“Healthy-ish” Cheeseburger Casserole

I’m not much of a cook and I have a house full of picky eaters, so anytime I find a recipe with cheese and pasta I jump on it. I originally came across a recipe for Cheeseburger Casserole on Pinterest and kind of put my own healthier twist on it. This recipe is a great budget friendly meal, and can be made ahead of time if needed, plus it is quite the crowd-pleaser!


What you need:
• 1 lb ground turkey (sometimes I use ground beef)
• 6-8 ounces veggie rotini (any pasta will do, but in keeping with the healthy-ish version, I use the veggie kind)
• 2 cups shredded mild chedder cheese
• 1 ½ cans of reduced sodium petite diced tomatoes (I used fire roasted in my photos but I usually use petite diced)
• 2 tablespoons tomato paste
• 1 tablespoon ketchup
• 2 tablespoons yellow mustard
• 1-2 teaspoons garlic powder
• salt and pepper to taste


Here’s how you do it:
1) Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a skillet brown your turkey (or beef), while your turkey is cooking boil your pasta in a large pot
2) Once your turkey is fully cooked add diced tomatoes, tomato paste, mustard, garlic powder and salt and pepper, reduce heat to simmer, allow to simmer until pasta is ready
3) Once pasta is ready, drain and rinse and mix meat mixture and pasta
4) Add 1 cup cheese and mix well
5) Put casserole in large casserole dish and add remaining cheese to top
6) Bake casserole for 15-20 minutes or until cheese is completely melted
7) Remove from oven and ENJOY!

What quick and delicious family meals are your favorite?


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