I love, love, LOVE a one-pot dinner. It’s not just about the dishes either. I find using one pot to make a complete meal allows me to build deep flavors and every ingredient marries together in the pot.

This one is something I came across on Pinterest via Number2pencil, cheeseburger casserole. I’ve been calling it cheeseburger macaroni, much like the dreaded relic Hamburger Helper. Which I’m sorry to say was a prominent part of my childhood. To my child’s taste, it was delicious. Now, I can’t imagine consuming it. Especially when it’s easy enough to make a similar dinner with healthier, fresh ingredients.


I really liked it. It was hearty and warm and very tasty. Mike gave it an A, which I was pleasantly surprised by as when I initially showed him the recipe, he gave me a half-hearted “meh”. I’m glad I made it as even my picky kindergartener liked it!

I made a few adjustments:

I used ground turkey breast
I used all low-sodium chicken broth, instead of a mix of broth and water
I didn’t use ketchup
I used no-salt diced tomatoes
I added a chopped shallot to my diced sweet onion
I added 4 cloves pressed garlic
I added 2tsp coriander, 1tsp each of oregano and basil, 2tsp paprika

We ate it with diced cherry tomatoes and chopped green onions on top. Both of these added a brightness and freshness to the dish, as well as a nice clean crunch. This recipe will definitely be a part of my winter dinner rotation.


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