Feb 13, 2021

one pot chili mac - dump dinner



Time: 30 minutes
Dishes: large pot or large skillet

Hello, hello Dear Readers!

As promised, another meatless, vegetarian and vegan dump dinner. It makes complete sense to make this dish as a dump dinner, as long as you keep an eye on the pasta to not over cook. Mine did, but I'm not sure I mind in a 30 minute meal. If this is important to you, just check on it periodically. The pasta should be al dente when the spinach and cheese are added (if using).

This was ready fast. I tend to like casserole dishes with lots of vegan cheese, so I was a happy diner. If you don't like vegan cheese, skip it! 

I love how fast this came together. I didn't have to make a separate batch of chili to have this ready and it was delicious. You can tweak it with more spices or heat, but the base is easy and simple. 

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Speedy Cooking Tips:

  • Gather your ingredients.
  • Add the frozen grounds to the pan before you chop the onion. Use a lid.
  • Add the pasta and stir well before adding the broth. This will keep the pasta separate to cook properly. 
  • I used water with a few teaspoons of broth mix or vegetable bullion. 
  • Test the pasta after 7 minutes to avoid overcooking. It should be al dente before the spinach and cheese gets added, if using.

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One Pot Chili Mac


Makes 4 servings 


1 tablespoon olive oil

1 onion, diced

2 garlic cloves, minced

3 cups (about 1 bag) frozen grounds

12 ounces elbow pasta 

4 cups vegetable broth

1 (15-ounce) can kidney beans, rinsed and drained

1 (14.5-ounce) can diced tomatoes, undrained

2 teaspoons chili powder

1 teaspoon ground cumin

1/2 teaspoon salt

1 (5-ounce) bag baby spinach (optional)

1 cup vegan shredded yellow or orange cheese (optional)

1. Protein: Add the oil to a large pot or skillet, over medium heat. Add the onion, garlic and grounds. Cover and cook until the onion is golden, about 5 minutes. Stir as needed. 

2. Pasta: Add the pasta to the Protein and stir well to coat the pasta evenly. 

3. Beans and Broth: Add the broth, beans, tomato, chili powder, cumin, and salt to the Pasta. Stir well. Bring to boil and reduce to simmer. Cover and cook until the pasta is tender, about 10 minutes.

4. Spinach and Cheese (optional): Stir in the spinach. Mix well to wilt. Add the vegan cheese, cover and cook until the cheese melts, about 5 minutes. Serve. 

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