Bacon Cheeseburger Pasta

Prep time: 20 minutes Serves: 4-6

8 ounces uncooked pasta such as penne, bowtie, or rigatoni
1 pound ground beef
1 medium onion, diced
6 bacon strips, diced
1 can (10-3/4 ounces) condensed tomato soup, undiluted
4-8 oz. processed cheese (such as Velveeta)cut into cubes
Barbecue sauce, shredded cheddar, and french fried onions (for topping)


Cook pasta according to package directions and drain, reserving 1 cup cooking water. Meanwhile, in a large skillet, cook beef and onion over medium heat until no longer pink; drain and set aside. In the same skillet, cook bacon until crisp; remove with a slotted spoon to paper towels. Discard drippings. Stir in the soup, cheese, beef and bacon; heat through. Add pasta water as needed to thin the mixture into a sauce. Add pasta to the skillet and toss to coat with sauce. Serve with barbecue sauce, shredded cheese, and french fried onions. Yield: 4-6 servings.