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Chili Mac ‘n’ Cheddar Soup


  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 large onion, diced
  • 1 pound ground turkey
  • 1 tablespoon ancho chili powder
  • 1 ½ teaspoons ground cumin (seeds)
  • 2 ½ cups milk
  • 14 ½-oz can chicken broth
  • 10 ¾ ounce can condensed cheddar cheese soup
  • 1 ½ cups uncooked elbow pasta
  • 1 ½ cups shredded sharp Cheddar cheese
  • Diced tomato, for garnish
  • Tortilla Chips, for garnish
Heat oil in a 5-quart soup pot over medium-high heat; add onion and sauté 4 minutes, until translucent. Crumble turkey into pot and cook, stirring for 4 minutes or until no longer pink. Stir in chili powder and cumin; cook, stirring, for 2 minutes.
Add milk and broth, then stir in condensed soup until dissolved; bring to a boil, reduce heat to low, cover, and simmer 3 minutes. Stir in pasta; continue to cook, covered, 5 minutes. Stir in cheese until melted and smooth. Remove from heat; let stand 5 minutes or until pasta is fully cooked.
Ladle soup into bowls and garnish with diced tomato and tortilla chips.Makes 8 servings
Total time : 35 minutes
Source : Redbook

After a very long, soggy day, I flopped in the door at 5:45 and had one of those moments when I was sorry there were children I was responsible for. Had it been me, a bowl of cereal would have sufficed. Yet there were these 4 growing boys totally dependent on me to stuff them full of good nutritious food to help them continue growing. My original plan had been to stop quick at the grocery store and pick up a frozen pizza. That was before I stepped outside and got pelted by needle sharp rain coming down sideways. There was no way I was making more trips in that then necessary. Homeward bound we were and I needed to make a dinner.

Flipping through my recipes for the week, I happened upon this simple little one. Thirty five minutes ’til done! That would put us on the table by 6:15! It was very easy to throw together. I do think this is one that would taste better with the ground beef, but the turkey was nice too (and healthier). I was a little unsure about the noodles, but they turned out fine and all of the times for cooking were spot on. It would have looked prettier with the tomatoes as garnish along with the tortillas, but it turns out the overabundance of tomatoes we had along with the Cajun Chowder were not in fact extras. They had been meant for this meal as well. They were gone and as I mentioned there was nothing short of disaster that was going to get me back out in that rain. So we went without. They would have made it much tastier though, so when you make yours, be sure you have those ‘maters!

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