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One-pot chilli mac’n’cheese

  • Author: Pip Payne
  • Total Time: 45 minutes
  • Yield: 6 1x


The ultimate comfort food mash-up!

Healthy Extra: A- cheese


  • low calorie cooking spray/spray oil
  • 1 onion (finely chopped)
  • 2 cloves garlic (crushed)
  • 2 red peppers (diced)
  • 500 g lean beef mince (less that 5% fat)
  • 400 g can chopped tomatoes
  • 1 tbsp tomato puree
  • 400g can red kidney beans (drained and rinsed)
  • 1 tbsp worcestershire sauce
  • 800 ml hot beef stock
  • 300 g dried macaroni pasta
  • 180 g cheddar (finely grated)
  • For the spice mix: 1 teaspoon chilli powder (2 teaspoons paprika, 1 teaspoon ground cumin, 1 teaspoon onion granules, 1 teaspoon dried oregano, 1/2 teaspoon black pepper, 1 teaspoon salt)


  1. Get your spice mix ready by mixing all the spices together in a small bowl/ramekin.
  2. Spray a large, oven-proof saucepan or flameproof casserole dish with low-calorie cooking spray or oil, and fry the onion & garlic gently for 3 minutes.
  3. Add the red peppers to the pan and fry for 1 more minute.
  4. Add the minced meat and cook until brown, stirring and breaking it up with a spoon, then spoon in the spice mix and stir it through the meat thoroughly.
  5. Add the tomatoes, tomato puree, kidney beans and Worcestershire sauce. Stir again.
  6. Pour in the beef stock and the macaroni and stir well. Put the lid on and simmer gently for 15 minutes, until the macaroni is cooked. For the last few minutes, remove the lid and bubble gently, giving it a good stir. Preheat the grill on its highest setting.
  7. Remove from the heat and stir in half the cheese.
  8. Sprinkle the rest of the cheese on top and place under the hot grill for about 5 minutes, until the cheese is bubbling, melted and browned on top.


Don’t like kidney beans? replace them with black beans, pinto beans or haricot beans- all still thoroughly delicious!

  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 35 minutes
  • Category: Main Course
  • Method: Easy
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: beef, cheese, comfort food, family friendly, mac 'n' cheese