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I headed over to my local Walmart so I could make my super simple Chili Mac & Cheese with Prego® Farmers’ Market sauce.
Yes folks, that’s chili, mac, and lots of cheese that’s mixed with Prego® farm fresh sauce.
Prego® Farmers’ Market brings amazing flavor from simple, farm fresh ingredients like vine-ripened tomatoes, garlic, and basil.
The fact that the ingredients are all picked at the peak of freshness and made the way I would with lots of olive oil, black pepper and oregano makes it the perfect sauce to enjoy with all my favorite Italian dishes.
What I enjoy about my Chili Mac & Cheese is that thanks to Prego® this dish goes together in a matter of minutes and is the perfect easy weeknight meal!
First, take fresh bell peppers and onions and saute them in a little olive oil.
You can even add fresh diced jalapenos to kick up the spice!
Normally I would add a little garlic next but because I decided to use Prego® Farmers’ Market Roasted Garlic sauce I omitted it.
Don’t forget to season your fresh veggie mixture with our spice blend that consists of chili powder, black pepper, garlic powder, onion powder and a few other of my favorite spices.
I chose to use ground turkey but ground beef or chicken would work as well.
Brown your meat until cooked through and add a small can of tomato paste to our meat/veggie mixture.
Add about 2 cups of large, dried, elbow macaroni to the sauce mixture.
Make sure you use a big enough pot because we want to make sure you have room for all this goodness!
It’s important that you taste the pasta to make sure it’s cooked all the way.
Once our pasta is all cooked it’s time for the grand finale!
Yes, you can’t have Chili Mac without the Cheese!
Place the lid back on the pot to allow the cheese to melt.
Remember adding fresh veggies such as green onions or chopped fresh parsley at the end of cooking really does enhance the final flavor of your dish!
I will say my house is packed with hungry teenagers and they devoured this meal!
Don’t forget to head over to your nearest Walmart and stock up!
Leave a comment below and tell me how you plan on using your favorite Prego® Farmers’ Market sauces?
2 lbs ground turkey
1 jar Prego® Farmers’ Market Roasted Garlic Sauce
4 cups chicken broth, low sodium
3 cups canned pinto beans, drained, rinsed
2 cups dried elbow macaroni, large
1 1/2 cups sharp cheddar cheese, grated
1 1/2 cup jack cheese, grated
1 6 ounce can tomato paste
1 bell pepper, diced
1 white onion, diced
2 tablespoons chili powder
2 tablespoons creole seasoning
1 tablespoon garlic powder
1 tablespoon onion powder
1 tablespoon paprika
1 tablespoon Oregano, crushed
1/2 tablespoon black pepper
green onions to garnish
Mix seasoning blend together and set aside.
Add about two tablespoons of olive oil to a large skillet.
Add bell pepper and onion and saute for about 5 minutes.
Add about 1 tablespoon of seasoning to veggie mixture and mix well.
Add meat to pan, break up with a spoon and season with half the seasoning blend.
Cook meat until browned.
If using beef please drain mixture to remove any oil that may have accumulated.
Add tomato paste to meat mixture and mix well. Cook about 3 minutes.
Add jar of Prego® Farmers’ Market Roasted Garlic Sauce and broth to meat mixture.
Stir in rinsed and drained beans, remaining seasonings and dried macaroni.
Bring mixture to boil and simmer for about 15 minutes or until pasta is cooked.
Top with grated cheese, cover with lid and allow cheese to melt.
Garnish with green onions and serve immediately.