Vegetarian chili mac

This recipe was a happy accident. I bought my favorite vegetarian sloppy Joe mix, made it, and realized I had no buns to put it on. So I put it on mac and cheese instead, and it was really good. I make it often because it’s so easy to put together after work.

This is more of a technique than a recipe. You can use whatever boxed mixes or from-scratch recipes you like, but I prefer these:

The wheat pasta seems like a healthier choice, and it still tastes good.

So here’s what you do. Boil the pasta water, and while you’re waiting, saute some sliced onions in a little bit of oil. (You’ll be adding onions, brown sugar, chili powder and tomato paste to the sloppy Joe mix to make it yummier).

When those are done, add two cups of water and bring it to a boil. Then add the rest of the ingredients (I usually do 3 T. tomato paste, 1 T. chili powder and 2 T. brown sugar) and cook it all together for a few more minutes.

Usually, by this time the pasta has been boiled and you can put that together according to the package directions. Which are pretty much the same no matter which box you buy.

Spread a layer of mac and cheese on your plate and top with a big scoop of sloppy Joe mixture. Add some Steamfresh veggies to the plate and you’ve got yourself dinner.