Anyone else feel like they’re in the middle of a baby boom? I feel like there are a lot of new, little people in my life lately. And — in what I hope is a weird coincidence and not the set-up for some sort of apocalyptic world where the human race dies out — they’re all lovely little ladies. Seriously. Friends, family, even random Facebook-acquaintances — they’re all having girls. I hope someone out there is having a boy or two. We can’t expect Princess Kate do everything.
With the arrival of so many new baby girls, I’ve been on the lookout for great freezer meals to take over to new parents. I think I like the idea of taking over a homemade meal that’s been frozen (as opposed to something piping hot) — that way the new parents can heat it up on a night that’s most convenient for them.
One unexpected ally in my quest for new-baby-meals? PINTEREST! If the new mom or dad has a Pinterest board for recipes — boom! Find a good freezer meal on the list, and you’re in business. It’s nice to bring over something you know they’ll like.
This meal comes from exactly such a place — the Pinterest board of some new parents in my life. I made a little extra for us before I ran it over, so I can promise you it’s delish!
ONE-POT CHILI MAC & CHEESE (recipe from Damn Delicious)
1 tbsp olive oil
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 onion, diced
8 oz lean ground beef
4 cups chicken broth
1 14.5-oz can diced tomatoes (undrained)
3/4 cup canned white beans, drained and rinsed
3/4 cup canned kidney beans, drained and rinsed
2 tsp chili powder (or more to taste)
2 tsp cumin (or more to taste)
salt and pepper to taste
10 oz elbow pasta or other short pasta
1 cup shredded cheddar cheese, plus more for topping
handful chopped fresh parsley (optional)
1. Heat olive oil in large stock pot or Dutch oven over medium high heat. Add garlic, onion, and ground beef; cook until browned. Drain excess fat and return beef and veggies to skillet.
2. Stir in chicken broth, tomatoes, beans, chili powder, and cumin. Season to taste with salt and pepper, then bring to a simmer and stir in pasta. Bring to boiling, cover, reduce heat, and simmer until pasta is cooked through (13-15 minutes).
3. When pasta is cooked through, remove from heat. Stir in cheese and parsley; serve warm.