Here is where we need ya, hey it’s nice to see ya!
Welcome back, welcome back, welcome back Chilly Mac
This catchy chorus isn’t about food but it’s not exactly a misheard lyric either. In any case, hearing about Chilly Mac made me want to eat a chili mac for dinner.
What’s better than chili mac?
Chili mac and cheese!
First I made mac and cheese based on the good old Edmonds cookbook recipe. Then I browned some mince with a heaped teaspoon of chili seasoning, added a can of pasta (tomato) sauce and a can of kidney beans. I poured the mac and cheese into an overproof dish and topped with the chili. Grated cheese on top and then bunged it into the oven to get golden for about 20 minutes.
I made enough for about 4 people so there was plenty left for leftover lunch the next day. These days the only time I bring lunch is when I have leftovers. There’s no effort involved in making a little bit more at dinner time and the joy of having yummy leftovers to look forward to is great!
I take most of my food photos at night because I cook at night. Like most people, I’m at work during the day so the lighting in my photos is pretty average. I wasn’t going to photograph this chili mac at all since our light blew in the kitchen and replaced it with a sad 40w bulb. We were about to eat in front of the TV when I realised that the TV itself was a pretty good light. Worth experimenting with I think.
this is such a great idea! i am definetly going to try this the next time my vegetarian sister makes her mac n cheese, i’ll do a seperate one with chilli mince and beans!
Cheers for this 🙂
Your vegetarian sister will be so jealous! Maybe you could make a vegetarian chili mac for her? I don’t think faux mince is good, but just omit the mince from the chili and maybe add something tasty like sun-dried tomatoes and you could have a pretty satisfying vegetarian chili mac and cheese.