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The Perfect One-Pot Meal: Chili Mac and Cheese

The Perfect One-Pot Meal: Chili Mac and Cheese

One pot meals are a lifesaver for busy families, and this chili mac and cheese is no exception. Serve it up with a side salad for a complete meal that’s ready in a flash.

One pot dishes are the perfect solution for busy weeknight meals for a few reasons. First and foremost, they are incredibly easy to make. Since everything cooks in one pot, there’s no need to worry about multiple pots and pans, which means less time spent cooking and cleaning up in the kitchen. This makes one pot meals an ideal option for busy weeknights when you don’t have a lot of time to spend in the kitchen.

Another great thing about one pot dishes is that they are versatile. You can use a wide range of ingredients to make a one pot meal, which means you can easily tailor them to your family’s tastes and dietary needs. Whether you’re looking for a vegetarian option, a protein-packed meal, or something in between, there’s a one pot dish that will fit the bill.

In addition to being easy and versatile, one pot dishes are also incredibly tasty. The flavors of the different ingredients meld together as they cook, creating a delicious and satisfying meal that everyone will love. And since one pot dishes are so easy to make, you can even involve your family in the cooking process, which can be a fun and bonding experience.

One pot dishes are the perfect solution for busy weeknight meals. They are easy to make, versatile, and incredibly tasty, making them a great option for families who want to enjoy a delicious meal without spending a lot of time in the kitchen.

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This delicious dish is packed with ground beef, tomatoes, and ooey-gooey cheese for a meal that’s ready in just minutes. Plus, since everything cooks in one pot, clean up is a breeze!

To make this tasty dish, simply brown the ground beef in a deep sided skillet and add in the uncooked pasta, diced tomatoes, and broth. Let it cook for a few minutes, stirring occasionally, and then stir in cheese at the end for a yummy and cheesy finish. Your family will love this mouthwatering meal, and it’s so simple to make that even your little ones can help out in the kitchen.

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One-Pot Meal: Chili Mac and Cheese

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  • Author: Gwynn Galvin
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: 4 servings 1x


  • 1 lb. ground beef
  • 1/2 cup chopped onion
  • 1 Tbs. chili powder
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 tsp (paprika)
  • 1/2 tsp. kosher salt
  • 2 1/2 cups chicken or beef broth
  • 8 ounces shell pasta
  • 1 can (14.5 ounces diced tomatoes)
  • 1 can (8 ounces tomato sauce)
  • 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese (divided)
  • 1 Tbs. chopped parsley


  1. Cook ground beef, onion, chili powder, cumin, paprika and salt in large skillet with deep side until beef is browned.
  2. Add broth, pasta, diced tomatoes with their juices and tomato sauce and bring to a boil. Cook 12 minutes or until pasta is al dente.
  3. Reduce heat to medium and add 1 1/2 cups cheese, stirring until cheese is melted and a sauce has formed.
  4. Top with remaining 1/2 cup cheese and chopped parsley.
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Category: Main
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