it in my instant pot tonight. Will report back!! Thanks for all your content and all the hard work you put into making these amazing recipes

  2. 5 stars
    I love these one pot meals! And truthfully, somehow, with all the ingredients, and different flavors, you can still taste all the individual pieces to it, REALLY bringing out that bacon cheeseburger-goodness. Kids picked out what noddles we used, and I can’t wait for these left overs this week!

  3. 5 stars
    Oh my! This is very good. I love that it is a one pot meal and so delish. I forgot to grab bacon but had bacon bits from Costco so I threw those in. My kids (15,13,9) gobbled it up!

  4. 5 stars
    This pasta is amazing, not sure why someone said flavorless. We loved it and will def be making again soon. Maybe add some more toppings such as cheese jalapenos, we like the pickled tamed ones, more cheese! We didn’t need any extras but everyone’s tastebuds are different. It’s a keeper for us!!!

    1. Thank you so much! Some people are just never happy. And some people are also internet trolls. haha

  5. 5 stars
    We made this tonight for the family (4 year old, and 2 year old included) and we all loved it!! We used brown rice pasta and it worked so well!! This is definitely a rotation meal for us now!

    1. Sorry, I don’t have that info for this one. However, it takes only about 12 minutes on the stove top and it’s all in one pot if that helps!

  6. One of our favorite dishes that has made it onto our rotation. We make this 1-2 times a week. Doesn’t taste diet at all and is pretty quick with limited dishes.

  7. 3 stars
    I haven’t met a SkinnyishDish that I don’t love but this one was lacking some flavor for me. I’m not sure if was a me issue and the bacon didn’t render enough fat for flavor or if this dish just isn’t for my taste buds. I do love the chicken fajita pasta though!

    1. 5 stars
      This is seriously so good!! I made this tonight and my family loved it!! I messed with the proportions a bit as I did 1.5 pounds of meat and a pound of farfalle so I added a bit more of everything. My teenager and two preteens ate so much! I did take the bacon out after I rendered it and kept it on a paper towel lined plate and cut into large chunks to add after I made the cheese sauce to keep it crispier. Two out of five of us topped it with pickled jalapeños. Everyone loved it!! The flavors sung beautifully! Thank you!!

  8. 5 stars
    I love it, my husband loves it, and my dogs love the smell of it! It’s insane how you can get the exact taste of a bacon cheeseburger in a pasta! The best part is that it’s quick enough to make on a weeknight <3

  9. I love making this recipe!! I was wondering if I could sub almond milk for the half & half? I sometimes don’t have that on hand!

  10. 5 stars
    #top2021
    I almost forgot about this little gem even though I use it often! So good! Do your self a favor & add them pickles in!

  11. 5 stars
    I’ve made this one multiple times, it immediately became a go to for my family! It tastes just like a cheeseburger #top21

  12. 5 stars
    I’m a sucker for a good ‘One pot meal’ and this one does not disappoint. So flavorful!! #top2021

  13. 5 stars
    This pasta is amazing! It is so easy to make and flavorful. I have two teenagers, and I love that your recipes not only are health conscious, but something the whole family loves!

  14. 5 stars
    This is one of my family’s absolute favorite meals. Even the picky men in the family request this every week. The only change I make is that I don’t mix in the relish, but top my portion with chopped dill pickles (thank you picky men!) This meal will not disappoint.

  15. 5 stars
    Made this tonight for dinner and loved it. I only had fat free mozzarella and it was still delicious! Will definitely be making this again!

  16. 5 stars
    This is amazing. I made this tonight because I was looking for something quick and easy. I also remembered @ashleyaf daughter loved this one. I did leave out the bacon since my daughter doesn’t like bacon. I used chopped dill pickles since I had no dill relish, and I also used 2Tbsp nonfat Greek yogurt instead of the half and half since I didn’t have any milk on hand. Definitely a new favorite.

    1. So happy you enjoyed and that it worked well with a couple quick subs! Thanks for letting me know and ratings, Jamie!

  17. 4 stars
    Any chance you could update the recipe with whether or not the diced tomatoes need to be drained? I removed excess grease but still wound up with tons of extra liquid

    1. they don’t need to be drained which is why I didn’t specify. Sounds like it just needed to reduce a bit more on the stove.

