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Thursday, June 4, 2020

Bacon Cheeseburger Pasta

All the flavors of a juicy bacon cheeseburger in pasta!
This Bacon Cheeseburger Pasta is a family favorite.

Bacon Cheeseburger Pasta #sweetsavoryeats

So I teased about this recipe on Instagram last week and then made a good handful of you mad when  you realized it was not yet on my blog.

I've learned my lesson.

If I know a dish will be extremely popular I should just wait to chat about it on here.  We live in a world of instant gratification!  I mean, in retrospect I should have known.  Bacon Cheeseburger Pasta!  It's not like I was teasing about lima beans.

Bacon Cheeseburger Pasta #sweetsavoryeats

Besides eating our weight in this dish, around here we are starting to get our groove back.  School is out for Summer and it feels glorious.

It was such a weird ending to the year, but kids are resilient!  I honestly felt like we got to know their teachers even better as we were in contant communication about assignments and classroom calls.  I certainly DO NOT want to repeat it, but in the end we all passed {including me}.

On to 5th, 4th and 1st next year!

And now it's SUMMER.  Social distancing restrictions have lifted and my kids are once again loving life running all around with their friends and enjoying the warm weather.  It has done wonders to our moods.  We were cooped in for a few months and it was about three months too many.

Bacon Cheeseburger Pasta #sweetsavoryeats

So, this recipe.

I've been making it for years.  Probably since our first kid was born.  It's always been so simple to throw together on any weeknight and is always meet with a cheer.  Who doesn't love a cheesy pasta dish that tastes like a bacon cheeseburger?

People always say how do you forget to share some of your most beloved family recipes?

Here's the answer.  I have no idea.

Chalk it up to three busy kids, a dog, and a husband.  I guess my brain is FULL.  Every once in awhile I realize "we eat this all the time, yet I've never shared it".  That is when I grab my camera and snap some shots.

Bacon Cheeseburger Pasta #sweetsavoryeats

In under 30 minutes you can be diving fork first into this super cheesy bacon burger pot of goodness. I've always, always used elbow macaroni, but any old pasta shape will do - you may just need to adjust the cooking time.

You can also add chopped tomatoes, onions or pickles.  Spice it up like the real thing!

I will say do not skip out on the seasoning that goes in the milk mixture.  That paprika, garlic, sugar and onion powder combo is the real deal.

It gives it such wonderful flavor.

Bacon Cheeseburger Pasta #sweetsavoryeats

We ate this {again} last night and I served it with a side salad and some fruit.  I mean, what kid or adult wouldn't eat that?

We did have some leftovers so let me inform you that this heats up really, really well the next day.  Simply splash a bit of milk over the pasta before reheating and that creamy, cheese sauce will come back to life after a few stirs.

Heck!  Your kids might think you made it again - it tastes the same!

Bacon Cheeseburger Pasta #sweetsavoryeats

I cannot wait to hear how you like this one!

Especially those finicky kids of yours - mine GOBBLE this up like it's a frosted Christmas cookie. Be sure to print this one off, you'll be making it again and again, week after week.

You're welcome.

Bacon Cheeseburger Pasta

Bacon Cheeseburger Pasta
Yield: 8
Prep time: 5 MCook time: 20 MTotal time: 25 M
All the flavors of a juicy bacon cheeseburger in a cheesy pasta! This simple dinner comes together in under 30 minutes and is a family favorite.


  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 1/2 cup bacon, cooked and crumbled
  • 2 cups milk
  • 1 cup hot water
  • 1 T cornstarch
  • 2 t paprika
  • 1 t onion powder
  • 1 t garlic powder
  • 1 t sugar
  • 1/2 t salt
  • 1/2 t pepper
  • 8 oz Velveeta, cubed
  • 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese, shredded
  • 1 cup sharp cheddar cheese, shredded
  • 1/2 lb elbow macaroni


  1. In a large rimmed skillet over medium heat cook the ground beef until no longer pink.  Drain off the grease.
  2. In a bowl combine the milk and seasonings with a whisk and set aside.
  3. Return the cooked beef to the skillet, along with the bacon and elbow macaroni.  Pour in the milk mixture as well as the hot water.  Stir to combine.  Bring up to a medium or medium high heat and cover slightly for 10 minutes.
  4. Stir every few minutes to ensure the noodles are not sticking.
  5. When the pasta is cooked and most of the liquid has been absorbed, add in the cheeses and stir to combine and let melt.
  6. Once all is combined and cheese is melted into the sauce, serve warm.


You may also use ground sausage in this dish instead of beef.
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