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Hearty Chili Beef Pasta Bake

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This chili beef pasta bake is a balanced meal that combines lean protein from the ground beef, fiber from the beans and vegetables, and complex carbohydrates from the whole-grain pasta. The tomato-based sauce provides a good source of vitamins and antioxidants.

Ingredients

 

  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 tablespoons chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper (optional, for extra heat)
  • 1 (14.5 oz) can diced tomatoes
  • 1 (8 oz) can tomato sauce
  • 1 cup beef broth
  • 1 (15 oz) can kidney beans, drained and rinsed
  • 8 oz uncooked penne or rigatoni pasta
  • 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
  • Salt and black pepper to taste
  • Chopped fresh parsley for garnish


 

Instructions

 

  1. Preheat your oven to 375°F (190°C).

  2. In a large skillet or pot, cook the ground beef over medium-high heat, breaking it up with a wooden spoon as it browns. Drain any excess fat.

  3. Add the diced onion and minced garlic to the skillet. Cook for 2-3 minutes until the onion is translucent.

  4. Stir in the chili powder, cumin, paprika, cayenne pepper (if using), diced tomatoes, tomato sauce, and beef broth. Bring the mixture to a simmer.

  5. Add the drained kidney beans and uncooked pasta to the skillet. Stir well to combine.

  6. Transfer the chili beef pasta mixture to a 9×13 inch baking dish or a large oven-safe skillet.

  7. Top the pasta evenly with the shredded cheddar cheese.

  8. Bake for 20-25 minutes, or until the pasta is cooked through and the cheese is melted and bubbly.

  9. Remove the chili beef pasta bake from the oven and let it cool for 5 minutes.

  10. Garnish with chopped fresh parsley before serving.

Enjoy this hearty and flavorful chili beef pasta bake for a comforting and satisfying dinner!

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