This Baked Chili Roni is an easy weeknight meal the whole family will love! Whip it up in a skillet over the stove top, then bake it for just a short time in the oven to lock in those incredible flavors! Top with cheese to increase the delicious factor even more!
Usually when it’s around dinner time at our house, the evening chaos is at an all time high. My daughter is needing to be picked up from volleyball practice, the kids are finishing homework and reading, and my husband is just getting off work. I love to make a weekly menu on Sunday evening, so I always have a game plan of what’s going to go on the table each night.
That way, when 4:00 rolls around and all the kids are all hungry and asking what’s for dinner, I know exactly what I’m going to make. My meals typically are easy-to-prepare and come together in around 30 minutes, give or take, so I can move on to the next activity. This one is no different! I grew up eating this and now my kids devour it every time it’s served!
It’s a pasta chili medley of sorts, so you have all the wonderful chili flavors and beans in there, but combined with macaroni. It’s pretty much pure bliss for the taste buds! My mom always made this with ground beef, but I like to up the flavor by using kielbasa pieces instead. Have you ever had kielbasa? It’s a Polish sausage that’s loaded with flavor! I’d highly recommend this substitution! But, of course, if ground beef is all you’ve got, please feel free to use it!
I’m a huge fan of one pan wonders like today’s recipe. You can make it in a big skillet and then transfer it to an oven safe dish to bake, or you can make it in a cast iron pot, like I do, and then it can go directly in the oven and you don’t have to dirty two pans. Winning!
This is a meal the whole family can get behind! Pasta with a homemade chili sauce, meat, and cheese…it just doesn’t get better than this! It’s one of those dinners that you’ll remember with total fondness and want to eat again and again! My kids and husband beg me to make this on a regular basis!
It’s hearty and comforting and you’ll be left with a smile when that dinner plate’s empty! I can’t wait for your family to try this! It’s love at first bite!
We’ve been enjoying this meal for years! It’s a tried-and-true, best-loved family recipe. I hope it becomes a favorite at your house too!