After a couple weeks of lingering summer weather, Fall seems to be finally here for good. As much as I definitely don’t look forward to the below freezing temperatures and snow showers that Fall will turn into, I really enjoy the cooler temperatures and changing leaves. Cooler temperatures mean layers of clothing, warm beverages and warm foods. The season of soups, stews, and baked dinners is here.
One of the first things that I made when the weather turned cooler was chili. I had it many, many times last year and was looking forward to making it again this year. Chili makes for a lot of leftovers, this can be a good or bad thing. Generally we are good about eating leftovers, but the week got busy and after a few days we still had quite a bit of chili left.
One night while we were thinking about what to make for dinner, I was scrolling through my list of recipes to make and I came across a recipe from How Sweet It Is that looked perfect: Cheddar Chili Cornbread Pasta Bake. It was a way to use up our leftover chili while still satisfying my craving for pasta. (ok, so I crave pasta pretty much every day, whatever.) You can find the recipe here.
Since the chili was already made, the recipe was pretty simple to make! Once the pasta was cooked you just layer in the pasta, cheese, and chili and then top it with cornbread batter.
The cornbread recipe that we chose was just a generic one from the Joy of Cooking cookbook. It was a little dry for me, but since you eat it with the chili and noodles, it didn’t bother me too much.
Overall it was definitely a hearty meal! I really like that the cornbread just bakes on top. That makes it a lot easier than trying to time things right to have everything done in time. I also like that although there are noodles and cheese and chili, they stay pretty separate. The noodles don’t get soggy, and the cheese is still a definite layer of its own.
Ease: A, assuming you have the chili already made, there isn’t much prep to make this at all.
Taste: A-, although I would use a different cornbread recipe next time, this was good! A whole meal all in one dish.
Would I make it again? I think so. It is a hearty and filling dish for a lazy night 🙂