Bacon Cheeseburger Pasta

Burgers can make a gray sky blue.  Burgers are always there for you.  Lots of burgers, never few.  Burgers for me and for you.

Ode to burgers by Krissi......

Wow.  I really have way too much time on my hands.  But that can be a good thing sometimes, because then I start creating dishes, like this little gem I'm about to throw down for you.  I took two of life's greatest pleasures - burgers and pasta - and morphed them into this delicious dinner treat.  

You are welcome people.  I mean, the sauce for this is insane.  It literally tastes like a bacon cheeseburger.  What can I say?  I'm a genius.  A mad, food loving genius.

Bacon Cheeseburger Pasta


Prep Time:  10 minutes
Cook Time:  25 mimutes
Serves:  4-6 people 

Ingredients:

8 slices bacon, cooked and crumbled
1 lb lean ground beef
1 red onion, diced
1 28 oz can of diced tomatoes and juice
1 TBSP of Worcestershire sauce
1/4 cup of ketchup
1 TBSP Dijon mustard
1 pound of penne pasta
1/4 cup of pasta water
6 oz of colby jack cheese, shredded
4 oz of extra sharp cheddar cheese, shredded
3 green onions, chopped
salt and pepper to taste

Method:

Bring a large pot of water to a boil.  When boiling add a liberal amount of salt and penne.  Cook until al dente while preparing the sauce mixture simultaneously.  

In a large oven safe skillet, cook bacon until crispy.  Crumble and set aside.  

Save about 4 TBSP of bacon grease.  Saute onion until translucent.  Add ground beef and brown. 

Add worcestershire sauce, ketchup and dijon mustard to beef mixture.  Work through and then add in tomatoes with juice.  Bring to boil and then reduce heat to low.


Drain pasta, reserving 1/4 cup of the startchy pasta water.  Add pasta and pasta water to beef mixture, incorporating well.  

Crumble six pieces of bacon.  Add bacon, 3/4 of the cheese and 3/4 of the green onions to the beef mixture.  Mix well.  Add remaining  bacon, cheese and onions to the top for garnish.

 

Broil on high until cheese is melty.  (You can also pop this into an oven on 450 for a few minutes or just pop a lid on until the cheese melts - I prefer the broiler).


As always, get your asses in the kitchen!!

Krissi Biasiello is a native of South Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  Cooking since she was a little girl with her large Italian family, she decided to leave her paralegal job and shoot for the stars on FOX’s cooking competition show, MasterChef.  She beat out 43,000 homecooks across America and came in 4th place.  Under the scrutiny of Gordon Ramsay, Graham Elliot and Joe Bastianich, Krissi has made her mark in the culinary world.  She now shares her recipes with all of you!  Her rustic, homestyle take on everything will win you over and will definitely “get your asses in the kitchen”.


To contact Krissi for appearances, in-home demonstrations, catering and more, you can find her below. 






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