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Chili over Noodles

I love chili and pasta so there really is nothing better than mixing them together and eating them on a cold winter night. 

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If you have zero ingredients then this recipe will cost about $13.83 as of August 2022. 

  • If you have a fully stocked pantry this recipe will cost about $7.67.

I am assuming you have salt and pepper and do not add it into the recipe total cost.

Recipe serves: 4

Serving size: 1 cup chili and 1/2 cup noodles

Equipment needed: 1 pot for pasta and 1 Dutch oven

Cook time: 30 minutes


Let's grocery shop!

I am assuming you have salt and pepper. It is not included in pantry and spices. If you have a fully stocked pantry you will have a savings of about $6.16.

Pantry & Spices

Total: $6.16 as of August 2022

  • chili powder $1.00
  • ground cumin $1.28
  • dried oregano $1.00
  • olive oil $2.88


Total: $7.67 as of August 2022

  • 1 onion $0.60
  • 1 garlic bulb $0.54
  • 8 oz shell or elbow pasta $0.92
  • 1 medium green pepper $0.78
  • 1 can diced tomatoes 14.5 oz $0.88
  • 1 can tomato sauce 15 oz $0.88
  • 1 can tomato paste 6 oz $0.76
  • 1 can red beans 14.5 oz $0.78
  • 1 jalapeno $0.37
  • 1 sour cream 8 oz $1.16

Let's prep!

Let's cook!

  1. In a Dutch oven heat 1.5 teaspoons of olive oil.
  2. Sauté vegetables until tender.
  3. Add garlic for 1 minute
  4. Add and bring to boil:
    • Seasonings
    • diced tomatoes
    • tomato sauce
    • tomato paste
    • red beans
  5. Reduce heat to medium low stirring occasionally for 20 minutes. 
  6. Bring a pot of water to boil and cook 8 ounces of pasta to package directions. 
  7. Serve chili over pasta with sour cream. Enjoy!

This recipe can also be found in Extreme Menu 2 – Family of 2

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