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If you're looking for a dinner which is super easy to make and pure comfort food I've got two words for you: Cheeseburger Pasta.
Quite literally just imagine the idea of a rich, tasty beef burger meets macaroni cheese and you're pretty much there.
This gluten free cheeseburger pasta is just pure filth - it's simple, delicious and can be made in just 15 minutes.
Plus the whole family will love it as a proper treat meal, which can be served up with a side salad to replace what you'd normally find in a cheeseburger!
Honestly, you only need a few simple ingredients to make this gluten free cheeseburger pasta and once you do, you'll wonder why you haven't done it sooner.
There's a full printable recipe card below for you to follow, and I've also got some tips and ideas for substitutions in the blog post below.
What is cheeseburger pasta?
If you just imagine the perfect amalgamation of a cheeseburger and a cheesy pasta dish and that's pretty much it.
Cheeseburger pasta is a delicious creation which takes the best bits of a cheeseburger - namely the burger patty and the cheese - and makes it into pasta.
The beef burger is represented by the beef mince, onions and garlic.
And the cheese of course is plentiful in the form of a silky, creamy cheese sauce and extra cheese on top.
If you wanted, you could even go the full hog and serve this up with some chopped gherkins stirred into the sauce.
I omitted them this time because Steve is not a fan but if I was making this for myself I'd definitely chuck some in.
Ingredients and Substitutions
For the most part, this dish is pretty flexible but here are some bits you can change up if you don't have - or don't like - the ingredients...
- Gluten Free Pasta - You can use any form of pasta in this recipe you like! Obviously I use gluten free but feel free to use any shape you fancy. In this recipe I used penne pasta but it works well with shell or fusilli shaped pasta, as well as macaroni or even spaghetti if that's all you have.
- Lean Beef Mince - I do love a beef burger so of course I made this recipe using lean beef mince. If you prefer, you could use turkey mince or even Quorn mince if you wanted to make a vegetarian version of this dish.
- Red Leicester Cheese - I love using Red Leicester cheese in this recipe because it replicates the colouring of processed burger cheese. However, any cheese would work - you can use Cheddar if you prefer.
- Cream Cheese - I always go for a full fat cream cheese. You could use a lower fat one but you might find the sauce is a bit runnier.
- Vegetable Stock - Always make sure you double check stock cubes as not all of them are gluten free. I usually use Knorr stock cubes but I do have a full list of lots of gluten free stock cubes in the UK here.
Can this recipe be dairy free?
I haven't tried a dairy free version of this recipe before but it would be possible to use a dairy free cream cheese and a dairy free cheese instead of Red Leicester.
Without trying it myself I'm not sure if I'd use like-for-like measurements to get the taste right.
But if you do try this, please comment below and let me know how you got on as I'd love to know!
My gluten free cheeseburger pasta recipe
This gluten free cheeseburger pasta recipe serves four people but you can easily amend the quantities to feed more or less.
You could also freeze an extras so if you're cooking for one, you'll have delicious comfort food in the freezer for another time.
And please do leave a review to let others know you loved it too! It would mean the world to me.
- 300g gluten free pasta
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- 500g lean beef mince
- 1 small onion (finely diced)
- 1 tsp garlic paste (or one garlic clove, crushed)
- 1 tsp paprika
- 150g Red Leicester cheese (grated)
- 100g full fat cream cheese
- 275ml gluten free vegetable stock (I used Knorr)
- Salt and Pepper
- A handful of grated Red Leicester cheese
- Chopped Chives
- Generously salt a large pan of water and bring to the boil. Add the gluten free pasta and cook as per the pack instructions (usually 10-12 minutes). Meanwhile make the rest of the dish.
- Heat the oil in a large, heavy-based pan on a medium-high heat. Once hot, add the beef mince, diced onion, garlic paste and paprika. Continue to fry, while stirring, until the beef has browned, the onions has softened, and any excess liquid from the meat has boiled off - this will take about 5-7 minutes.
- Turn the heat down a little (to a medium-low heat) and add the cream cheese and Red Leicester to the beef mixture. Pour over the vegetable stock. Continue to stir the mixture until the cheese has melted and formed a thick and creamy sauce. Leave to simmer gently until the pasta is cooked.
- Once the pasta is cooked, add 1-2 tbsp of the pasta water (depending how thick you want the sauce - add more for a thinner sauce) to the beef/cheese mixture. Strain the rest of the water off and then add the drained pasta to the beef/cheese sauce.
- Stir the whole dish well, sprinkle over some extra cheese and chopped chives. Serve straight away or place under the grill to melt the cheese - you could even bake in the oven for a further 15 minutes-or-so if you want a crispy cheese topping and more of a cheeseburger pasta bake!
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 681Total Fat: 40gSaturated Fat: 20gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 16gCholesterol: 188mgSodium: 833mgCarbohydrates: 27gFiber: 4gSugar: 2gProtein: 52g
Need more gluten free recipe inspiration?
Here are some more gluten free dinner recipes you can try out once you've made this cheeseburger pasta.
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