Prep 5 mins
Cook 30 mins
A western version of the Mac & Cheeseburger pasta that I posted earlier. This tastes like a Western Whopper from Burger King!
- 5 ounces bacon, chopped
- 1 lb lean ground beef
- 1⁄2 teaspoon salt
- 1⁄8 teaspoon black pepper
- 1⁄2 teaspoon garlic powder
- 2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
- 8 ounces macaroni or 8 ounces shell pasta
- 1 tablespoon butter
- 1⁄4 cup plain yogurt
- 1 cup sharp cheddar cheese, shredded
- 1 tablespoon sesame seeds
- 1⁄2 cup French-fried onions
- 1 -2 tomatoes, seeded and diced
- 1⁄4 cup pickle, finely chopped
- barbecue sauce, to taste
- Over medium-high heat, fry the bacon until the fat renders and the bacon becomes crispy (transforming into bacon bits), about 8-10 minutes. Remove with a slotted spoon, set aside and let drain on a paper towel.
- Using the bacon fat still in the pan, brown the ground beef. When meat is no longer pink, drain and then add salt, pepper, garlic powder & Worcestershire sauce. Cook for 2-3 more minutes, or until beef is cooked to your liking. I like making it kind of crispy, so I cook longer. Set aside and keep warm.
- In a large saucepan, cook your pasta according to package directions. Al dente is best as you don't want the mac & cheese mushy. Once pasta is done, drain but do not rinse.
- Return the warm pasta to the saucepan, and immediately add the butter, yogurt, and cheese. Stir until everything is well-melted, then fold in the reserved ground beef.
- Put pasta in bowls, and top with sesame seeds, bacon, fried onions, tomatoes, and pickles. Drizzle with a generous amount BBQ sauce.
I haven't had a fast food burger in eons, but my kids told me it tasted just like the Burger King burger. It was really tasty. I used minced garlic and didn't have any sesame seeds otherwise made as directed. Made for Rookie Recipe tag Fall 2013.