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Kitchen Sink Chili Mac

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  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 1 hr 15 min
  • Active: 30 min
  • Yield: 4 to 6 servings
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Ingredients

Coarse salt

2 cups uncooked elbow macaroni pasta 

1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil 

2 celery stalks, finely sliced 

1 carrot, finely chopped 

1 green bell pepper, diced 

1/2 cup diced red onion 

3 to 4 cloves garlic, minced 

1 pound lean grass-fed ground beef 

2 teaspoons ground cumin 

1 teaspoon chili powder 

Two 14.5-ounce cans diced tomatoes (not drained)

One 8-ounce block mozzarella, shredded 

Directions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Cook the elbow macaroni until just shy of al dente, about 5 minutes.
  3. In the meantime, heat the oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat, then add the celery, carrot, bell pepper and red onion. Season with a pinch of salt and saute until the veggies begin to get tender, about 5 minutes. Add the garlic and saute until fragrant, another 30 seconds.
  4. Add the ground beef and brown it with the veggies, breaking it up with a wooden spoon. Season with the cumin, chili powder and a pinch of salt; toss the beef and veggies around in the skillet another minute or two. Add the diced tomatoes and stir into the mix. Transfer the mostly-cooked elbow macaroni to the skillet and stir to combine.
  5. Transfer the chili mac to any casserole dish you want! Sprinkle with the mozzarella and bake, uncovered, until the cheese is browned and bubbly, 30 to 40 minutes.