Chili Mac – Comfort Food To The Max!

Comfort food takes on a new meaning with this recipe for Chili Mac from the March issue of Cooking Light magazine. Usually, ground turkey is a “non event”……you know what I mean – not a lot of taste, and kinda spongy in a dish. Not when spiced to the max in this one dish wonder!

Chili Mac Fresh from Oven

Trust me on this one, the leftovers are even better than the main event. As if that were not enough, the recipe makes two large dishes of yumminess – one for now, and one for the freezer. (Freeze for up to 2 months, without the cheese. Thaw, add the cheese, cover with foil, and reheat at 400 degrees for 20 minutes). Can you say “time-saver”? Yep, thought so.

Chili Mac Plated

Simple items we changed: had some leftover roasted red peppers, so diced and added in lieu of the green bell peppers. Added some chopped black olives. Omitted the onion and added lots more garlic. Our marinara was only about 3.5 cups, and it was the perfect amount. (Don’t think I’d recommend using a full 4 cups, unless you like it a bit on the runny side.) Added some grated fresh parmesan on top, for a bit of additional flavor. 

Chili Mac with Bread and Kale

Served with hot bread, which cooks nestled alongside the chili mac, and a side of sautéed kale with garlic and olive oil. Or you could add a simple green salad to get your veggies for the meal.

Let’s dive in – No need to wait to enjoy – eat it while the gooey cheese on top is melty!


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8 Responses to Chili Mac – Comfort Food To The Max!

  1. Very nice & hard to believe it comes from Cooking Light. I’m printing this one out since I’m trying to collect as many freezable dishes as possible (that new hip in the future you know?).


    • Definitely make and freeze this one. We totally enjoyed the dish, and will make it again. Leftovers are perfect the next day, as it all seems to “meld” together…don’t skimp on the spices, as they made all the difference in flavoring the turkey. When is The Hip happening?


      • Seeing the surgeon next week but I don’t know how fast he can schedule the surgery. If he could do it the next day, I’d be there with my pj’s. It’s gotten so bad that I can’t do much & there’s all kinds of popping & grinding going on.


  2. Oh dear, I was so busy I forgot to have Lunch – now reading this, I am ‘starving’. Delicious.


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