Friday, January 23, 2009

Cheeseburger Chili Mac & Cheese

This recipe is courtesy of the Rachael Ray show. Kevin & Ian were watching it on MLK day & they asked me to make it. As Rachael says, "YUM-O!"

2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil (EVOO)
1 1/2 pounds ground sirloin (I used ground chuck)
1 large onion, finely chopped
2 tbsp chili powder
Salt and ground black pepper
1/2 c. ketchup
1/4 c. yellow mustard
1 to 2 c. beef stock (depending on how liquid-y you want it)
1 pound whole wheat elbow macaroni
1 1/2 c. shredded sharp yellow cheddar (the sharper the better!)

Pre-heat broiler. Bring a large pot of water to a boil over high heat for the pasta. Place a medium pot over medium-high heat with 2 turns of the pan of EVOO, about 2 tablespoons. Add the meat to the pan and cook until golden brown, 5-6 minutes. Add the onion and chili powder to the pan, season with salt and pepper, and cook until the onion is tender, 4-5 minutes. Add the ketchup, mustard and beef stock to the pot, bring up to a bubble and simmer until slightly thickened, 4-5 minutes. While the chili is working, salt the boiling water and drop the pasta in. Cook to al dente according to package directions then drain thoroughly and return it to the pot. Add the chili to the pot with the pasta and give everything a good toss. Transfer to a casserole dish and top with the shredded cheese. Place the casserole under the broiler to melt and brown the cheese. Serve with a simple salad alongside.

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