CHILI PASTA BAKE
This one pot Chili Pasta Bake takes about 15-20 minutes of prep and then you just throw in the oven until it’s bubbling and the cheese is browned. This one has all the delicious flavours of chili including black beans, beef, pork, tomatoes, cumin and cayenne with the addition of penne pasta. When it’s all baked, you just garnish as you like. It’s total comfort food and a recipe you’ll make again and again!
Hello! How’s it going? I know many of you living elsewhere are basking in the delightful weather that is spring. Well, poo-ey on you. Just kidding! But, for reals, the weather here sucks big time. Just the past few days we’ve had a tremendous amount of rain and more snow. So while many of you may have spring-time food on the brain and grilling things up, I’m still sitting here freezing my buns off and face planting into all the comfort food humanly possible. No, I’m not jealous #YesIAm.
Aside from this Chili Pasta Bake, hubby did most of the cooking this past weekend (check out my Instagram for proof of the yumminess). I got to sit back and watch the magic happen. There was one point where I was sprawled across two chairs, sitting at the kitchen island, painting my nails and drinking wine while watching him. A girl could get used to that, ya know. Who agrees? I’ll just assume you all nodded in approval.
So, wanting to make myself half useful this weekend I did cook a little; I made this recipe because I couldn’t decide what to have for dinner. #StoryofmyLife. Do I want pasta ? Do I want chili? I kinda want it all (don’t all of us?). So, Chili Pasta Bake it is! What I absolutely love about this dish (besides the fact that it tastes amazing), is that everything is made in the one pot – no fuss and only one dish to clean. And if you are like me, one million spoons, right hubby??
I’ve been meaning to share this recipe with you guys for a while. Every time I would make it, I would dig into it before I would have a chance to take any pics. My bad. But better late than never, I say! Having posted a bunch of non meat recipes lately—> like this, this and this, I figured girl better get on the ball and post something for my meat loving friends!
First you gently fry some onions, then add your protein and then everything else. Pretty easy, right? While that goodness is baking away and making your home smell delicious, you can sit back, have a drink and just get ready for the compliments your family will give you for making them this. Maybe then, they’ll wash the dishes. Sounds fair, doesn’t it?
You know me and my garnish. I LOVE it! It’s like, ‘excuse me, would you like some garnish for your dish?’ and I’m like, ‘no, I’ll have some dish with my garnish’, hehehe. Feel free, though, to use as little or as much as you like. A good dollop of yogurt or sour cream and slices of avocado work lovely here, along with cilantro and chili.
This would also be perfect for a get together if you are watching a game or something. Such a nice change up from chili!
And, I’ve also made this with veggie meat as well as ground turkey and both work wonderfully. Or, if you please, you can you all beef instead of the beef/pork combo. No judgement, all tasty.
Until next time, take care and chit chat again soon!
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