Chili Pasta Bake and a Cooking Planit and T-Fal Giveaway!

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

In my last post I did a little demo of how to use the cool new Cooking Planit application.  This time I am going to talk a little about my experience using the T-Fal cookware that was sent for me to review and GIVEAWAY!  I made this awesome Chili Pasta Bake which is perfect for chilly weather that is right around the corner this fall.  YAY!  
First I drizzled a little canola oil in the skillet to get things going.  As you can see there is a thermo-spot in the middle…just watch...
Once the skillet gets hot, the little target in the middle disappears.  To the naked eye, it truly was gone but in this picture it still shows up a bit.  Awesome!
From there I added the onions and let them sauté a bit...
I then added the ground beef
And seasoned with a bit of salt
And plenty of black pepper. From here, let the meat cook until no longer pink.
Meanwhile, I brought the stock pot out and filled it with hot water.  How pretty is she!?
And how smart, it has the measurements inside of the pot!  Awesome!  I brought this to a boil and cooked my pasta--yeah I didn't take a picture of that but you can handle cooking pasta, right?
Once the ground beef was cooked, I added tomato sauce
And diced and fire roasted tomatoes with green chilis.  LOVE that stuff.
Gave it a quick stir
And added a few kidney beans.
Next came the seasoning, lots of chili powder
Cayenne powder
And a bit of water
Gave it a stir and let it bubble for a bit
I drained the noodles and added them back to the pot
I then added the chili mixture to the noodles 
And gave it a quick stir to combine.
After that, I poured everything into a 9x13 pan
And sprinkled with a three cheese mix.  I popped it in the oven for 30 minutes until it came out looking like...
Cheesy chili pasta goodness.
We topped ours with a  little sour cream and green onions, just like we like our favorite Perfect Chili.
This will definitely be a staple in the Schwartz Household this fall and winter!

Chili Pasta Bake

  • ½ Tablespoons Canola Or Vegetable Oil
  • 1 pound Ground Beef
  • 1 whole Onion, Chopped
  • 1 dash Salt
  • 1 dash Black Pepper
  • ½ pounds Cooked Pasta
  • 15 ounces, fluid Tomato Sauce
  • 14-½ ounces, weight Diced Tomatoes And Green Chilies
  • 15 ounces, weight Kidney Or Black Beans, Rinsed
  • 1-½ Tablespoon Chili Powder
  • 2 teaspoons Cumin
  • 3 dashes Cayenne Powder
  • ¼ cups Water
  • 2 cups Shredded Cheddar Cheese
  • ½ cups Sour Cream, For Topping
  • 4 Tablespoons Green Onions, Chopped

Start by preheating the oven to 350 degrees.
Drizzle the oil in a large skillet on medium high heat. Add the onions and sauté for about 3 minutes. Add the ground beef and season with salt and pepper. Cook until no longer pink.
While the ground beef is cooking, cook your pasta to firm al dente. Once cooked, drain and set aside for now.
After the ground beef is cooked, add the tomato sauce, diced tomatoes and green chiles, beans chili powder, cumin, cayenne and water. Give it a stir and let it simmer for about 5 minutes.
After 5 minutes, stir in the cooked pasta. Stir to combine.
Pour the chili pasta mixture into a 9×13 pan. Flatten out with a spatula and sprinkle with cheese. Place in the oven for 30 minutes or until the edges are bubbling and the cheese has fully melted.
Spoon into serving dishes and top with sour cream and green onions.


Isn't this cookware set just about the prettiest thing you have ever set your eyes on!?  Well, not only are they gorgeous, they are oven safe to 500 degrees, are dishwasher safe, have a limited lifetime warrantee  and have a stainless steel interior!  I have to say, I also made eggs the other day in the skillet and wow, that baby cooked my eggs to perfection cleaned like nothing! 

So, after all of that, have I convinced you that this cookware is awesome?  Well good, because you can WIN it! Use the Rafflecopter widget below and let me know if you have any questions!  

You will need to create a Cooking Planit account to enter and your an do so by going here.  Or you can download the FREE or for purchase app by going to the app store on your phone.  

