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    35 mins

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    pattikay in L.A.'s Note:

    Another chili mac recipe - this one is from Cooking Light's Best of 10 Years. It was an instant hit with everyone in my family.

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    1. 1
      Cook first 4 ingredients in a dutch oven over medium high heat till meat is browned, stirring until meat crumbles.
    2. 2
      Drain well and wipe drippings from pan with a paper towel (if your beef is lean enough, you won't really need to do this).
    3. 3
      Return beef to dutch oven; add macaroni and next 10 ingredients.
    4. 4
      stir well.
    5. 5
      Bring to a boil; cover and reduce heat.
    6. 6
      Simmer 20 minutes, stirring occasionally.
    7. 7
      Spoon into individual serving bowls.
    8. 8
      Sprinkle 2 T cheese over each serving.

    Ratings & Reviews:

    • on February 24, 2007


      I was so glad to see this posted here! I believe this recipe was originally published in Cooking Light in an article on healthier school cafeteria food, which grabbed ny attention since if it's kid-friendly, it's probably DH friendly. Quick and easy, and a favorite with us. Add some cornbread and a green salad and dinner is done! The original recipe called for no-salt added tomatoes, corn, tomato paste, tomato sauce, as well as ground round and reduced-fat sharp cheddar. With those changes, this dish is even healthier than shown on the nutrition facts to the left: 7.2 g fat and 420 mg sodium. Thanks for sharing the recipe!!

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    • on October 06, 2013


      Very good dish! Be sure the macaroni is cooked al dente, or they will come out too soft in the end. I used some of the pasta water for the water called for, doubled the chili powder, and used Rotel for the canned tomatoes. This is one I'll be making again. Thank you for sharing!

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    • on June 19, 2013


      This was absolutely delicious! I used cannellini beans, and stirred the grated cheese into the whole mixture right before serving. Easy to make, ingredients on hand; add a salad, and dinner is ready in a jiffy. Thanks, pattikay!

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    Nutritional Facts for Chili Mac (Cooking Light)

    Serving Size: 1 (329 g)

    Servings Per Recipe: 8

    Amount Per Serving
    % Daily Value
    Calories 332.3
    Calories from Fat 107
    Total Fat 11.9 g
    Saturated Fat 5.5 g
    Cholesterol 51.6 mg
    Sodium 770.8 mg
    Total Carbohydrate 35.3 g
    Dietary Fiber 6.9 g
    Sugars 8.5 g
    Protein 22.9 g

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