  18. 5 stars
    This dish is just about a weekly staple in our house. Everyone loves it, I practically eat my dinner out of the pan because I can’t wait to get it. To save some time and mess I use pre cooked crumbled bacon and I never have half and half so I use almond milk or 1% milk and it turns out just as good!! I also use GF pasta because I have celiac. I always have all the ingredients for this dish on hand and it is so simples to make. Definitely a 5 star dish!!

  19. 5 stars
    Ok if you’re craving a cheeseburger this is a must!!!! My husband always says “make that cheeseburger one” and I know he means this dish. It’s fabulous!

  20. This is the best! Made a big batch before I had my daughter and froze. Was so thankful to have it after a long day with a newborn. Now when I make this it’s just so comforting and reminds me of those days

  21. 5 stars
    best recipe in the world!! i just ate 2 cups and it was worth every point!!!! all the flavors explode in your mouth as your eating and your just going crazy! so good!!!!!!!

  22. 5 stars
    One of my family’s favorite meals! Sooooo yummy and easy to make. All of Star’s recipes are go-to’s, but this one is frequently requested in my household. Thank you for what you do and making my life easier.
    @heatherh321

  23. 5 stars
    Best recipe hands down! But they’re all the best lol
    I just can enjoy a burger in any form! This is so delicious and you have to add all the extras! It can’t be beat!
    @llsmiley01

  24. 5 stars
    A literal life changer! I have a forbidden love with McDonald’s value cheeseburgers and this pasta reminded me of them in every right way. After I made this I had to deliver some to my parents house immediately to taste the perfection I had just created all by my self thanks to the clear instructions given! I am not a big mustard fan, never have been so I think next time, I MIGHT do half the amount but even with the regular amount – I’m in love so why fix something that’s not broken! Do yourself a favor & try this omg.

    @gettingfitwafoodie & long time follower on my personal Instagram!

  25. 5 stars
    This is one that literally gets cheers from my family when I say it’s on the menu!!! We love it

  26. 5 stars
    This is one of my favorites! I just made it tonight, and it turns out great every time. The sauce tastes amazing! @lbochs

  27. 5 stars
    Definitely one of my all time faves! The kiddos like it too! Which says it all these days.

  28. 5 stars
    This is one of our favorite dishes that we keep in our rotation (on WW or not). Such an easy one to throw together and kid approved!
    Insta: shrinkingsisters_ww

  29. 5 stars
    So easy to make and I love that it’s 1 pot! Plus super tasty!

    IG handle: Tasha_lynn1925

  30. 5 stars
    This is def one of my fav recipes on repeat! Soooooo tasty and filling. The flavors go so well together. It’s also how I discovered dill relish, which is now a staple hahah. Thanks for another great recipe!

    My Instagram handle is @myurick

  31. 5 stars
    I was hesitant on making this recipe, but I finally decided to give it a try. Seriously?! Why did I wait so long!!! This recipe is amazing – the kind of recipe that you dream about making then dream about the leftovers! Make this one pronto! So delicious! It’s on a permanent rotation in our house now! ajohnson0406

  32. 5 stars
    This recipe is so easy and so delicious! It is a go to week night meal for me. I have it on my meal plan for this week!

    Insta handle: @giiinaaa_a

    1. 5 stars
      Love this recipe! It’s on our staple meal lists, my husband requests it every time I ask him what he wants for dinner. I am so thankful for you Star and this website. You truly have a gift for cooking and make it easier to balance WW with a husband and 2 kids who aren’t on the program.

  33. 5 stars
    This is fabulous! A family favorite. My husband will always go back for seconds. It’s all our favorite things in one meal.

  34. 5 stars
    This recipe was an unexpected favorite! Easy to throw together and all of the flavors play off of eachother so so well!

  35. Love this recipe so much!! It’s definitely a family favorite. Finding a dish that the entire family loves is not easy in this family but this recipe is definitely one that we all enjoy!

  36. 5 stars
    This is a family favorite and so easy to put together. I have everything on hand and just like that we have dinner that everyone enjoys!

  37. 5 stars
    We absolutely love this recipe. I have made several of yours and have not found one yet that I did not love!! Thank you so much for coming up with these. It makes my Weight Watchers Journey so much easier!!

