Smokey Chili Mac with Cheddar and ScallionsBy Marge Perry & David Bonom
This crowd-pleasing, hearty, one pot meal is crazy-easy to put together—and insanely delicious. It comes together quickly enough to make on a busy weeknight, but you’ll also want to share it with friends on the weekend.
- Yield: Makes 4-6 servings
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1 tablespoon olive oil
4 garlic cloves, minced
1 large onion, chopped
1 medium red bell pepper, chopped
1 jalapeño pepper, finely chopped
8 ounces lean ground beef
8 ounces bulk sweet Italian sausage
1 tablespoon chili powder
1 teaspoon smoked paprika
1 teaspoon ground cumin
4 cups low sodium chicken broth
1 (14.5-ounce) can fire roasted diced tomatoes
1 (15.5-ounce) can reduced sodium red kidney beans, drained and rinsed
8 ounces elbow macaroni
3/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
1 cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese
2 scallions, thinly sliced
1. Heat the oil in a casserole over medium-high heat. Add the garlic, onion, bell pepper and jalapeño pepper; cook, stirring occasionally, until slightly softened, 4-5 minutes.
2. Add the beef and sausage and cook, breaking into smaller pieces, until no longer pink, 3-4 minutes.
3. Stir in the chili powder, paprika and cumin; cook 2 minutes. Add the broth, tomatoes and beans; bring to a boil and add the macaroni. Return to a simmer, reduce the heat to medium and cook until the pasta is cooked through, about 8 minutes.
4. Remove from the heat and season with salt and pepper. Sprinkle the top with the cheese, cover and let stand 2-3 minutes to allow to melt. Top with the scallions and serve.