But seriously. It's that time of year where I start whipping out my filling, cozy, warm, stick to your bone kind of meals. But I also have to make it kid friendly for the toddler who is super picky.
Kyle mentioned he wanted chili. Chase loves pasta. BAM! You've got an easy, quick to put together meal that sort of does the work itself. And you can't beat that.
Use caution though. My family devoured this meal so quick, that they didn't even give me a chance to get a good picture of the wonderful cheesy, bubbliness. Oh well.
In the long run it really is more about your family eating, than taking good pictures.
½ Tablespoons Canola Or Vegetable Oil
What to Do:
Start by preheating the oven to 350 F. Drizzle the oil into a large skillet on medium high heat. Add the onions and sauté for about 3 minutes. Add the ground beef and season with salt and pepper. Cook until beef is no longer pink.
While the ground beef is cooking, cook your pasta according to package instructions for firm al dente. Once cooked, drain off the water and set pasta aside for now.
After the ground beef is cooked, add the tomato sauce, diced tomatoes and green chilies, beans, chili powder, cumin, cayenne and water. Give it a stir and let it simmer for about 5 minutes.
After 5 minutes, stir in the cooked pasta. Stir to combine.
Pour the chili pasta mixture into a 9×13 pan. Flatten it out with a spatula and sprinkle with cheese. Place in the oven for 30 minutes or until the edges are bubbling and the cheese has fully melted.
Spoon into serving dishes and top with sour cream, green onions, or even more cheese! Whatever you want! Don't forget to be in your pajamas so you can hibernate afterwards!