    1. 5 stars
      This dish is my most favorite dish and is in the regular rotation in our house. It is so creamy and indulgent, but a great low calorie option.

      Insta handle:weekliesareforextrachips

  38. 5 stars
    Holy WOW this recipe is tasty!!!! Most definitely recommend! The burger flavor was spot on. Hubby says this one is definitely a keeper!

  39. 5 stars
    OMG! Run, do not walk and make this! It was amazing – first time making it but won’t be the last. Makes a nice big pot and comes together quick and easy. You get all the flavors of that bacon cheeseburger!! Thank you!

  40. 5 stars
    The most AMAZINGLY DELICIOUS dish that I’ve ever had the pleasure of making, let alone eat it on WW. The bacon cheeseburger pasta has been our go-to for well over a year. My husband requests it often and I’ve even made it for his friends who can’t believe that it’s WW friendly.

  41. 5 stars
    This was the first of your recipes that we made and it was a winner!! One of my worries when starting WW was that food was going to taste bland and too “light” all the time. Not the case with this dish. It was delicious and the kids gobbled it down too. Can’t wait to add this to our meal rotation.

  42. I don’t have Lawry’s. Could I use something to replace? What flavor is key? I have other seasoningsz

  43. 5 stars
    This meal is so incredibly delicious! An entire family favorite. My husband loves hamburger helper and I refuse to eat it (so gross!) so when I found this recipe he was elated, and now it’s become a staple in our meal planning! Thank you

  44. 5 stars
    This is definitely part of my TOP 5 favorite recipes, and my husband’s too. I try to have it in my monthly rotation!

  45. 5 stars
    This was so good. One of my favorites. Thank you for creating these delicious recipes for us who are following the WW plan.

    1. What was the time you used in your instapot for the noodles? Also did you drain the greases too?

  46. 5 stars
    This taste wonderful! I am trying new recipes that are WW friendly and this one doesn’t taste like it’s sort of low in points. Thanks for all you do, Star.

  47. 5 stars
    I make this twice a month! My family LOVES this amazing recipe! Such a winner! I made it this last time with medium shells instead of the Campanelle and it was even better I think! The shells hold the sauce so well but really any pasta would be a winner with this! So, soo good! Thank you for sharing!

  48. 5 stars
    holy yum. made this for meal prep and i’m having the first serving now. topped it with some green onions and it’s delicious! great recipe.

  49. Thank you for your recipes! They helped me be successful with weight watchers to lose 50lbs to reach my goal of pregnancy! I’m due the end of April and I’m thinking about freezer meal-prepping. Will this meal freeze? Have you tried?? It was one of my fave and would love to have it easy in the freezer!!

    1. Hey Kristen! I haven’t personally froze this one, but I have seen a few people do it over on social media and say it’s delicious! My heart is so happy that I’ve helped you reach such an amazing goal. Wishing you a safe and easy last couple months of pregnancy!

  50. I know that the recipe says 6 servings..do you know about how much that is? About a cup?
    By the way, I just ran across your website about a month ago and I’m so glad I did! Everything that I have made from it is SOOO good! Thank you!!

    1. Hey Keri! So glad you found me too and happy to hear you’ve been enjoying the recipes. The serving size is 1.5 cups. Just so you know where to find that next time in the printable recipe at the bottom in the “notes” section. There’s always a “suggested” serving size amount along with points/calories if that’s your thing. I hope you love this one too!

  51. My husband hates diced tomatoes. Could I leave them out or should I do something like tomato sauce? Maybe add a bit more broth to replace the tomato water?

    1. You could definitely leave out the diced tomatoes! I have a friend who hates them too and she just leaves them out and says it still tastes perfect.

  52. 5 stars
    This was a hit!! So hard to find things my kids will eat and they REALLY liked this recipe I tried for the first time last night! Will definitely be saving this in my repeats!

    1. 5 stars
      This was so delicious and I haven’t stopped talking about it since I made it!! Been back on ww for a month and your recipes are certainly helping me keep on the program!! Thank you for keeping my husband and I so well fed!!

