Delicious restaurant quality tomato alfredo pasta made straight from your food storage?!! It's true!!
Hey guys! Welcome! So we are all super busy and have those days where you are like "what should I make for dinner??!l"
Well occasionally I like to share recipes (which is kind of a loose term here) on something easy and yummy I made!
So today I am sharing my recipe for tomato alfredo pasta which you can make OUT OF YOUR CUPBOARD!
I know how it is when your like oh crap we have nothing good in the fridge now what?! This is a great thing to keep in your food storage so you can have it ready to go anytime!
Let's get to it!
First, this seasoning packet. I found this one day in the seasoning/gravy section. It is so delicious!
Next Alfredo sauce- you could make it fresh (per package directions) and use cream and parmesan cheese. If you are in a pinch like me, I just grab a jar of Alfredo sauce. I like bertolli's but you can use whatever you like.
Next you need one regular sized can (not the large size) of diced Italian tomatoes. Again you can substitute fresh, but for ease this works perfect!
A box of your favorite pasta, penne, bow tie, gluten free, veggie, anything you want can work just fine!
2-4 chicken breasts. This is optional, If you are a vegetarian just skip this and add extra veggies like zucchini, broccoli or your personal favorites. I prefer the taste of fresh, but again frozen chicken in the freezer? Totally works and the sauce is so good it won't taste "frozen".
Alrighty so basically I defrost and cut up the chicken into peices. You can do bite sized or strips. I sauté those in a Large pan. You can add butter but I figure the alfredo is rich enough I just used olive oil spray. I brown the chicken then I let it simmer in some of the juice from the tomatoes for another 5 mins. (Or until cooked through)
Next I dump in the spice packet, entire jar of sauce, entire can of tomatoes and let that baby simmer simmer.
Are you seeing the easy yet??!!
About 15 mins there.
So while the chicken is cooking make sure you started the pasta cooking. Then when the pasta is al dente or almost cooked I add it too the sauce. (Hence why I said large sauté pan) and finish it in the sauce for about another five minutes. I did put a lid on at this point.
Seriously that's it.
So now for the commentary from my husband:
"This is so good I would pay money for this."
I responded by saying "well, technically you pay money for everything I make" with a big smirk of course!
He totally loved it, so did the kids and he really felt like this was something he would order in a restaurant. So much so so I caught him picking in the pan after I served everyone up!
Did I mention that this makes enough to feed a small army? Seriously for less than $10 you can make this meal and feed a large family. It fed my family of 4 for two nights.
Budget friendly? Yes! Quick and easy! Yes! Delicious? Yes!
The only draw back is that I'm sure it's not skimping on the calories but that's where you hide those extra veggies in there!
Hope you guys try this out sometime and enjoy it!
McCormick season for chicken penne
1 can diced Italian tomatoes, regular sized
1 jar Alfredo
1 box/ bag pasta (about 16 oz.)
2-4 chicken breasts
Other veggies as desired
(I'm not a measurer so if you need exact measurements you will hate this "recipie")