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Cheeseburger Chili Mac and Cheese


  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil (EVOO)

  • 1 1/2 pounds ground sirloin

  • 1 large onion, finely chopped

  • 2 tablespoons chili powder

  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper

  • 1/2 cup ketchup

  • 1/4 cup yellow mustard

  • 1-2 cups beef stock (depending on how liquid-y you want it)

  • 1 pound whole wheat elbow macaroni

  • 1 1/2 cups shredded sharp yellow cheddar (the sharper the better!)


Pre-heat the broiler. Bring a large pot of water to a boil over high heat for the pasta. Place a medium size pot over medium-high heat with two turns of the pan of EVOO, about 2 tablespoons. Add the meat to the pan and cook until golden brown, 5-6 minutes. Add the onion and chili powder to the pan, then season with salt and pepper and cook until the onion is tender, 4-5 minutes. Add the ketchup, mustard and beef stock to the pot, bring up to a bubble and simmer until slightly thickened, 4-5 minutes. While the chili is working, salt the boiling water and drop the pasta in the pot. Cook to al dente, according to the package directions, then drain thoroughly and return it to the pot. Add the chili to the pot with the pasta and give everything a good toss. Transfer to a casserole dish and top with the shredded cheese. Place the casserole under the broiler to melt and brown the cheese. Serve with a simple salad alongside. This is one of many "Yum-o!" recipes – it's good and good for you. To find out more about Yum-o!, Rachael's nonprofit organization, go to