Healthy Recipe: Family Favorite Cheeseburger Pasta | The Sisterhood of the Shrinking Jeans LLC


I hate to say it, but I have to admit that I like the taste of the small hamburgers at MacDonald’s.  I know, I know- bad me but I didn’t say that I actually eat them hardly ever.  I’m not sure what it is about those small, little burgers but they taste so yummy (and flat, lol) to me.  C’mon, I can’t be alone on this, right?

Anyhoo, I choose NOT to eat those burgers and really, ANY burgers because frankly, I choose to eat my calories in other ways.  BUT, I do miss the taste of those burgers.  I’m just being honest.

Enter this recipe- Family Favorite Cheeseburger Pasta.  When I took my first bite of this dish, I was instantly reminded of the MacDonald’s hamburgers.  Seriously.  It may be pasta form, BUT it really does taste like a burger.  Strange, I KNOW.  You’ll have to trust me on this one though- this is a yummy, delicious, family-pleasing meal.

Serve it with a huge green salad and call it a day.  Enjoy!

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  • 1-1/2 cups uncooked whole wheat penne pasta
  • 3/4 pound lean ground beef (90% lean)
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped onion
  • 1 can (14-1/2 ounces) no-salt-added diced tomatoes
  • 2 tablespoons dill pickle relish
  • 2 tablespoons prepared mustard
  • 2 tablespoons ketchup
  • 1 teaspoon steak seasoning
  • 1/4 teaspoon seasoned salt
  • 3/4 cup shredded reduced-fat cheddar cheese
  • Chopped green onions, optional


  1. Cook pasta according to package directions. Meanwhile, in a large skillet, cook beef and onion over medium heat until meat is no longer pink; drain. Drain pasta; add to meat mixture.
  2. Stir in the tomatoes, relish, mustard, ketchup, steak seasoning and seasoned salt. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, for 5 minutes.
  3. Sprinkle with cheese. Remove from the heat; cover and let stand until cheese is melted. Garnish with green onions if desired. Yield: 4 servings.

Nutrition Facts: 1-1/2 cups equals 391 calories, 12 g fat (6 g saturated fat), 57 mg cholesterol, 759 mg sodium, 43 g carbohydrate, 4 g fiber, 28 g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 3 lean meat, 2 starch, 1 vegetable, 1/2 fat.

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