ONE POT Chili Mac and Cheese is super quick and easy, hearty, comforting and just plain DELICIOUS and on your table in under 30 Minutes! Chili Mac & Cheese is your grown-up version of hamburger helper that tastes 1000X better! It's a comforting new family favorite that can’t be beat in taste, comfort or convenience! And did I say one pot already?!
Heat a Dutch oven medium high heat. Add meat and onions and season with salt and pepper. Cook until meat is browned, breaking up meat as it cooks.
Add bell pepper and garlic and sauté 1 minute. Stir in crushed tomatoes, diced tomatoes, kidney beans, liquid smoke, sugar, and all seasonings. Stir in chicken broth and pasta.
Cover, and bring to a simmer for 8 minutes, stirring occasionally and replacing the lid. After 8 minutes, remove lid and continue to simmer approximately 5 minutes, stirring often, just until the pasta is al dente. Taste pasta often as reaches the end of cooking to ensure you don’t overcook your pasta.
Turn stove off but leave pot on the burner. Stir in the cream cheese until melted followed by 1 cup cheddar until melted. Taste and season with salt and pepper to taste (I like more salt). You can add more cheese if you wish - it can be as cheesy or as minimal as you choose!
Top the pasta evenly with remaining 1/2 cup cheddar. Replace lid until cheese is melted, about 2 minutes. Garnish with fresh parsley and serve with sour cream. if desired.