  53. 5 stars
    This was a hit with my family! In fact, I was so disappointed there were no leftovers! Smelled yummy, looked yummy, and tasted yummy! I have been making your recipes for a while now, and they are some of my faves!!!! Thank you for recipes that we can enjoy and still watch our weight!

  54. 5 stars
    I made this tonight after seeing it on your Top 10 of 2018 … it is absolutely delicious!! The flavors are so devine … and very satisfying, too! I will add this to our rotation for sure. And can’t wait to have leftovers tomorrow and try other recipes of yours, as well! Thank you so much!

  55. Looks really good. What’s the purpose of the parchment paper in the bowl? How would lean ground turkey affect points?

    1. no purpose- i just was trying something different for photographs since it was inspired by a takeout cheeseburger and that’s how they serve a lot of take out cheeseburgers. Ha! I’ll probably change the photos in the new year because I don’t think it makes sense to anyone but me. I’m not sure about the ground turkey it would depend on what % of fat is used. Probably a point or two less. Hope you enjoy!

  56. ***** 5 star rating… It won’t let me select the stars.
    OMG I love this! Soo good for dinner and then meal prepped for lunch – can’t get enough. Even better is that my 3 yr old loves it too.

    1. So happy you enjoy, Kassie!!! sorry the rating thing was messed up. I’ll have to check it out!

  57. If I use lean ground Turkey instead of ground beef, how many WW smart points would a serving be?

  58. Hi there, wondering if I use lean turkey instead of beef, will it be less spoints? If so, how many? Thank you!

  59. Hi there, wondering if I use lean turkey instead of beef, will it be less spicy? If so, how many? Thank you!

  60. I want to double this recipe, do you recommend changing anything or just double everything? I am doing the same withe Creamy white chicken chili that was amazing the last time I made it and there was none left so I need to double that too!

  61. I really want to make this but am a full-time student with little time to cook. Do you think this could be made in the crockpot?

    1. More than likely yes, but I haven’t tried it personally so I don’t have the time and measurements down for that method.

  62. 5 stars
    Star,

    I just wanted you to know that I love your recipes and blog! It is key in my weight loss journey that I eat foods that are yummy and don’t make me feel like I’m punishing myself! Also, I love your recipes with lots of servings so I can have leftovers for the week! I’m a busy single mama and I need yummy and easy meals! Thank you for all you do! You are amazing!!!!

  63. Can you use milk instead of half and half? My only missing ingredient is half and half. Thanks!

  64. Wow! Just read it for the THIRD TIME and saw when to add it.. you are amazing.. me, not so much! ‍♀️
    Toni

    1. I’m sorry I haven’t used gluten free noodles much, but it should work out just fine! I’d just check them while you’re cooking them with everything else to make sure they don’t get overcooked/undercooked.

      1. I made this de-lish dish with gluten free (brown rice) pasta tonight and… Oh, My, YUM!!!!

  65. I’m making this tonight…finally! Is that parchment paper you put it in in your bowl? What’s the purpose of doing that?

    1. I too was wondering about the parchment paper in the bowl. Please tell me the purpose. Thanks!

      1. no purpose- i just was trying something different for photographs since when you get a takeout cheeseburger, that’s how they’re served. ha! it obviously doesn’t make much sense to anyone but me. I’ll probably update the photos in the new year. Hope you enjoy!

    2. 5 stars
      You are a genius! This recipe is so perfect. Quick, easy, one pot, and bursting with flavor! My kiddos gobble it up all the time. I’m not surprised, as we haven’t tried a recipe of yours that isn’t a hit. But this is probably my favorite!! Thank you for making such delicious recipes that are WW friendly!

  66. Hi Star, do you think the One Pot Bacon Cheeseburger Pasta could be made in the Instapot? I’m new to the Instapot and I have not yet made any pasta in it.

    P.S. I love love love your marinade, Chicken Con Broccoli, Chipotle Chicken and Southwestern egg rolls (first egg roll I ever made in my life and they were super easy and fun!) Thanks for all you do. We love you!!!

    1. Hi Hollie! I’m soon happy you love all the recipes! I have no doubt that this pasta can be made in the Instant Pot. However, I don’t have one so I don’t know the exact changes that would need to happen. My guess is that the liquid might need to change a little? Not sure! I hope you love it. Let me know how it goes if you try it in the pot!

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