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Macaroni Chili

25 min

Meal

Freezer-friendly

The coziness of pasta and chilli, all in one recipe. Protein-packed with both a soy veggie ground and kidney beans. Batch-make this recipe to enjoy in the coming days, and it's a recipe that freezes rather well too.

Servings

Total

25 min

Prep

10 min

Cook

15 min

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Ingredients

  • 2 cups (244 g)
    dry whole wheat macaroni
  • 1 Tbsp (15 mL)
    vegetable oil
  • 1
    medium onion, diced
  • 2
    cloves garlic, minced
  • 1⅔ cups (400 g)
    canned diced tomatoes
  • 2 Tbsp (30 mL)
    canned tomato paste
  • 1
    vegetable bouillon cube
  • 1 tsp (3 g)
    chili powder
  • 1 tsp (2 g)
    paprika powder
  • 1 tsp (6 g)
    salt
  • ½ tsp
    ground black pepper
  • 1¾ cups (315 g)
    cooked red kidney beans
  • 1½ cups (170 g)
    soy veggie ground
  • 2
    medium carrots, diced
  • 1
    red bell pepper, diced
  • 3 cups (90 g)
    fresh spinach

Optional toppings

  • fresh chives
  • fresh jalapeño
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Directions

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  1. Cook macaroni according to package directions, but decrease cooking time by 1 - 2 minutes. Once nearly al dente, drain.
  2. While noodles are boiling, heat the oil in a large pot on medium-high heat and sauté the onions and garlic until the onions are soft, about 3 - 5 minutes. Add splashes of water as needed to deglaze the pan.
  3. Add the diced tomatoes, and rinse out the can with water (about 400 mL) adding this to the pot as well, along with the tomato paste, bouillon cube, and spices. Bring to a boil.
  4. Once bubbling away, add the kidney beans, soy ground, carrot, and bell pepper. Cook until the carrots are soft, about 5 minutes.
  5. Lastly, add the drained noodles and spinach. Cook for another minute, or until the spinach wilts and the pasta is al dente. Serve with desired garnish, and enjoy!

Notes

  • Variations: add in corn, jalapeño, or kale.

Storage

  • Keep in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 4 days.
  • Store in the freezer for up to 1 month.

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Plate method

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Grains 33%

dry whole wheat macaroni

Proteins 26%

cooked red kidney beans

soy veggie ground

Fruits & Veggies 41%

medium onion

clove garlic

canned diced tomatoes

canned tomato paste

medium carrot

red bell pepper

fresh spinach

Calcium
No significant sources of calcium
Fat

vegetable oil

Nutrition info

We believe that focusing on numbers can harm our relationship with food. Instead, our philosophy is to Nourish the Cells & the Soul. If you require specific nutrition information due to a medical condition, please consult with a dietitian or physician. The nutritional information provided is composed with the utmost care. However, we cannot guarantee the correctness of the displayed values, see also our disclaimer.

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Freddie Delturco - Oct. 13, 2021, 2:06 p.m.

I add a tea spoon of Cayenne pepper to give one extra punch, omg so delicious. Im new here and I love all the recipes!

PUL Team - Oct. 14, 2021, 3:01 a.m.

Oo a lovely addition, Freddie, and welcome to the PUL community! We're so happy to have you here 👋


Sarah - Oct. 11, 2021, 5:54 p.m.

Made this today… It was a lot of food and easy to make, so thats nice. My husband and I think it’s good food to eat but not spectacular. Something was missing for us, maybe not enough spices. Still I am happy to have some leftovers :)

PUL Team - Oct. 11, 2021, 11:16 p.m.

Thank you for the honest review, Sarah, it's really appreciated to help us improve! Did you use fresh ingredients and portions from the recipe instructions? Perhaps adding more fresh spices to taste may be beneficial if desired 😊


Justin A - Sept. 9, 2021, 6:45 p.m.

Heading back to school and decided I’ve got to make some healthier choices to keep
myself in a good place. Prepared this for dinner and packed the rest away for the next few days. Absolutely loved it and same goes for my family. Thank you so much! :)

PUL Team - Sept. 12, 2021, 2:39 a.m.

We appreciate the kind words so much, Justin! All the best with back to school 🙂📚


Alica - Aug. 25, 2021, 11:27 a.m.

It was so good it might have become my favourite go-to meal ever!
My only question is: what would you recommend to avoid burning and sticking at the bottom of the pan/pot? I am resorting to cook my pasta on a different pot, but am all about getting good tips to make it truly one-pot friendly.
Also, please more dishes like this! Decadent, yet healthy and super easy.

PUL Team - Aug. 29, 2021, 1:31 a.m.

Hi Alica, thanks for the lovely question! A few things come to mind. Using a larger pot with more water may do the trick if the stickiness is due to the starch being released from the pasta. Gently mixing the pasta more frequently may also help ☺️ We hope this helps!


Grace - Aug. 20, 2021, 3:03 p.m.

I made this for dinner and then I took the leftovers to work with me the next day... I was the envy of all of my co-workers come lunch time! Once they caught and whiff and a glance at my food they all started hovering around me and drooling like vultures, lol! Super delicious and beautiful!

PUL Team - Aug. 23, 2021, 10:37 p.m.

Aww so glad the macaroni chili was enjoyed, Grace, thank you for the review!


