Chili Pasta Bake

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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??

Chili Pasta Bake {One Pot Dinner} - girlheartfood.com

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?

Chili Pasta Bake {One Pot Dinner} - girlheartfood.com

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.

Chili Pasta Bake {One Pot Dinner} - girlheartfood.com

 

Chili Pasta Bake {One Pot Dinner} - girlheartfood.com

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.

Chili Pasta Bake {One Pot Dinner} - girlheartfood.com

 

Chili Pasta Bake {One Pot Dinner} - girlheartfood.com

Until next time, take care and chit chat again soon!

P.S. If you think this Chili Pasta Bake will make your belly happy too, please be sure to hit that little PIN button down below.  Many thanks, you guys! XO

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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!
Chili Pasta Bake {One Pot Dinner} - girlheartfood.com
Prep Time 15-20 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Servings
servings
Ingredients
Mexican Pasta Bake
Suggested Garnishes
Prep Time 15-20 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Servings
servings
Ingredients
Mexican Pasta Bake
Suggested Garnishes
Chili Pasta Bake {One Pot Dinner} - girlheartfood.com
Instructions
  1. In a large pan (I used a 12 inch stainless steel pan) over medium heat add olive oil. Cook onion until translucent, about 3-5 minutes. Add garlic and cook an additional minute.
  2. To onion/garlic mixture add beef and pork along with salt, pepper, chili powder, cumin, coriander, cayenne and chili flakes (if using) and cook until meat/pork browned and cooked through, about 10 minutes (use a potato masher to crumble/break up meat). Add tomato paste and stir to combine and cook 1-2 minutes. Turn off heat on stove top and preheat oven to 375F.
  3. Add tomatoes to beef/pork mixture, along with, black beans, corn, bell pepper, salsa, stock, sour cream, pasta and half of cheese, stirring to combine. Top with remaining 1 cup of cheese. Bake, uncovered, for about 40 minutes until bubbly. Broil on high for a couple minutes. Best to let cool for about 10 minutes before digging in. Portion and garnish as desired. Enjoy!
Recipe Notes

-You can use all ground beef here if you prefer.  Other protein options include veggie meat or turkey

 

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55 thoughts on “Chili Pasta Bake

  1. Shashi at Savory Spin says:

    Triple pooey on me – but the weather here in North-ish Georgia has been lovely! Other than a dip in temps this weekend, we have been enjoying the 70’s over the past few weeks – wish I could fan some your way – but then again you might not have shared this pan of deliciousness had that happened eh?!
    🙂
    Here’s hoping warmer weather comes there soon, Dawn! In the mean time, here’s hoping your week is wonderful!

    • Girl Heart Food says:

      Yes, fan some of that nice weather my way….the pasta bake can wait 😉 The sun has been out here the past couple of days (woot woot), still chilly, but nice. I’ll take it! Thanks Shashi….have an awesome week too!

  2. Tracy | Baking Mischief says:

    Okay, I’ll admit, I’ve been frolicking in the sunshine a LOT here in California this week, but it’s going to be hideously hot here pretty soon while you guys are sitting cool up north, so I’ll happily trade you weather! 😉

    This pasta bake looks amaaaaaaaaazing. Exactly the sort of thing you want to eat when it’s chilly out. Pinned!!
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  3. Kathy @ Beyond the Chicken Coop says:

    That darned weather! It is just packing a punch this year! I think we may have finally turned the corner into warmer weather. I’ll keep my fingers crossed for you. This chili pasta bake looks like a good warm dinner to make on a cold day! It looks delicious!
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  4. Miriam - londonkitchendiaries.com says:

    This just looks like my kind of mid-week meal – yummy! Hope spring will finally make an appearance so that you can enjoy lots of sunshine and spring feelings. Love watching my husband in the kitchen, he is a great cook and I am a very lucky girl as he does most of the cooking on the weekends. How nice that you have a husband who knows his way around the kitchen as well 🙂 Have a fantastic weekend, Dawn!
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    • Girl Heart Food says:

      Thanks Miriam! Looks like the weather is warming up for next week, so fingers crossed 🙂 Sounds like your hubby is quite the cook too! Certainly is nice to relax while someone else whips up a meal every now and then, isn’t it? Have a fantastic weekend too 🙂

  5. Cindy says:

    Ooooh yummy. I love the combo of chili with pasta. Last year, we did a get together with some gal pals of mine and we did a kitchy frito pie night. This would be a fun new spin on the chili night. Forgive us if we spread fritos on this guy. Some of the ladies just can’t step away from the chips! HA.
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    • Girl Heart Food says:

      Funny thing with the weather, isn’t it? When it’s cold and dreary, I’m all about comfort food (well, I think I always am, lol, but even more so when the weather is subpar). Thanks so much Jenny 🙂 Cheers to a great upcoming weekend!

