Sunday, September 7, 2008

Chile Mac n Cheese

The Weight Watchers Cookbook my mom gave me several years ago really has gotten some use. In addition to the ever-popular Pineapple Polynesian Chicken, I also love making Chile Mac n Cheese, inspired by a recipe in that book as well. Of course, mine isn't as figure-friendly, but where's the fun in that?

Chile Mac n Cheese

1 pound large elbow macaroni
1 pound ground turkey breast (though i used ground beef this time)
1 red onion
4 cloves garlic
1 red bell pepper
1 can diced tomatoes, undrained
1 can green chiles
1 tablespoon tomato paste
1 tablespoon chile powder
2 teaspoons cumin
1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
Salt and pepper to taste
2 cups shredded cheddar cheese

Place a large pot of water to boil, cook macaroni until done. In the meantime, heat a large skillet on medium high heat and cook turkey breast until done, about 6 minutes. Add onion, garlic and bell pepper and saute until onions are translucent, about 3-4 minutes. Add tomatoes, chiles, paste and seasonings and combine. Add in 1/4 cup of water and cook mixture on high until it starts to bubble.

Turn down heat to low and cover and let mixture simmer about 10 minutes. Remove skillet from heat and stir in cheddar cheese.

What's your favorite way to cook ground meat?


Ben said...

That's just my kind of mac and cheese. I bet the sweetness of the red bell pepper and the spiciness of the green chiles is an explosive combination :)

Kway said...

Umm can you stop taunting me with these amazing looking mac and cheese pics?