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Cheddar Chili Cornbread Pasta Bake I howsweeteats.com

Back with more chili. Hope you’re not sick of it yet.

Cheddar Chili Cornbread Pasta Bake I howsweeteats.com

Actually, scratch that.

I do hope you’re sick of it. Because this is the perfect recipe to change up your leftovers. It was completely spontaneous and happened at nearly 8 o’clock at night.

Cheddar Chili Cornbread Pasta Bake I howsweeteats.com

For some reason, this tasted so good to me that I ended up eating a bowl for breakfast the next day. I love me some chili, but the thought of one more steaming bowl this week had my appetite flying out the window. This was perfectly comforting and a great way to use up what I didn’t freeze. And I didn’t know if it was possible, but all of that meat got even more tender after baking.

Cheddar Chili Cornbread Pasta Bake I howsweeteats.com

Okay. No more chili.

Cheddar Chili Cornbread Pasta Bake I howsweeteats.com

Cheddar Chili Cornbread Pasta Bake

serves 4-6

1 1/2 cups uncooked whole wheat elbow noodles

3/4 cup freshly grated cheddar cheese

2 1/2 – 3 cups of leftover chili

1 batch of your favorite cornbread

Preheat oven to 425 degrees F.

Boil water and prepare pasta according to directions, shaving 1-2 minutes off the cooking time since the noodles are going into the oven. While the pasta is boiling, mix up a batch of your favorite cornbread and grate cheese. Drain pasta.

Spray an 8×8 baking dish with non-stick spray. Add pasta to the bottom of the dish, then layer on the cheese and chili. Top with your cornbread batter, spreading gently with a spoon. Don’t worry if it doesn’t reach the edges.

Bake for 30-35 minutes, or until cornbread is golden on top and cooked underneath. I used a spoon to lift up the cornbread to make sure it was cooked. Serve immediately. Leftovers are delicious for 3-4 days.

Note: depending on what cornbread mixture you use, your cooking time may differ. Just make sure to check it after 30 minutes or so. The cooking time will increase for the bread since it has “wet” layers underneath.

Cheddar Chili Cornbread Pasta Bake I howsweeteats.com

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89 Responses to “Cheddar Chili Cornbread Pasta Bake. {Dinner Tomorrow.}”

  1. #
    Amy — September 19, 2011 @ 7:05 pm

    OH MY GOSH YUM!!!!!! I bet my hubby would love this. He will not be happy with chili w/o cornbread!


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    Tina @ My Life as a Mrs — September 19, 2011 @ 7:38 pm

    oh. my. word. Just catching up on my google reader and saw this pop up. HOLY COW… girl, I wish we were neighbors! :)


  3. #
    Ashley — September 20, 2011 @ 5:10 pm

    OH hi…yeah, just me, here to tell you I’m making chili for company we’re having tonight. But really…I’m making chili to use the leftovers for this recipe. Thursday is going to be delicious.


    • Jessica — September 20th, 2011 @ 7:14 pm

      Yessss. :)


  4. #
    Jenn — September 20, 2011 @ 6:00 pm

    Oh my! I have chili going in the crock pot right now and was not excited about it…then I saw this! My husband is going to love this! Thanks girl!


  5. #
    Christine @ Oatmeal in my Bowl — September 21, 2011 @ 1:33 pm

    I am thinking my aunt’s jalapeno cornbread recipe will do just awesome with this recipe and my 3-bean vegetarian chili. Delish!


  6. #
    linzo — September 21, 2011 @ 2:27 pm

    Just sent my mom this as she has a pot of leftover chili just sitting in her frig. Thanks!


  7. #
    Coryn — September 23, 2011 @ 10:19 am

    I made this last night with our leftover chili. It was a little dry; I think because it had SO much starch. Next time I’ll probably only do the cornbread or the pasta, not both. I really like the premise though and look forward to trying it again!


    • Jessica — September 23rd, 2011 @ 10:57 am

      Coryn – maybe try adding more chili next time if you want to keep both?? Ours wasn’t dry at all mostly because the chili sank into the pasta and then there was still some on top. Let me know if you try it again. :)


  8. #
    Karen — September 25, 2011 @ 3:19 pm

    Oh man… I have some leftover chili in the fridge and I was thinking “eat it tonight or throw it out tomorrow” LOL Chili mac occurred to me… but didn’t sound that exciting. This does, tho…. and I already have everything I need in the pantry or fridge!

    Thanks for the great idea and recipe, Jessica.


  9. #
    Sali — September 26, 2011 @ 7:24 am

    Sounds delicious! Thank so much Jessica for great recipe. I can’t wait to try it myself.


  10. #
    Myra — September 28, 2011 @ 12:16 am

    Just made this and we love it! Thank you!


  11. #
    Clea — October 5, 2011 @ 7:50 pm

    I just made this and loved it, too! I might use a little more broth in my chili or something next time as it turned out a little dry as well. I used gouda cheese and israeli couscous….yum.


  12. #
    Tiffiny — October 20, 2011 @ 8:25 pm

    what’s not to love with this meal! pasta, cheese, chili, and cornbread?!? yummy in my tummy!


  13. #
    Jazzy — March 21, 2012 @ 8:04 am

    Oh my goodness! I want to try this! Do u have a chilli no bean recipe?. My husband can’t have beans and I got a real picky 5-year old who doesn’t touch beans at all.


  14. #
    Kelleigh Broyles-Reiner — August 10, 2012 @ 8:43 am

    I was searching for something fantastic to do with my leftover chili ( we’ve been eating on it all week!)
    and I came accross this recipe!

    We decided to try it last night and it was amazing!!!!! I wish I had made a double batch, it was so good. The only thing I did different was I added some fresh green onions on top and sprinkled it with some more cheese before popping it in the oven. This will definitely be a repeat at my house!

    Thanks for sharing!


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    Brittany — October 11, 2012 @ 11:20 pm

    Tried this tonight and loved it! My family thought it was too sweet with the cornbread so next time I’ll probably make some sort of dumpling on top. They said to use bisquick (gag) but I’ll think of something!



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