Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Italian Style Chili Mac


Not quite an Italian meal. Actually Italian American adaption. Sometimes we just had to get creative with those leftovers. But, I have to tell you growing up in an Italian background, there were two no no's with our Dad, mayonnaise on potatoes, and bottled sauce for pasta, they were really non existent. This chili, although spiced up with Italian seasonings as well as some Mexican, is chock full of Italian flavors. The garlic, and tomatoes and peppers are perfect over pasta with any leftovers. We loved it. Of course mom would always make sure dad knew this was all Italian, but its our secret.
You can use a variety of ground meats in your chili, hamburger, turkey or even sausage.

You can use any pasta, we like the shells because the beans fit into the shells. Top with generous amounts of cheese.
Nothing like a great big pot of Italian Style Chili~


1 lb of baby seashell
1lb of shredded mozzarella cheese
grating cheese
red pepper flakes (optional)
Boil pasta till al dente, drain. Scoop plain pasta onto plate, top with Italian Style Chili sprinkle with cheeses and red pepper. Serve with crusty garlic bread, corn bread or bread sticks.

16 comments:

HoneyB said...

Yum! Looks delish!

Danielle said...

I don't care what nationality it is, after all the gourmet food we make and eat sometimes you just need a big bowl of Chili Mac! Good, cheap comfort food. Kudos!

Trix said...

I could totally see doing a meatless version of this! Funny - Poppa Trix likes to dip his fries in mayo, I guess he'd be in trouble with you!

Drick said...

haven't had chili mac in years and certainly not Italian Mex Mac - it does look really great ... love another way to use up leftovers, it's a keeper

Cristina @ TeenieCakes said...

Mmm. Great photos..looks tasty and hearty!

Cristina @ TeenieCakes said...

Mmm. Great photos of a dish that looks both tasty and hearty!

Sharon said...

Looks great, would love to try it over a baked potato!

Joy said...

A lovely meal! I like a similar chili with polenta too!

Claudia said...

Isn't it grand how you can adapt American to Italian? That's what the Italians would do. Looks scrumptious.

Nina's Recipes said...

Beans and pasta; sounds good, looks good, taste good! see you soon! XO

Federica said...

How can I resist in front of pasta? This is a wonderful dish, very appetizing. Bye

Tania said...

Italian Style Chili? Wow, looks great!

pegasuslegend said...

Thanks everyone for your great input on this dish...it really was good...and the suggestions for baked potatoe and over polenta wow cant wait to try!!!!! love it!

Cinnamon-Girl said...

I have been craving chili mac like crazy! This looks really yummy - love it over the shells!

Food o' del Mundo said...

Oh this brings back some serious memories! My mother, Patty, used to make this nearly every Saturday growing up on the farm. ~Mary

5 Star Foodie said...

Mmmm... that chili mac sounds perfectly comforting and super delicious!