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Sunday, April 25, 2010

One Pot Chili-Mac

Olive Oil
1 medium sweet onion, very finely chopped
1 pepper, diced
1 lb. lean ground beef
1 can red kidney beans, drained (or, if they are ready-to-eat, not drained)
1 14.5 oz. can diced tomatoes
1 jar (26 oz) marinara sauce (I use Barilla or whatever is on sale)
1 package (1.25 oz) chili seasoning
1/2 box of elbow macaroni or other small pasta
Water (measure from the empty 14 oz. can of tomatoes)

*Shredded Cheese
*Sour Cream
*Minced Chives

Saute onion and pepper in oil, add ground beef (or turkey/chicken) until cooked in a large Dutch oven. Add marinara sauce, beans, tomatoes, and chili seasoning; simmer for about 10 minutes, stirring occasionally; add macaroni and a 14.5 oz. can of water; cover and simmer on low for about 15 minutes or until pasta is tender; garnish* with cheese, sour cream and chives, if desired. Sit back and enjoy!

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