Bacon-Cheeseburger Pasta Bake

READY IN: 48mins




  • Adjust oven rack to middle position; preheat oven to 475.
  • Grease 13 x 9 baking dish with vegetable oil spray.
  • Spread pasta into prepared dish, crumble beef into 1/2-inch pieces over top, and season with salt and pepper.
  • Whisk water, tomato sauce, pickles, Worcestershire sauce, mustard, sugar, garlic powder, 1/2 tsp salt and 1/2 tsp pepper together in a bowl; taste and adjust seasoning if needed.
  • Pour into baking dish and toss gently with tongs to combine.
  • Cover dish tightly with foil and bake for 25 minutes.
  • Meanwhile, microwave bacon on plate until crisp, about 5 minutes.
  • Transfer to paper towel-lined plate to drain, then crumble into 1/2 inch pieces.
  • Remove baking dish from oven and stir pasta thoroughly scraping sides and bottom of dish.
  • Lay cheese slices over top and sprinkle with crisped bacon.
  • Return uncovered dish to oven and continue to bake until pasta is al dente and cheese is melted, 5-8 minutes.
  • Let cool for 10-15 minutes, sprinkle with onion, if using and serve.