The giveaway started on August 19th and goes until August 25th.  I will be announcing the big winner on Monday, August 26th.  If you don't win on my blog, please check out the other 49 bloggers who are participating below:  


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8/20/138/26/13CopyKat RecipesDaily Dish Recipes
8/21/138/27/13Lisa CookingLark’s Country Heart
8/22/138/28/13ME RedoneHot Eats and Cool Reads
8/23/138/29/13Mother Would KnowThe Two Bite Club
8/24/138/30/13SophistisheCitron Limette
8/25/138/31/13Kitchen ConcoctionsCupcakes and Kale Chips
8/26/139/1/13I Can Cook ThatLeave a Happy Plate
8/27/139/2/13Peaches & Cakei love my disorganized life
8/28/139/3/13Diddles & DumplingsYates Yummies
8/29/139/4/13basilmommaCooking With Libby
8/30/139/5/13Persnickety PlatesCreole Contessa
8/31/139/6/13Ancestral ChefBite Sized Blog
9/1/139/7/13The Staten Island FamilyMamal Diane
9/2/139/8/13Food FashRecipes For My Boys
9/3/139/9/13The Wicked NoodleHungry Little Girl
9/4/139/10/13Unorganized Mommy of 3The Tasty Fork
9/5/139/11/13Yi ReservationDixie Chik Cooks
9/6/139/12/13Chicago Foodie SistersThe Fountain Avenue Kitchen
9/7/139/13/13Cooking from a SAHMFoodThoughtsOfaChefWannabe
9/8/139/14/13Bobbi’s Kozy KitchenRants from My Crazy Kitchen
9/9/139/15/13What Jew Wanna EatSumptuous Spoonfuls
9/10/139/16/13The Mama ReportBusy Mom of Two
9/11/139/17/13CulicuriousHuppie Mama
9/12/139/18/13Three Diets. One Dinner.Spice’s Bites

  • FINE PRINT: Contests open to US only. Limit one winner per household/per family from the 50 blogs participating in the promotion. Individuals winning more than one giveaway will receive 1 set of cookware and the other winning entries will be disqualified and an alternate winner will be chosen. 

I was given a set of T-Fal pans as a promotion to try before giving a set away.  Please know that all of the opinions are my own, as always, you cannot buy my love baby. 


  1. This may sound weird, but I'm making pasta tonight and I just saw a great recipe for garlic bread, so I'm going to try that!

  2. I would make Grandma Rose's Meatballs first

  3. I left a comment yesterday, but it doesn't show here. Who knows?? Anyway, I want to try the Carrot Salad with Garlic and Dried Cherries!

  4. I'd like to try the Braised Chicken Thighs with Basil and Kalamata Olives

  5. I would try the Go Greek recipe

    Recipes included in this meal: ◦Orzo Salad with Three Peppers and Olives
    ◦Turkey Burgers with Lemon-Dill Yogurt
    ◦Cucumber, Tomato and Feta Salad with Oregano Vinaigrette

  6. I would love to try the Crab Cakes with Lemon Mayo

  7. I would love to try the Vegan Veg-out meal!

  8. I'd like to make their Jalapeno Surf and Turf.

  9. The zucchini and chickpea lasagna look yummy, and does not look labor intensive.

  10. I would make the Parmesan-Baked Chicken Drumsticks.

  11. I want to try the chili pasta bake you made. Looks good.

  12. I would like to try the pecan crusted chicken.

    I cant find you on instgram. Anyone else having problems with this? :(

    1. Hi Megan! I don't know why Instagram is being so difficult! If you still want to follow me and earn another entry, here is the web version of Instagram

  13. Wow!!! This recipe looks fantastic!!!!!!!! I am going to pin it!!!!

  14. I think I'll be making Chicken Pot Pie from Cooking Planit. This recipe looks good and my husband LOVES Chicken Pot Pie.

  15. The kids friendly chicken tenders.

  16. Pea and Ricotta Pasta sounds delicious for this hot and steamy day

  17. Thanks Mrs Schwartz! I am now following you on Instagram!!! :) I'm @Meganscookin

  18. What temperature do you put the oven at?

  19. (Video) How To Cook The Perfect Pasta - Gordon Ramsay

  20. I am a chef learner and search the different types of blogs and you are really a smart chef... Thanks for share and keep it up. Chef Education

  21. My wife sent this to me via pintrest. I used a variety of cast iron and Pampered Chef stoneware (particularly the large bar pan). I also used different Pampered Chef items for the food prep. The food looks delicious and when it comes out of the overall in 15 minutes will taste wonderful!

  22. This was really an interesting topic and I kinda agree with what you have mentioned here!


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