    • Girl Heart Food says:

      Totally! I think we’re onto something having our hubbies cook for us, aren’t we?? Maybe we should just blog about them cooking and we can be the taste testers and review them; what you think? I knew you’d love the beef/pork combo 🙂 I do put those chilies on everything; I think I’ve spent a small fortune in those over the years, lol 😀 Thanks bestie! XOXO

  6. Sues says:

    Oh, you know I pinned this one!!! It’s almost midnight, but I seriously want a plate-full right now. Would that be wrong?? I don’t even care!

  7. Marissa says:

    This looks fantastic, Dawn! I grew up eating something similar and always looked forward to it – so delicious and comforting – but I haven’t had it for ages! This needs to be on our menu pronto!!
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  8. Milena | craftbeering.com says:

    Well! Lucky you! Chili is the way to go, that’s what we ate last night:) I am pretty sure that since you painted your toe nails the weather will get the hint. You will see:)
    The garnish part – yes! So on board with you. Copious amount of garnish is what makes Vietnamese food one my favorite cuisines ever! You do get a bowl of garnish bigger than your Pho (or other bowl plated food). Especially if you find an old fashioned place when you go there where one family member gets up at 3:00 am to begin making the beef broth for the Pho.
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    • Girl Heart Food says:

      Can’t beat comfort food when the weather is cold (which it still is). Oh, I love pho!! So good, right? It’s definitely one of my favourite things…lots of cilantro for me 🙂 Have a great week, Milena!

  9. Jolina says:

    Oh a girl can definitely get used to that 🙂 Especially this girl who has little to no cooking skills lol! OMG this looks good. With an iced cold beer if I may add. I did hear about the amount of snow you guys have been/are about to get – the news people ended by saying SO STOP COMPLAINING hahaha. Anyhow, I love this dish! It’s right up our alley. I’ll tell (ok, ask nicely) my chef to add it in to our rotation! Happy Monday Dawn!

  10. Gaila says:

    Dawn! I agree! I will totally get use to that!! I am so jealous, you husband made ramen?? OMG this would be just perfect for me, even better now that I am totally obsessed with Zelda and haven’t got that much time left! 😂😂😂😂 hehehehe this chili pasta seems really good!
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    • Girl Heart Food says:

      Right?! That ramen was SO good! I’ve already put in a request for more 😉 Girl, I feel you with Zelda! OMG….I played that sooooo much this past weekend and I even dreamed about it, lol 😀 It’s so fun! Thanks, my friend!

  11. Cheyanne @ No Spoon Necessary says:

    Whenever you talk about your hubs cooking, or I see his creations on your social media, I am ALWAYS like, ‘wait, why don’t I let me husband cook?!?’ And then he goes to cook and my crazy kitchen possession antics come out to play. I just can’t give up control! Lol. I gotta learn to relax!! Hmm maybe I just need more wine? 😉 Anyways, loving this bake, Dawn!! It’s cold off and on here, so I’m constantly going from craving salads to pasta. Needless to say, this looks perfect when my next cozy eats craving kicks in! You really loaded this bad boy up with all the yum!!! Cheers- to warmer weather your way! Xo
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  12. annie@ciaochowbambina says:

    I am definitely one of your meat loving friends but boy do I love your vegetarian offerings! The best! I love the image of you sitting at the table polishing your nails while hubby’s making ramen and heating the oven for biscotti! A girl could absolutely get used to that! I am so impressed with the culinary skills flying around your house! What a delicious environment! This pasta bake will absolutely make it on the scene in our house! Stay warm, milady! Spring is coming, we know that for sure! Have a great week! Cheers! XOXO
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    • Girl Heart Food says:

      Thanks so much, Annie! I must say, your biscotti was fabulous! So good, I had to send some to my brother and sister in law to try! I’m starting to think hubby should have the blog and not me. I like this relaxing and watching-the-magic-happen bit 😉 Have a great week too! XOXO

  13. David @ Spiced says:

    Oh I love a good pasta bake…and I love chili. But I’ve never thought about putting the two together in one dish! I totally hear ya about the “spring” weather here, Dawn. I still see snow outside on the lawn. That’s not spring weather! But it’s coming…at least that’s what the weather guy says. Haha. In the meantime, we still have a few more weeks of cold weather comfort food, and this chili bake sounds like it needs to happen! Yum! 🙂
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  14. Gayle @ Pumpkin 'N Spice says:

    Wishing you thoughts of warm weather and sunshine! It’s not too bad here temp wise, but we have gotten a lot of rain lately, and that will continue this week. Hopefully I’ll see the sun again, and soon! 🙂 And yay for husbands doing the cooking! I love when mine does that, too. Makes it so nice to just sit back and relax. I’m also loving this pasta bake. How can you go wrong with chili or pasta? I love making chili mac (one of my favorites) and your version sounds delicious! Love that you used ground pork in here, too! Wish I could just dive into this bowl of yumminess for breakfast! 🙂 Pinned, of course! Hope your Monday is off to a wonderful start!

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