Quick, comforting chili mac filled with cheesy pasta, hearty beef, and tender vegetables
Add olive oil to a large pot over medium-high heat. Stir in onion, garlic, bell pepper, and carrots. Cook down until onion is translucent and garlic is fragrant (about 8 minutes).
Clear a space in the center of pan and add ground beef. Season with sea salt, black pepper, chili powder, and crushed red pepper then break up ground beef with spoon.
Cook ground beef until fully browned. Add broth, crushed tomato, pasta, and mushrooms and stir mixture a few times to combine.
Allow mixture to come a simmer (softly bubbling after about 5 minutes) then cover and lower heat to medium. Cook for 8-10 minutes or until past is al dente.
Remove pot from heat and stir in 1 cup of shredded cheddar cheese. Sauce should become thick and cheesy. Sprinkle remaining cheddar over top. Serve hot and consume carefully.