I have a dirty little secret, when I lived at my parents house, my mom would make Cheeseburger Hamburger Helper and I loved it. I’m not sure my dad was wild about it and my husband isn’t wild about it (I’m certain it has something to do with not cooking and sometimes trying to get in and out of the kitchen as fast as possible, they don’t do it so they don’t understand!) I haven’t had it in years cause I know it’s not healthy or good for you, so I just don’t buy it, but I still love it!
When I created this recipe, I had no idea how much it would taste like that dish. I love butternut squash and sweet potatoes, but I not crazy about sweet dishes, despite all the desserts on this site. And this recipe doesn’t make the butternut squash sweet it’s just savory tasting, and it’s just good!! Kids will love it and only you know it’s good for them.
It takes me right back to living at home having Hamburger Helper but this ones healthy and good for you, with real cheese, turkey burger, rotini noodles and some pasta water to make the sauce…. it’s so good, and good for you, but probably not if you eat it all at one sitting and I could have without any problems!
Start out roasting some butternut squash with some olive oil, salt and pepper
Meanwhile that’s in the oven, boil some noodles and saute some garlic in another pan, then add the turkey burger
When the squash is done, add it to the hamburger mixture and when the noodles are almost done, drain them in a colander with a bowl under it to catch the water and add the noodles to the pan with the hamburger and squash. Stir in parmesan cheese and mozzarella cheese and at least a cup of the pasta water
I baked mine in the oven, but you could just melt the cheese while it’s on the stove, but I had a new pan that will go from the stove to the oven and I wanted to try it out… sue me I was just showing off my new bling!
If at the end, it needs more creaminess add more pasta water… It’s so good!
You can mash the squash up more if you have picky eaters, but in my house this is a hit just the way it is! Or you could use a food processor or blender and add the pasta water and the squash and no one will know what it is…..
Healthy Cheeseburger Pasta
2 1/2 to 3 cups of Butternut Squash, cubed
1 lb. ground turkey
2 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 box Rotini Pasta or other short cut pasta
1 to 2 cups of reserved pasta water
1/4 cup Parmesan Cheese
1/4 cup mozzarella Cheese
Olive oil, salt & pepper
Heat oven to 400 degrees and on a rimmed baking sheet(you can line it if you want for easier clean up) drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle on salt and pepper. Roast squash for 15 minutes, turn and check after another 15 minutes to see if it’s tender, if it is then it’s done, if not continue to roast for a few more minutes. Meanwhile cook pasta according to directions and in another pan, add a TBSP of olive oil and garlic, cook for a minute, then add ground turkey and cook turkey until it’s done.
When the pasta is done, drain in colander over a bowl and add pasta and roasted squash to pan with ground turkey. Stir together, mashing the squash if desired and add a 1/2 to 1 of the pasta water and add cheeses. Stir together and taste, add additional salt and pepper to taste, if it’s too thick add additional pasta water. You can melt cheese while on the stove top or in the oven.