Cook pasta in boiling water until almost al dente. Drain. Combine pasta and beans in a large bowl.
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 75 pounds).
TO REHEAT: Cover casserole with foil; bake at 400° for 20 minutes or until a thermometer inserted in center registers 160°.
Sadly this was nothing like I hoped it would be, when made exactly according to recipe. Others have commented on its odd flavor or lack of flavor. I found it had flavor, just the wrong kind. It's the smoked paprika that really throws things off. If you want to try it I suggest halving the recipe, as it makes two casseroles. If you like it, go for it and make the whole thing next time. I'll go back to my Steak-N-Shake chili 5-way recipe, which is how chili mac should taste.
The final product will render a very bland meal, however, if you're not on a strict diet and not calorie counting, the ways to kick it up a notch are endless. Try hot sauce, grated Parmesan cheese, hot sauce, BBQ sauce, etc!!!
This was not what I usually expect from Cooking Light. It wasn't bad but I wouldn't make it again. Neither of my kids liked it and my husband and I thought it was just okay. There are too many other good recipes here to bother with this one.
i made this tonight and was super impressed. We had been making the Weight Watchers Chili Mac for awhile and this one was better. great mixture. I found prepping the night before and doing three containers (kidney beans, mushrooms/onion/garlic and the pepper with spices) a good blueprint for coming home for a weeknight and being ready to cook!
plus you get portions out of this that you can freeze!