Sunday, July 28, 2013

Cheeseburger Casserole

I dont know what it is with me lately but, Ive been really loving having pasta for my lunch during the week.  It's really filling and it leaves me that way all day long.  This dish also seemed ideal because who doesnt love cheeseburgers?  Seriously.  They are delicious and if one can find a way to incorporate them into their intake in a healthy manner, well, PARTY!  BONUS!

Recipe from Skinny Taste
Yields 9 servings
260 calories per serving

2 c uncooked whole wheat pasta
2 tsp olive oil
1.5 c chopped onions
1 clove garlic, chopped
1 lb lean ground beef
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp black pepper
2 tbsp tomato paste
28 oz diced tomatoes
2 tbsp dijon mustard
2 c shredded reduced fat cheddar cheese
1/4 dill pickles, chopped

Preheat the oven to 350.
Spray a 9x13 baking dish with cooking spray.
Cook the pasta al dente & drain well.

In a large skillet, heat the oil over medium low heat.
Add the onions and cook until soft, for about 5 minutes.
Add the garlic & cook for about 30 seconds.
Stir in the beef & cook until browned.
Season with salt & pepper.
Add the tomato paste, the tomatoes & mustard.
Stir together & let bubble until thickened.

Place the pasta & meat mixture into the baking dish and stir together.
Top with cheddar and bake for 15 minutes.
Sprinkle with pickles and serve.

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