Cheeseburger Casserole

This is an all-American casserole.  Burgers are a staple during the summer for most Southerners and Cheeseburger Casserole combines all the usual suspects for a delicious dinner that will become a family favorite.

Ground beef (I used ground turkey)
Tomatoes
Onions
Cheese
Pickles

All the things you would want in a burger but in a casserole.  It does take a little prep (about 20 minutes) but it only bakes for 15.  Since it’s just me and Big Guy, we had plenty of leftovers.  We ate it for dinner Tuesday night and Wednesday night and since I have a girl’s dinner planned for this evening he’ll be eating it again.  But I don’t think he minds.  He loves burgers and therefore loves this casserole.

It’s hearty and filling but still falls under the 300 calorie mark per serving.  I did use sharp cheddar (not reduced fat) because I believe that reduced fat cheese is a waste of calories.  The calorie difference isn’t that much but the taste difference is enormous.

Cooked pasta (brown rice pasta for us) is mixed with the “hamburger” (diced tomatoes, onions, mustard, tomato paste) and topped with cheese.  Once it’s baked and the cheese is bubbly, the casserole is topped with pickles.  Without pickles, a cheeseburger just isn’t the real deal.

cheeseburger casserole

cheeseburger casserole

And since there’s no lettuce in the casserole, I added some asparagus on the side for some green.

pickles aren't a veggie

pickles aren’t a veggie

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