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Thursday, September 8, 2016

Klunker's easy chili mac

Klunker's easy chili mac

I really love to be in the kitchen and cook.  I love the whole process, from beginning to end. I love the chopping, the mixing, the boiling, and of course the eating.  I also have one foot in reality too.  I realize that I don't have the time or patience for non-stop cooking.  I have two kids under the age of 5 that I want to spend time with too.  
Sometimes I want to cook something really good, but don't want to spend a ton of time in the kitchen.  So, today's recipe came about.  I wanted a recipe that would be really good, really fast, and really easy to clean up.
I hope you give this one a try, it is really good, and hits all the right spots!

Ingredients

2 cups dry macaroni noodles (you can use regular, whole wheat, rice)
10 cups water to boil the noodles

1/2 medium onion, peeled and chopped small
1 tsp. chopped garlic
1 15oz. can of black beans, drained and rinsed (or you can use fresh)
1 14.5oz. can of diced tomatoes (or boxed, or the equivalent fresh diced) with juice
1 tablespoon low sodium/sodium free chili powder
1 tsp. onion powder
1 tsp. garlic powder
1/2 tsp. cumin powder
1/2 tsp. paprika 
salt and pepper to taste (wait until you are done to season with salt and pepper)
1/2 cup nutritional yeast (nooch)
up to 1/2 cup veggie broth if you want it creamier

Directions:

Bring your water to a boil over high heat, add your pasta, and cook according to package directions.  When the pasta is done, drain well and rinse with cold water to stop the cooking.  Set aside.


While that is boiling, place a large saute pan on the stove, over medium heat. Add the onions and garlic.  Saute for about 5 minutes, or until it turns translucent.



 Add the tomatoes and spices, and stir well.  Cook for another 5 minutes.


Add the black beans, and stir well.


After stirring well, cover the pan, and let simmer for about 5 minutes.


Remove lid and stir.  If you want it saucier, add the veggie broth.


Add the cooked pasta.


Stir very well.  Make sure to really cover all the pasta in the yummy sauce.


Finally, add the nutritional yeast.  Stir well to coat.


Now, the best part, EAT!!!



Some great additions to this would be mushrooms (of course) and some baby spinach.  Also, you could put this in a casserole pan, put panko bread crumbs on top, and bake in a 400° oven for 10-12 minutes, until the top starts to brown.
However you make this, I hope you enjoy it.