Thursday, October 4, 2018

Cheeseburger Pasta

When I'm on the hunt for a weeknight meal I try to look for recipes that call for ingredients I have on hand, preferably something that can be made in one pan/pot and something that will elicit minimal protesting from my children.  I've had  this pasta dish bookmarked for a while and Monday night I tried it out.  Everyone ate (and loved!) it and I was able to get it on the table by 5:15 after getting home around 4:30 so that was a big win!

Here's What You'll Need...
- 16 oz penne pasta
- 1 lb lean ground beef
-1/4 cup butter
- 1/2 cup flour
-2 cups milk (we drink Skim so I picked up 2% to make this a little creamier)
- 1 1/4 cup beef broth
- 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
- 3 teaspoons ground mustard
- 2 cans (14.5 oz each) diced tomatoes, drained
- A few green onions
- about 3 cups shredded colby jack
- 2/3 cups grated Parmesan cheese

Step One - Brown the ground beef and then remove it to a bowl using a slotted spoon.

Step 2 - Melt the butter in the same pan you cooked the meat in.  Leave some of the beef drippings in the pan as well.  Once the butter is melted, sprinkle in the flour and whisk it together until it's smooth.  Then let it cook over medium/low heat for a couple of minutes - make sure it doesn't burn!

Step Three - Pour in the beef broth, milk and dry mustard.  Stir CONSTANTLY until it's smooth and starts to boil.  Once it's boiling let it thicken and cook for a couple of minutes and then pour in the tomatoes, reduce the heat, cover and simmer for about 5-7 minutes.  Season to taste with salt and pepper.

Step 4 - Mix in the beef you browned earlier, the green onions, about 2 cups of the colby jack and about 1/3 cups of Parmesan.

It's going to look like delicious queso.


Once the sauce is heated through stir in the cooked pasta and toss everything to coat.  At this point you could top the whole thing with a little bit more cheese and then cover and wait for it all to melt OR...

... you can portion it out into the CUTEST pumpkin cocottes EVER, top with cheese, cover and serve.

The kids ate it along with fruit and yogurt and Dave and I had a chopped kale salad (the best one ever from Costco!).  If you're looking for a cheesy and hearty Fall meal that's quick, easy and delicious this is the recipe for you!  

Happy Fall, y'all!!!

PS - here are the links for the cocottes, dutch oven and chopper tool.  The links are affiliate links adn thank you so much for reading and supporting my blog!


  1. That looks delish! Off topic--I'm finally going to buy those big Nickel & Suede earrings but I'd rather do it through an affiliate link on your blog. I can't find one!

    1. AH! That's so sweet! I'm sure there's one buried in a Friday Favorites post somewhere :) If you'll email me I'll send you a direct link!

  2. Yummy!!!! That looks like a perfect fall dinner!! Thanks for sharing!

  3. I am all about the easy weeknight meals! My kids would love this-thank you!

  4. This sounds and looks quite yummy! I will have to try it someday soon! Also, I'm in love with your pumpkin bowls!

    1. Everything tastes better in a pumpkin bowl, right? :)

  5. Oh yum!! Adding this to my grocery list for dinner next week!!

  6. Sounds amazing and like something our family would totally enjoy. Thanks for sharing!

  7. Hey Andrea! You don't have to publish this - just shoot me an E-mail @ I made this and my picky husband approved! Of course I had to leave out the green onions, but I really just did it because I didn't have any! Next time, I'll put them in there & he will just have to deal! LOL I just have one question. When do you add the Worcestershire sauce? Thanks so much! I need quick & easy kid approved recipes for my big kid!


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