Monday, July 23, 2012

Chili Con Queso Pasta Bake

This is a Rachael Ray recipe that I found on pinterest. It sounded good and we both like all the ingredients but unfortunately neither one of us really loved the final dish. There's nothing wrong with it, it was fine, but we both thought it was a little bland which is strange considering it does have quite a lot of spices in it.

1 lb pasta
1 lb ground beef
1 tbsp ground cumin
1 tbsp ground coriander
2 tbsp chili powder
1 onion, chopped
3 garlic cloves, chopped
1 jalepeno, diced
2 tbsp butter
2 tbsp all purpose flour
2 cups milk
2 1/2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
1/2 cup fresh parsley
1 can diced tomatoes

Preheat oven to 350.

Cook the pasta according to package directions.

While the pasta is cooking, brown the ground beef with the garlic, jalapeno and onion, cook for 5 minutes, drain the grease from the pan.  Add the cumin, coriander and chili powder and turn the heat to low.

In a saucepan, melt the butter and add the flour.  Cook for a minute or two, whisk in the milk.  When the milk starts to boil add the cheese and parsley, once the cheese has melted add the tomatoes.

Drain the cooked pasta and add it into the pan with the ground beef, pour in the cheese sauce and stir to combine.  Transfer to a baking dish. top with more cgeese and bake for 20 minutes.

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