Rachel Ray's Southwestern Chili con Queso Pasta Bake
(original recipe found here... I changed it around a bit to better fit our style and taste buds)
1 lb. Penne Rigate
1 1/2 lb. ground beed
1 Tbsp. ground cumin
1 Tbsp. roasted ground coriander (I think I am going to leave this out next time)
2 Tbsp. chili powder
1 large yellow onion, chopped
4 tsp. preminced garlic (from the jar)
2 Tbsp. butter
2 Tbsp. all purpose flour
2 c. milk
4c. shredded cheddar cheese
1 Tbsp. parsley flakes
1 can diced fire-roasted tomatoes
1. Preheat oven to 350
2. Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Salt the boiling water and cook the pasta (Here is where I ran into a bit of trouble, I don't think I used enough salt in the water... I think I used about 1 Tbsp, so I would recommend using much more as our one complaint about this was it needed more salt.)
3. While the water is coming to a boil, preheat a large skillet over medium-high heat and brown the hamburger. When the hamburger is almost finished, but still a little pink, throw in the garlic, jalepeno and onions. Finish cooking until the burger is browned and the onion is translucent. Drain the grease from the skillet and mix in the cumin, coriander and chili powder. Take off the heat.
4. In a medium sauce pan (you can do this while you are browning the hamburger), melt the butter and add the flour to it. Cook for 1-2 minutes over moderate heat and then whisk in the milk. When the milk comes to a bubble, stir in approximate 2 1/2 c. of cheese and the parsley. When the cheese has melted stir in the tomatoes.
5. Once the pasta is cooked, drain it and add it back to the large pot. Add the contents of the hamburger and all of the cheddar sauce. Stir to combine. Transfer to a baking dish (I sprayed mine with cooking spray first) and sprinkle the remaining 1 1/2 c. of cheese on top.
6. Bake at 350 for 20 minutes or until cheese on top is lightly browned.
|Cooking the pasta and the meat|
|I really am becoming a master chef... 3 things at once on the stove!|
|Finished product before putting it in the oven|
|Maybe master chef isn't the right description... perhaps master mess maker in the kitchen is more appropriate|