Cheeseburger Orzo

This is amazing comfort food the whole family will devour. Trying to think of something that would be a good meal while watching three kids has not been an easy task for me. I am beyond worn out by the time later afternoon comes that dinner is the last thing I want to think about.

We have been barbequing a lot lately as it causes for easy clean up, good food and easy makings. :) But when you BBQ, you tend to run through your meat a lot quicker and run out of ideas. So, while starting up the grill has become my friend, not only because it’s easy but also because I’ve just learned to grill and have thoroughly enjoyed it, I decided to steer clear of the grill tonight! :)

Adding a great twist to Mac N’ Cheese and Hamburger Helper, I came up with this…

Ingredients:

  • 1 lb ground turkey
  • 1/2 cup onions, chopped
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • 3 Tbsp Taco seasoning (or 1 packet if not homemade)
  • ¼ tsp red pepper flakes
  • 2 cups Orzo pasta, cooked
  • 4 Tbsp butter
  • 3 Tbsp flour
  • 3 cups milk
  • 1/2 cup parmesan cheese
  • 1 tbsp. Sriracha (optional)
  • 2 cups cheese, shredded (any kind works)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Cook turkey with chopped onions, salt and red pepper flakes until fully cooked.

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IMG_3992 - CopyOnce cooked add taco seasoning.

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Once the meat is cooked and seasoned, set aside. In a medium sauce pan melt the butter over medium heat and add in flour. Gradually stir in milk. Cook until it thickens.

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Once thickened, stir in parmesan cheese.

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Stir in shredded cheese.

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Pour cheese mixture over turkey and Orzo and mix.

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Mix well.

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Place lid on and bake for 30-40 minutes or until bubbly.

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Adapted from confessionsofacookingdiva.com

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