Monday, February 20, 2012

Bacon Cheeseburger Mac & Cheese

This started as a remake of a dish served in a local restaurant. Many of the ingredients are the same (pasta, ground beef, & bacon), but the overall dish is quite different, and definitely healthier - if you can say that about something that contains red meat, bacon and cheese.  Regardless, this is a quick and filling weeknight dish for my hungry athletes, and it’s a change from their usual fare.  All things in moderation!

For four servings
Note: Quantities of cheese, onions, & tomatoes depend on your taste & the appetites of those joining you. I need a lot!
  • 4 servings of cooked pasta (spiral, elbow, or other short noodles works well)
  • 1 pound extra lean ground beef
  • 1/2 pound crisp cooked bacon, cut into small pieces
  • shredded cheese
  • green onions, sliced
  • tomatoes, diced

Cook ground beef on the stove top, adding your favorite seasonings. I use paprika, parsley, garlic powder, and black pepper.  Cook bacon until crisp, and cut into small pieces. Dice tomatoes, slice onions, and shred cheese.
Spoon hot pasta onto plates or into shallow bowls.  Top with ground beef and a sprinkle of cheese.  Add bacon, tomatoes, onions, and more cheese on top and enjoy!

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