Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Stovetop Vegetarian Chili Mac and Cheese

Tonight's dinner was sort of a last minute creation, but so delicious! I noticed that the gallon of organic milk JJ picked out on Saturday expires tomorrow. We're the kind of people that go through a gallon in 2 weeks, so to have it 4 days and then it expires kills me! I'm pretty sure JJ will be looking at expiration dates from now on as the milk is $6/gallon and we still have well over 1/2 gallon left.
So I had to think of some recipes that use a good amount of milk, and macaroni and cheese is one of them. My pantry is pretty limited right now, but I managed to come up with what we thought was a flavorful, spicy, creamy and delicious dinner! I served it with kicked up vegetables (see previous post).

Stovetop Vegetarian Chili Mac and Cheese

1/2 red onion, minced
1 tbsp. EVOO
1 tbsp. butter
salt and pepper
2 tbsp. flour
2 c. milk
2 c. shredded cheddar cheese
6 oz. elbow macaroni (I like Barilla plus)
1 12 oz. can Rotel with lime and cilantro
1 15 oz. can dark red kidney beans, drained and rinsed
1 tsp. corriander
2 tsp. cumin
2 tsp. chili powder
cilantro, for garnish

Bring a large pot of water to a boil, salt and add pasta.
Heat a deep skillet over medium.
Add onion, EVOO and butter. Season with salt and pepper.
Sweat out onions for 2-3 minutes, sprinkle flour over onions and whisk to cook off flour.
Add milk, turn heat to high and bring to a bubble.
Drain rotel and add to the milk, whisk in cheddar cheese and spices.
Once cheese is melted and incorporated, add beans.
Drain macaroni and add to the pot.
Stir well, serve with cilantro.


Joanne said...

You keep adding recipes faster than I can comment on them! It takes me forever to drink milk as well so I really only buy it when I need to. Or I bake with it. This mac and cheese is definitely kicked up a few notches with all of your additions. Love it!

Kelly said...

That looks delicious. I rarely buy milk for that reason - I just never drink it fast enough. Looks like you came up with a great way to use it up though.

Ali said...

This sounds so yummy! I love mac and cheese but avoid it because of the crazy calories. Can't wait to try this!

Children of the 90s said...

Yum, this looks delicious! I have the same problem with buying milk. This looks like a fun alternative to regular mac and cheese.

Ali said...

Ashlee I have to tell you I made this dish over the weekend to have a couple times during the week this week. The hubs and I had a small dish just to taste it. He loved it and so did I. In fact, that's what we are having for dinner tonight, along with some steamed and seasoned asparagus.

Anonymous said...

your recipe just saved my evening! i was so hungry and came home, had all those ingredients on hand, and was able to whip this up so quickly! very flavorful sauce.

Amanda said...

I would like to add to the positive comments! I didn't have anything planned for dinner and so I challenged myself to make something I already had with ingredients in my kitchen. I remembered I bookmarked this recipe and it ended up I had everything except for onion. I used celery instead, and cut the ingredients to make a third of it. This was a great addition to our corn and bbq chicken. Thanks so much!