Today I am sharing a super quick way to get dinner on the table in lightening speed! This uses some of Rick’s Woodsman’s Chili: This is reminiscent of Cincinnati chili, but it is NOT Cincinnati chili as I have been harshly schooled in the past. This is just a simple way to stretch your dollar and your leftovers if you have a little. Chili Spaghetti is a great option for those busy nights when you don’t have time to cook a big meal or when you just come home exhausted and don’t know what to make. This is one of those dishes that everyone loves, is satisfying and homemade.
You can use whatever type of pasta you prefer here. We like angel hair, but you can use regular spaghetti, fettuccine or tubetelli. If you like a short cut pasta like rotini, rigatoni or farfalle, use that. Of course, macaroni is always easy too, if that is what you have. You are the master of your bowl!
I heated up a 2 quart container of Rick’s chili on the night we made this and boiled the pasta at the same time. In total this dinner took 20 minutes to get on the table. You can put on toppings of your choice. We love cheese, onions and a dollop of sour cream. You can use whatever you prefer on your chili. Paired with a fresh salad and garlic bread this meal is comforting and delicious.
So far we have gotten over 10 meals from our 16 quarts of chili that we cooked last month. We accounted for 6 meals of plain chili, chili dogs, chili stuffed baked potatoes, chili taco salad, chili cornbread bake and now chili spaghetti. Plus we took 4 quarts to a church potluck and we still have three other meals we want to share! In total this one time, bulk cooking session of chili will end up feeding us as a family for 15 meals and we shared with church. I would say that is not a bad deal!
So many things can be cooked in bulk like this and used over time to prepare quick and delicious, homemade meals for your family. A little advance prep and pantry stocking will help you to always have what you need to make a meal on the fly. Being able to come up with a quick fix on a night when you don’t feel like cooking can be the difference between having a home cooked meal and having take out.
Everyone loves to eat out, but at the end of the month when you look at the budget, look at how much money you have spent on other people preparing your meals. Take a closer look at what you have eaten and you can see that you could have prepared a lot of meals for what you spent eating out. Time for us to get back to the habit of making sure that we can eat at home and teach our children how to cook as well! My girls are a huge help in the kitchen. Molly, especially will help me from time to time by cooking the evening meal. This serves two purposes. First, she gets experience in cooking and time a meal, second she is helping me to get other things done. A family needs to work as a team, if it doesn’t then how can it thrive for the good of the whole?
I hope you give chili spaghetti a try and I hope you love it!
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