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One Pot Bacon Cheeseburger Pasta

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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.

Click here for skillet. (affiliate)

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! 

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One Pot Bacon Cheeseburger Pasta

A one pot pasta take on a classic bacon cheeseburger meal. Perfect for weeknights and it’s incredibly delicious! 
Prep Time5 minutes
Active Time25 minutes
Total Time30 minutes
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Yield: 6
Calories: 387kcal
Author: Star @ the skinny-ish dish

Materials

  • 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

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117 Comments

  1. 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!

  2. 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

  3. 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!

  4. 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.

  5. 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!!

  6. 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

  7. 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!

  8. 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!

  9. 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

  10. 5 stars
    I’m a sucker for a good ‘One pot meal’ and this one does not disappoint. So flavorful!! #top2021

  11. 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!

  12. 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.

  13. 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!

  14. 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!

  15. 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.

  16. 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!!

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