Cheeseburger, cheeseburger, cheeseburger casserole

Hello, hello!

Let me start by saying “I love cheeseburgers”! Any kind of cheeseburger.  Bleu cheese, Gruyere cheese, Swiss cheese, cheese gumbo,  cheese curds,  cheese, cheese, cheese….wpid-20150718_173950.jpg

But I digress, this casserole is so easy to bring together,  and so delicious.  I mean, you can taste all the cheeseburger goodness in every bite!

slightly adapted from Skinnytaste wpid-20150718_180021-1.jpg

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups uncooked rotini pasta (I used whole grain)
  • 2 tsp oil
  • 1 onion,  finely chopped
  • 1 garlic clove,  minced
  • 1 lb lean ground turkey
  • 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 grated cheddar cheese
  • 1-2 dill pickles,  roughly chopped

Instructions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350°. Spray 9 x 13 baking dish with cooking spray.
  2. In a large pot of boiling water cook pasta according to package. Drain and set aside.
  3. In a large skillet, heat oil over medium-low heat.  Add onions and cook until soft.
  4. Stir in the garlic and cook for 30 seconds.
  5. Stir in the turkey and cook until browned.  Season with salt and pepper.
  6. Stir in tomato paste, and then add diced tomatoes and mustard. Cook for about 2 minutes.
  7. Toss the meat mixture with the pasta and then spread into prepared pan.
  8. Top with cheddar cheese.
  9. Sprinkle dill pickle pieces.
  10. Bake in oven for 15 to 20 minutes.
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