This bacon cheeseburger no-boil pasta bake is a savory and easy-baked pasta dish with beef, gluten-free pasta, bacon, and more! It can be made paleo and AIP.

A pan of bacon cheeseburger no-boil pasta bake

 

Bacon Cheeseburger No Boil Pasta Bake

If you’re craving cheeseburger flavors, you will love this pasta bake! It’s a simple no-boil pasta bake that’s made with gluten-free pasta, ground beef, and topped off with classic cheeseburger toppings. It’s such an easy weeknight dish that the whole family will love, and it’s easy to modify for different diet types.

The Ingredients for the Bacon Cheeseburger Pasta Bake

  • Gluten-free elbow pasta. I personally love the Jovial rice pasta!
  • Ground beef. You can also use ground turkey or ground sausage.
  • Tomato sauce. You can sub nomato sauce for nightshade-free. Keep in mind that the color may vary.
  • Chicken broth. This adds much more flavor that just water
  • Olive oil.
  • Garlic powder, onion powder, ground mustard, salt, and pepper. To season it! You can omit the pepper and ground mustard for AIP.
  • Cheddar cheese. For dairy free, substitute dairy-free cheese or omit and add 1-2 tbsp of nutrition yeast.
  • Bacon, Pickles, and onion. To top it off. Try using these quick pickled cucumbers.

How to make Bacon Cheeseburger No Boil Pasta Bake

  • Combine the main ingredients. Add the pasta, ground beef, chicken broth, tomato sauce, garlic, onion, ground mustard, salt, and pepper to the casserole dish. Stir to combine.

  • Bake the casserole. Allow to bake for 40 minutes.
  • Top with cheese if desired. Return to the oven for 4-5 minutes or until the cheese is melted.
  • Serve. Top with bacon, pickles, and onion.

How do you make this recipe AIP?

  • Omit pepper and mustard.
  • Use nomato sauce instead of tomato sauce.
  • Omit the cheese and add 1-2 tbsp of nutritional yeast.
  • Use cassava pasta instead of rice pasta.

What toppings can you add to this recipe?

You can use any cheeseburger toppings you’d like, but I used…

  • Pickles. I know, I know, but I promise it works!
  • Bacon.
  • Chopped onion.

Can you make this recipe without the cheese?

You can for sure make this recipe without cheese! It doesn’t need the cheese, but of course, the cheese is what makes it a cheeseburger pasta! It’s really just a hamburger pasta without it, but it will indeed work either way.

If you’re dairy-free you can…

  • Omit the cheese
  • Use a vegan cheese
  • Stir in nutritional yeast to the pasta to give it a cheesy flavor

Can you make this pasta bake without the beef?

Yes! You can also use ground turkey.

How long does this pasta bake stay fresh in the fridge?

You can easily store this dish in the fridge for 2-3 days, even up to 4. My husband notes that he thought this was the best pasta dish he’s had in terms of how fresh it stayed in the fridge.

Can you use cassava pasta for this recipe?

You can, though it does stick a lot more than the regular pasta, so be sure to grease the dish very well.

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Bacon Cheeseburger Pasta Bake {No boil, Gluten free}


  • Author: Michelle
  • Prep Time: 15
  • Cook Time: 40
  • Total Time: 55 minutes
  • Yield: 4 servings 1x

Ingredients

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  • 2 tsp olive oil
  • 12 oz gluten-free elbow pasta (sub cassava pasta for AIP, see notes)
  • 1 lb ground beef, cooked
  • 15 oz can tomato sauce (sub 2 cups nomato sauce for nightshade-free)
  • 3 cups chicken broth
  • 2 tsp garlic powder
  • 2 tsp onion powder
  • 1 tsp ground mustard (omit if AIP)
  • 3/4 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper (omit if AIP)
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese (sub-dairy-free cheese or omit and add 12 tbsp of nutrition yeast for dairy-free)

To serve

  • 3 strips cooked bacon, chopped
  • Chopped pickles
  • 3 tbsp onion, diced

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 400 F and grease a 9×13″ casserole dish with olive oil.
  2. Add the pasta, ground beef, chicken broth, tomato sauce, garlic, onion, ground mustard, salt and pepper to the casserole dish. Stir to combine, making sure that the pasta is mostly covered by the liquid.
  3. Cover the casserole dish and transfer to the oven. Allow to bake for 40 minutes.
  4. Remove the cover and top with cheese if desired and return to the oven for 4-5 minutes or until the cheese is melted.
  5. Serve topped with bacon, pickles, and onion.

Notes

All nutrition facts are estimated and will vary.

Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 1
  • Calories: 724
  • Fat: 27.1
  • Carbohydrates: 72.4
  • Fiber: 4.2
  • Protein: 48.7