So excited to make this recipe tonight from Loves to Nom, Shelly! (adapted from Rachel Ray) This was soooo good, and Chad approved! We will be making this again & again ;) The red pepper flakes + the chili powder gave it a nice kick...yum yum!
Ingredients: ~Appx 4 cups pasta(we used Barilla Plus elbows) ~1 lb ground beef (we used ground turkey) ~4 tbsp grated onion (we used onion flakes) ~4 tsp worcesteshire sauce (we used a little more, I love it!) ~4 tbsp butter (we used light) ~3 tbsp flour (we used wheat flour) ~1 cup chicken stock ~2 cups half and half (we used fat free) ~1 tbsp dijon mustard ~2 1/2 cups shredded colby jack cheese (we used the Kraft 2% colby monterrey blend & only used 2 cups = 1 pkg.) ~salt & pepper to taste ~1/2 tsp. red pepper flakes ~4 dashes of chili powder ~Garnish: chopped dill pickles, diced tomatoes, or salsa (we omitted)
Boil a pot of water and add the pasta, cook per the box. Don't drain until the rest is ready. In a large skillet brown the meat. Add the onion and worcestershire then some salt and pepper. When fully cooked, remove to a paper plate and get rid of the grease. In the same skillet, over medium heat, melt the butter. Whisk in the flour and cook for a minute. Whisk in the half and half and the chicken stock. Bring to a bubble and cook for a few minutes until it thickens up. Stir in the dijon. Add the cheese and keep stirring until all melted into gooey goodness. Add more salt and pepper + the red pepper flakes & chili powder if desired. Drain the pasta and add to the sauce skillet along with the meat. Serve with the dill pickles and tomatoes/salsa if you wish.
According to Shelly's hubby, one should also add the special ingredient: Little Caesar's spice pack! We used 1/2 tsp. red pepper flakes + a few dashes of chili powder!
Makes enough for leftovers...cant wait to eat this tomorrow for lunch too!!
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