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Quick and easy one-pot chili pasta


1 Tbsp olive oil  

1 medium onion  

2 cloves garlic  

1/2 lb ground beef  

2 Tbsp flour  

2 Tbsp chili powder  

15 oz can tomato sauce  

15 oz can diced tomatoes  

15 oz can black beans  

15 oz can kidney beans  

1 cup frozen corn kernels  

2 cups uncooked elbow macaroni  

2 cups beef broth  

1 cup shredded cheese 


To begin, dice the onion and mince the garlic. Put it a large pot with the one Tbsp of olive oil over medium heat for one to two minutes, until they are soft. Add the ground beef and after it is browned, drain the excess.  

Add the flour and chili powder to the pot and gently stir to coat the meat. If the flour and chili powder coat the bottom of the pot, it is OK, just be careful to not let it burn.  

Rinse and dry the kidney and black beans. Then, add the beans, tomato sauce, diced tomato, and corn kernels to the pot. Stir well as to try and dissolve any remaining flour/chili powder mixture from the bottom of the pot.  

Add the macaroni and two cups of beef broth to the pot and stir to combine them. Place the lid on the pot and turn the heat up to high and let the pot come to a boil. Once it boils, stir the ingredients in order to loosen any pasta stuck to the bottom of the pot. Turn the heat down to medium-low and place the lid back on the pot. Let the pot simmer for about 15 minutes, or until the pasta is soft and most of the liquid has been absorbed.  During the 15 minutes, stir the pot once or twice to loosen any pasta that may have stuck to the bottom of the pot. 

Once the pasta is fully cooked, turn off the heat and add the cheese. Stir the cheese into the pasta until it has melted and become slightly creamy. Serve hot and enjoy on a chilly fall day! 


As the weather begins to cool down, a bowl of this chili pasta will warm you up. This recipe is perfect for when you want a full meal but without much effort, as all you have to do it place all the ingredients in a pot.  

This recipe is also perfect for big groups of people and can have substitutions suited to their likes. For example, to make the recipe vegetarian, simply take out the beef and additional beans or vegetables to your liking. One can also substitute any of the beans or other ingredients with other preferred beans or veggies.  

You can also make this for bigger crowds by doubling (or even tripling) the ingredients, just allow for longer cooking times.

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