Slow Cooked Chili Mac

Slow Cooked Chili Mac

Slow Cooked Chili Mac

This recipe, Slow Cooked Chili Mac.  This slow-cooked chili adds macaroni pasta for a twist on an old favorite.


Slow Cooked Chili Mac Recipe


Slow Cooked Chili Mac

1 ¼ lb. lean ground beef

14 ½ oz. canned unsalted diced tomatoes, drained

1 cup fresh chopped onion

1 medium garlic clove, minced

1 Tbsp. chili powder

½ tsp. salt

½ tsp. ground cumin

½ tsp. oregano leaves, dried

¼ tsp. black pepper

¼  tsp. oregano leaves, dried

¼ tsp. hot red pepper flakes

2 cups pasta, macaroni, whole wheat, cooked


Crumble ground beef into slow cooker.  Add remaining ingredients, except, except macaroni to slow cooker.  Cover and cook on low 4 hours.  Stir in cooked macaroni.  Cover and cook on low 1 additional hour.           6 servings


(Recipe for Slow Cooked Chili Mac, Diabetic Connect, 2015)


Turkey Sausage and Arugula Pasta

Turkey Sausage and Arugula

Turkey Sausage and Arugula


This recipe, Turkey Sausage and Arugula Pasta is from Diabetic Connect.  The cheese in this dish is the key to the balance of flavors.  For the biggest impact, make sure to use imported Italian cheese.

Turkey Sausage and Arugula Pasta Recipe


Turkey Sausage and Arugula Pasta

12 oz. whole-wheat short pasta, such as shells or twists

8 oz. hot Italian turkey sausage links, removed from casings

3 cloves garlic, chopped

8 cups arugula or baby spinach

2 cups halved cherry tomatoes

½ cup finely shredded Pecorino Romano or Parmesan cheese, plus more to taste

1 tsp. freshly ground pepper

¼ tsp. salt

1 Tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil


Bring a large pot of water to a boil.  Cook pasta until just tender, 9 to 11 minutes, or according to package directions.

Meanwhile, cook sausage in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat, breaking it up into small pieces with a wooden spoon, until cooked through, about 5 minutes.  Stir in garlic, arugula (or spinach) and tomatoes.  Cook, stirring often, until the greens wilt and the tomatoes begin to break down, about 3 minutes.  Remove from heat; cover and keep warm.

Combine ½ cup cheese, pepper and salt in a large bowl.  Measure out ½ cup of cooking liquid; drain the pasta.  Whisk the cooking liquid and oil into the cheese mixture; add the pasta and toss to combine.  Serve the pasta topped with the sausage mixture and an extra sprinkle of cheese, if desired.


(Recipe for Turkey Sausage and Arugula Pasta came from Diabetic Connect, 2014)