One Pot Chili Pasta

Talk about throwing the kitchen sink into a recipe!  That’s actually what I love about this One Pot Chili Pasta meal.

This chili mac recipe combines your favorite chili recipe with your favorite mac & cheese dish — but it’s way easier that making a chili pot that could take hours!

Chili mac and cheese in a large cast iron skillet. The cheddar and pasta sit on top of the chili.
Chili mac and cheese is a delicious and hearty pasta dish.

I love anything with elbow macaroni! It reminds me of Saturday afternoons when I was growing up and my mom would make elbow macaroni with butter and pepper (soooo good)!

You could also make this recipe into chili spaghetti, with a switch in noodles! It’s up to what chili with pasta your family would most love! 

How to Make One Pot Chili Mac and Cheese

Ingredients:

  • 1 pound Ground Beef
  • 1 medium Onion, chopped
  • 3 cloves Garlic, minced
  • 1 tablespoon Olive Oil
  • 2 cups Chicken Broth
  • 2 cups Pasta Sauce
  • 1 can Diced Tomatoes with Mild Green Chilis
  • 1 can Chili Beans (do not drain)
  • 1 1/2 cups Elbow Macaroni
  • 1 teaspoon Chili Powder
  • 1 teaspoon Cumin
  • 1 cup Cheddar Cheese, shredded
  • Salt & Pepper to taste
  • Parsley to garnish

Directions:

  • In a large saucepan (with lid) heat up the olive oil and add the ground beef, onion and garlic until the meat is browned and onion is translucent.  It’s best to add the garlic after the meat and onions are most of the way cooked.  Garlic cooks faster than the other two ingredients.  Drain excess fat.
  • Add salt & pepper to taste
  • Stir in chicken broth, pasta sauce, diced tomatoes with mild green chilis, chili beans, chili powder and cumin
  • Bring to a boil and stir in pasta.
  • Lower the heat, cover and simmer until the pasta is cooked (about 13-14 minutes). If you’re using spaghetti, for this chili and pasta recipe, keep in mind it will cook faster. Also, break the spaghetti in half before adding it to the chili to save even more time!
  • Remove from heat and sprinkle the cheddar cheese evenly on top.
  • Add the parsley and serve

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One Pot Chili Pasta

One Pot Chili Mac and Cheese is So Easy to Make!

Using a large saucepan (with lid) heat up the olive oil and add the ground beef and onions. Once these are most of the way cooked, add the garlic. It won’t take the garlic very long to cook.

Drain the excess fat and add a pinch of salt & pepper.

One Pot Chili Pasta

Next you will add the chicken broth, pasta sauce, diced tomatoes with mild green chilis, chili beans, chili powder and cumin.

Mix together and bring to a boil. Once it’s boiling add the pasta.

Cover, lower the heat and simmer for about 14 minutes until the pasta is just about cooked.

One Pot Chili Pasta

Add the cheese and parsley on top and serve.

One Pot Chili Pasta

This is another fantastic one-pot meal that can be served right from the pan.

Some people have called it chilli mac, and that’s just fine. It’s delicious either way.

No matter what you call this chili with pasta recipe, it makes it so easy for the family to gather and enjoy dinner together. 

One Pot Chili Pasta

Yield: 4 Servings

One Pot Chili Pasta

One Pot Chili Pasta

Combines your favorite chili recipe with your favorite mac & cheese dish — but it’s way easier that making a pot of chili that could take hours!

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 pound Ground Beef
  • 1 medium Onion, chopped
  • 3 cloves Garlic, minced
  • 1 tablespoon Olive Oil
  • 2 cups Chicken Broth
  • 2 cups Pasta Sauce
  • 1 can Diced Tomatoes with Mild Green Chilis
  • 1 can Chili Beans (do not drain)
  • 1 1/2 cups Elbow Macaroni
  • 1 teaspoon Chili Powder
  • 1 teaspoon Cumin
  • 1 cup Cheddar Cheese, shredded
  • Salt & Pepper to taste
  • Parsley to garnish

Instructions

  1. In a large saucepan (with lid) heat up the olive oil and add the ground beef, onion and garlic until the meat is browned and onion is translucent.
  2. Drain fat, add salt and pepper to taste.
  3. Stir in chicken broth, pasta sauce, diced tomatoes with mild green chilis, chili beans, chili powder, and cumin.
  4. Bring to a boil and add the pasta. Reduce to a simmer, cover, and cook for 15 minutes.
  5. Remove from heat, sprinkle with parsley and cheddar cheese.

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