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Cincinnati-Style Veggie Chili Bake (Family-Style)

Cincinnati-Style Veggie Chili Bake (Family-Style)
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Prep Time: 12 min Serves: 4
Cooking Time: 155 min Yield: 8 cups
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In Ohio, Cincinnati chili is popular. It’s basically a uniquely spiced, meaty chili served over spaghetti, then topped as you like with Cheddar cheese, beans and onions.

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Directions

1. Prepare pasta in salted water according to package directions until al dente. Drain, reserving 1/2 cup of the cooking liquid. Rinse the pasta under cold water and drain again.

2. Meanwhile, stir together the chili, vinegar, cinnamon, cocoa powder, and allspice in a medium bowl. Then stir in the reserved 1/2 cup pasta cooking liquid.

3. Layer in a 2-quart baking dish, in order, half each of the pasta, chili (at room temperature), Cheddar cheese (or vegan cheese), and onion; repeat. Fully cover baking dish with aluminum foil (from top to bottom and bottom to top) and freeze.

4. To enjoy, keep well wrapped with foil and bake the frozen pasta dish in a 400°F oven until just heated through, about 2 hours 15 minutes. Remove foil and bake until cheese is golden and a top is slightly crisp, about 10 minutes more. (Hint: If desired, sprinkle with fresh cilantro at the table and serve with hot pepper sauce.)

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