Monday, September 30, 2013

One-Pot Cheeseburger Pasta

Now that fall is here, bring on casserole season.  These comforting dishes are perfect for fall.  What I loved about this one, is that it provides a taste of summer in the form of a casserole dish. 

Better yet, it’s made in one pot.  Good tasting dinner, comfort food in October and one pot?!  That’s a winner to me. 

One-Pot Cheeseburger Pasta – Adapted from Number 2 Pencil

Ingredients

  • 1 C (about 1/2 lb) ground beef and turkey mixture
  • 2 T minced onion
  • 1 (15 oz can) tomato sauce
  • 8 roma tomatoes, diced
  • 1 C chicken broth
  • 1 C water
  • 1/8 C ketchup
  • 1 T spicy brown mustard
  • 7-8 oz. whole wheat rotini pasta
  • 1 C shredded extra sharp cheddar cheese
  • Bacon and parsley for garnish
  • salt & pepper

Directions

Brown the ground beef and turkey mixture in a large stockpot, seasoning well with salt and pepper.  Drain excess grease. 

To the same pot, add 2 T minced onion, 1 can of tomato sauce, 1 C chicken broth and 1 C water.  Add in about 7 oz. whole wheat pasta and bring the pot to a boil. 

Stir in roughly 1 C diced Roma tomatoes, 1/8 C ketchup and 1 T spicy brown mustard.

Reduce the pasta dish to a simmer, stirring frequently for about 10-15 minutes until the pasta is done.  Most all of the liquid should be absorbed at this point, but if you notice the liquid is lacking, add additional water during the cooking process. 

Remove the pasta dish from the heat. 

Stir in 1/2 C extra sharp cheddar cheese.

Garnish with remaining cheese, parsley and, if interested, crumbled bacon.

Enjoy!

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