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February 5, 2023

One Pot Chili Mac and Cheese

It’s two comfort foods in one!  This recipe from the blog is an easy, one-pot dish that satisfies all kinds of appetites.


  • 1 tbs. olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 8 oz. ground beef
  • 4 cups chicken broth
  • 1 (14.5-oz.) can of diced tomatoes
  • 3/4 cup canned white kidney beans, drained and rinsed
  • 3/4 cup canned kidney beans, drained and rinsed
  • 2 tsp. chili powder
  • 1/5 tsp. cumin
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 10 oz. uncooked elbow pasta
  • 3/4 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 2 tbs. chopped fresh parsley leaves (optional)


Heat olive oil in large skillet over medium high heat.  Add garlic, onion and ground beef and cook until browned (about 3 – 5 minutes).  Crumble the beef as it cooks, and 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 hit and simmer until pasta is cooked through, about 13 – 15 minutes.  Remove from heat, top with cheese and cover for a couple of minutes until melted.  Garnish with parsley and serve immediately.

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