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A pan of pasta with ground beef, onion, pasta shells, cheddar cheese and bacon.

Cheeseburger Pasta

This cheeseburger pasta is a hearty recipe of ground beef, shells and cheese in a savory tomato sauce, topped off with bacon and pickles. All the flavors of a bacon cheeseburger in a comforting pasta dish!
Course Main
Cuisine American
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 632kcal
Author Sara Welch


  • 8 ounces shell pasta
  • 6 slices bacon diced
  • 1 pound ground beef I use 90% lean
  • 1 onion finely chopped
  • 16 ounces tomato sauce
  • 1/4 cup ketchup
  • 1 tablespoon yellow mustard
  • 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1/4 cup diced pickles
  • 1 tablespoon chopped parsley


  • Cook pasta in salted water according to package directions.
  • Place the bacon in a large pan over medium high heat. Cook for 5 minutes or until bacon is browned and crisp.
  • Remove bacon from pan and set aside. 
  • Drain off most of the fat from the bacon, leaving approximately 2 teaspoons in the pan.
  • Add the ground beef to the pan and season with salt and pepper to taste.
  • Cook, breaking up the meat with a spatula, until browned, 4-5 minutes.
  • Add the onion and cook for an additional 4 minutes, or until onion has softened.
  • Add the tomato sauce, ketchup and mustard to the pan. Stir to coat the beef with the sauce.
  • Drain the pasta and add it to the pan with the beef mixture.
  • Add the cheddar cheese to the pan with the pasta; stir until everything is combined and cheese is melted.
  • Sprinkle with reserved bacon, pickles and parsley, then serve.


Calories: 632kcal | Carbohydrates: 56g | Protein: 50g | Fat: 24g | Saturated Fat: 16g | Cholesterol: 154mg | Sodium: 621mg | Potassium: 1073mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 11g | Vitamin A: 1135IU | Vitamin C: 10.6mg | Calcium: 454mg | Iron: 5.1mg