Sunday, June 15, 2014

Pinterest Review: One Pot Chili Mac and Cheese

The people I live with and I do like pasta, and cheese, and such.  And I like to make one-pot meals, and casseroles.  I really thought that Chili Mac would be a big hit.  I made this a couple months ago, back before it was a/c weather...


  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 8 ounces ground beef
  • 4 cups chicken broth
  • 1 (14.5-ounce) can diced tomatoes
  • 3/4 cup canned white kidney beans, drained and rinsed
  • 3/4 cup canned kidney beans, drained and rinsed
  • 2 teaspoons chili powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon cumin
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • 10 ounces elbows pasta
  • 3/4 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley leaves
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  • Heat olive oil in a large skillet or Dutch oven over medium high heat. Add garlic, onion and ground beef, and cook until browned, about 3-5 minutes, making sure to crumble the beef as it cooks; drain excess fat.
  • Stir in chicken broth, tomatoes, beans, chili powder and cumin; season with salt and pepper, to taste. Bring to a simmer and stir in pasta. Bring to a boil; cover, reduce heat and simmer until pasta is cooked through, about 13-15 minutes.
  • Remove from heat. Top with cheese and cover until melted, about 2 minutes.
  • Serve immediately, garnished with parsley, if desired.

I have no idea if anyone other than myself ate this.  I liked it, but when I don't know if my family likes it, it really doesn't get put on the menu again.  Rhyanne is not a fan of beans, so I think when she heard that as an ingredient, she just wasn't interested.
But this was definitely a "we have ground beef, and some noodles, and some beans, let's make chili mac!" kind of a recipe.  If your family is a fan of those ingredients, I say make it!

1 comment:

  1. I made this about 2 weeks ago when my parents were in town to see Clark. It was great and easy to make!