Big Mac Rotini Pasta

A savory fusion of classic Big Mac flavors with rotini pasta, ground beef, and a homemade sauce, garnished with sesame seeds.

This Big Mac Rotini Pasta recipe is a creative twist on the classic Big Mac, transforming it into a comforting pasta dish. It begins by boiling rotini pasta to al dente perfection, setting aside a cup of the pasta water for later use. The dish features a hearty base of ground beef, seasoned and browned in olive oil. The standout component is the homemade Big Mac sauce, a tangy and flavorful blend of mayonnaise, dill pickle relish, yellow mustard, white wine vinegar, and a mix of garlic powder, onion powder, and paprika. The assembly involves combining the pasta and beef with fresh additions like shredded lettuce, cheddar cheese, diced pickles, and chopped onions, all tossed in the zesty Big Mac sauce. If needed, the reserved pasta water can be added for moisture. The mixture is then heated through in a skillet and finished with a sprinkle of sesame seeds for garnish, bringing a unique and delicious twist to a fast-food favorite.

Servings

2-4

Prep Time

15 minutes

Cook Time

30 minutes

Total Time

45 minutes

Ingredients

For the Pasta:

  • 8 ounces dry rotini pasta
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • 1 cup shredded lettuce
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • ½ cup diced pickles
  • ½ cup finely chopped onions
  • 1 tablespoon sesame seeds (for garnish)

 For the Big Mac Sauce:

  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 4 tablespoon dill pickle relish
  • 2 tablespoon yellow mustard
  • 1 tsp white vinegar
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp onion powder
  • 1/2 tsp paprika (or smoked paprika if you prefer)
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

Cook the Pasta:

  • Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil.
  • Add the pasta and cook according to package instructions until al dente.
  • Drain and set aside, reserving 1 cup of pasta water.

Prepare the Ground Beef:

  • Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat.
  • Add ground beef, breaking it apart with a spatula.
  • Season with salt and pepper.
  • Cook until the beef is thoroughly browned and cooked through.
  • Remove from heat and set aside.

Make the Big Mac Sauce:

  • In a medium bowl, whisk together mayonnaise, dill pickle relish, yellow mustard, white wine vinegar, garlic powder, onion powder, and paprika until well combined. Set aside.

Combine Ingredients:

  • In a large mixing bowl, combine the cooked pasta and ground beef.
  • Add shredded lettuce, cheddar cheese, diced pickles, and chopped onions.
  • Pour the Big Mac sauce over the pasta mixture.
  • Gently toss everything together until well mixed. If the mixture seems dry, gradually add the reserved pasta water to reach desired consistency.

Heat the Dish:

  • Transfer the pasta mixture to the skillet used for cooking beef.
  • Heat over medium heat for about 3-5 minutes, or until the dish is heated through.

Garnish and Serve:

  • Sprinkle sesame seeds over the top for garnish.

Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Add the pasta and cook according to package instructions until al dente. Drain and set aside, reserving 1 cup of pasta water.

Prepare the onion, pickles, cheese, and lettuce.

Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add ground beef, breaking it apart with a spatula. Season with salt and pepper. Cook until the beef is thoroughly browned and cooked through. Remove from heat and set aside.

In a medium bowl, whisk together mayonnaise, sweet pickle relish, yellow mustard, white wine vinegar, garlic powder, onion powder, and paprika until well combined. Set aside.

In a large mixing bowl, combine the cooked pasta and ground beef.

Add shredded lettuce, cheddar cheese, diced pickles, and chopped onions.

Pour the Big Mac sauce over the pasta mixture.

Gently toss everything together until well mixed. If the mixture seems dry, gradually add the reserved pasta water to reach desired consistency.

Transfer the pasta mixture to the skillet used for cooking beef. Heat over medium heat for about 3-5 minutes, or until the dish is heated through.

Sprinkle sesame seeds over the top for garnish.