Chili Mac

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Chili MacRecipe
Photo: Brian Woodcock, Styling: Missie Neville Crawford


Talk about old-school comfort: This is a hearty, filling, family-friendly classic. Slightly undercook the pasta to ensure it doesn't end up too mushy. Reduce the amount of ground red pepper for sensitive palates, or crank it up for hotheads. You can brighten the look with a sprinkling of fresh parsley.

Serves 8 (serving size: about 1 1/2 cups)


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12 ounces uncooked rotini, spiral macaroni, or wagon wheel pasta
2 cups canned red kidney beans, rinsed and drained
2 tablespoons olive oil
2 cups chopped onion
2 tablespoons minced fresh garlic
1 pound cremini mushrooms, finely chopped
20 ounces ground turkey breast
2 cups chopped green bell pepper
4 teaspoons ground cumin
2 teaspoons dried oregano
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1 teaspoon smoked paprika
1 teaspoon ancho chile powder
1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1/4 to 1 teaspoon ground red pepper
4 cups lower-sodium marinara sauce
Cooking spray
4 ounces extra-sharp cheddar cheese, shredded (about 1 cup)


Hands-on: 40 Minutes
Total: 55 Minutes

1. Preheat oven to 350°.

2. Cook pasta in boiling water until almost al dente. Drain. Combine pasta and beans in a large bowl.

3. Heat a large skillet over medium heat. Add oil to pan; swirl to coat. Add onion, garlic, and mushrooms to pan; cook 11 minutes or until liquid almost evaporates. Add turkey; cook 5 minutes or until done, stirring to crumble. Add bell pepper and next 7 ingredients (through red pepper); cook 1 minute. Stir in marinara sauce; bring to a boil. Add marinara mixture to pasta mixture; toss to coat. Divide mixture evenly between 2 (2-quart) glass baking dishes coated with cooking spray. Top evenly with cheese. Bake at 350° for 10 minutes or until cheese melts, or follow freezing instructions.

TO FREEZE: Spoon half of unbaked mixture into a 2-quart glass baking dish (such as a Ziploc VersaGlass large square container). Cover with lid; freeze up to 2 months.

TO THAW: Remove lid; place casserole in microwave. Microwave at 30% power 30 to 40 minutes (or on defrost setting for 3.75 pounds).

TO REHEAT: Cover casserole with foil; bake at 400° for 20 minutes or until a thermometer inserted in center registers 160°.

Created date

January 2014

Nutritional Information

Calories 497
Fat 14.5 g
Satfat 5.2 g
Monofat 6.7 g
Polyfat 0.9 g
Protein 33.8 g
Carbohydrate 60.1 g
Fiber 10.6 g
Cholesterol 44 mg
Iron 3.5 mg
Sodium 650 mg
Calcium 174 mg