Marisa - Aug. 5, 2021, 2:20 a.m.

Whole family loved it!


Luci - Aug. 1, 2021, 4:37 a.m.

Absolutely delicious! Everyone (including my picky husband) went for seconds. I had to cook the carrots for much longer than 5 minutes, as we all preferred them a bit softer, and as I used chick pea and lentil pasta that only required 5 min of cooking time, I simply added it straight to the pot when the chili was fully cooked and let it cook in the pot (with a bit more boiling water). Will definitely come back to this one!

PUL Team - Aug. 4, 2021, 5:10 a.m.

Thanks for sharing your experience with the recipe, Luci, super appreciated ☺️


Elvin - July 24, 2021, 7:52 p.m.

This macaroni is delicious! It was a success at the first time. I have added it to my "best and easy recipes" list!

PUL Team - July 26, 2021, 7:40 p.m.

We're so honoured a PUL recipe made the list! It means so much, Elvin 🤗


Andréa - July 24, 2021, 7:05 p.m.

Have been making this recipe once a month more or less for the past 6 months, love it!!


Lucy - July 11, 2021, 5:39 p.m.

love. this. pasta. made this for my non-vegan fam, and they love it too 😉


Shannon - July 10, 2021, 12:11 a.m.

We loved this recipe! We fix this weekly in the fall and winter. We tried different veggies and beans to make it a little different. Definitely great topped with vegan cheddar and avocado too!

PUL Team - July 15, 2021, 5:15 a.m.

Mmm lovely ways to change it up, Shannon 😍


Luka - July 10, 2021, 12:06 a.m.

Tried this with beyond beef. It’s delicious. Hearty, flavorful. Works well for meal prep.


Clarissa - June 15, 2021, 5:43 a.m.

I love how this dish is so simple but so yummy! I will definitely be adding it to my daily rotation, especially in the winter months!


Patty - May 24, 2021, 12:36 p.m.

Hi, where I can find the recipe for the vegetable bouillon cube please? Thank you

PUL Team - May 24, 2021, 9:04 p.m.

Hey Patty! We don't currently have a recipe for bouillon cubes, but you can substitute the cube and water for vegetable stock or broth. Just give it a taste test, and add more salt if you think it needs it. Alternatively, you could omit it and adjust the spices to make it more flavourful 🙂


lily - May 23, 2021, 8:55 a.m.

this dish was delicious!! though I would recommend that if you're batch making it to add the spinach after you reheat it, otherwise it discolours a bit in the fridge.

PUL Team - May 24, 2021, 7:15 a.m.

A lovely suggestion, Lily, thank you for sharing! 😀


Meena - May 19, 2021, 12:51 p.m.

hi Can i swap the ground soy for cooked brown lentils? Thanks.

Meena - May 21, 2021, 7:06 a.m.

Shall i take it that ground soy cannot be substituted? thanks

PUL Team - May 22, 2021, 4:45 a.m.

Hey there, Meena! Thank you for your patience as we're catching up on the website comments 🙂 Lentils can totally be enjoyed in place of the ground soy 🤗

Meena - May 22, 2021, 8:18 a.m.

hi Sadia,

Thank you so much for confirming. I appreciate your reply.

Meena


Laura - May 18, 2021, 9:59 p.m.

I made this recipe and added some extra spicy chili and prepped it for lunch for 4 days. This dish is very saturating and keeps the hunger away until the early evening! Also a very big thank you for the nutritional info! This helps me track my macro's which is important to me because i'm obese. I also downloaded your Staying Motivated printable pdf. Thank you so much for all this great information and making the info looking pretty and organised <3

PUL Team - May 22, 2021, 4:42 a.m.

It's definitely a filling one! So happy you're enjoying PUL content, Laura 😃


Ellen - May 17, 2021, 8:29 p.m.

This recipe really is my favorite! I do leave out the pasta and eat it with rice instead, which is also really good. I made it for my sister and brother in law yesterday, who are not very fond of vegan food. They loved it, even with the soy veggie ground. So you have 2 new fans!

PUL Team - May 22, 2021, 4:40 a.m.

Ooo thank you for the glowing review, Ellen! Having it with rice is a splendid idea 😃


Alexus - April 24, 2021, 10:11 a.m.

Soooooo good OMG! I added cumin to mine for an extra kick and it was the bomb!! All my family members went back for seconds:)

PUL Team - April 25, 2021, 1:05 a.m.

The biggest compliment, Alexus! Thank you :)


Dalia - April 14, 2021, 8:44 p.m.

I love this recipe so much; the flavours blend together so well! I really love this recipe with some vegan cheese. I really have to say, I would love more recipes like this. Also, as a Canadian, I am very proud by how often Sadia uses maple syrup lol. Thanks for the free delicious recipes:)

PUL Team - April 16, 2021, 6:59 p.m.

We're so happy you enjoyed the recipe, Dalia! As a fellow Canadian as well, I appreciate the maple syrup too 🤩


melanie - April 10, 2021, 1 a.m.

I have a really hard time eating vegetables and I’m also slowly becoming accustomed to cooking. When I saw this it looked so good I had to try it, and it is as good as it looks! I’m happy to have found something so wholesome and delicious.

PUL Team - April 10, 2021, 2:27 a.m.

Aww 😃 We're so glad you tried the macaroni chili and enjoyed it, Melanie!