Cheeseburger Casserole

Bee's Baking - Cheeseburger CasseroleAdapted from Skinny Taste

Ingredients

170g (raw weight) rotini (spiral) pasta
2 cloves (10g) garlic, minced
1 teaspoon salt
500g extra lean beef mince
50g tomato paste
2 brown onions, diced
2 x 400g tins diced Italian tomatoes
125g (1 cup) cheese (double for casserole, reduced-fat cheddar used here)
60g pickles, chopped finely
30g Dijon mustard (BBQ sauce would probably also be good)
1 tablespoon (20ml) Worcestershire sauce (optional)
Extra meat (optional) – sausage, bacon, etc. (85g bacon + 80g chorizo used here)
Extra vegetables (optional) – zucchini, mushrooms, etc. (200g mixed veg used here)
Extra spices (optional) – cayenne pepper, paprika, chilli powder, etc.
Salt and pepper to taste
Olive oil, as required

Method

1. Preheat oven to 180°C (350°F, Gas 4) & spray a baking dish (if making into a casserole)
2. Cook pasta according to package directions until al dente and set aide
3. In a large skillet, cook onions (+ extra meat/veg) until soft, about 5 minutes
4. Stir in the garlic for 30 seconds, then add beef and cook until browned
5. Season mixture with salt and pepper (and any additional spices)
6. Stir in tomato paste, tomatoes, and mustard.  Allow mixture to thicken for about 2 minutes
7. Toss meat mixture with pasta and either: pour into baking dish and sprinkle with cheese, then bake until cheese is melted (20 minutes) OR stir through desired amount of cheese (the latter was done here)
8. Sprinkle with pickles and serve.

Nutritional Information

– Recipe yields 5 servings
– Each serving contains ~511 calories, 48g carbs, 44g protein, and 13g fat

 

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