You know how you, okay: me, pin a million recipes on Pinterest that look good or proclaim to be "the best ________ ever!" and you, okay: me, either never get around to trying them out or I do try them and they are lackluster at best?
This one (photo to left) works--it's a keeper!
It's called chili mac but, to be honest, it's what we called, when I was growing up, Mom's goulash. The differences are the cheese, the beans, the chili powder, and the best of all: ONE POT! I know, right? That last part made my little heart skip a beat. ONE POT. No cooking the pasta separately and the skillet to brown the ground beef, etc. Just brown, drain, dump in cans from the pantry, pasta that tastes even better from having cooked in the sauce, and it's a done deal. To most people, that's called a weeknight dinner win-win. To me, as a 12-hour nightshifter with a non-traditional work schedule, it's work night or sleep day win-win.
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Nutrition per 1/8th recipe: Calories: 153; Protein: 12; Carbs: 13; Fat: 6; Fiber 1;
I did make a few changes, no reflection on the original recipe, I just had to work around what I had in my pantry and fridge. I used double the amount of meat (hubs is a big meat eater) half of it ground beef and half ground sausage. I used large shell pasta instead of macaroni simply because that's what I had, I doubled the amount of cheese, used kidney beans only, and used shredded "Mexican" cheddar/monterey jack mix, again, because that's what I had on hand.