Wednesday, September 26, 2012
Cheap-O Broccoli Fettuccine Alfredo
1 lb dry fettuccine (or other pasta you have on hand)
16 oz frozen broccoli florets
1 clove garlic, minced
4 tablespoons butter
4 tablespoons flour
3 cups milk
1 cup grated parmesan
1/8 teaspoon nutmeg
salt and pepper to taste
Boil pasta according to package directions. During last 5 minutes of boiling add frozen broccoli. Set aside 1/2 cup of pasta water and drain. Add drained pasta and broccoli bake to the cooking pot, put the lid on and set aside while you make the sauce.
Melt butter in a large saucepan. Add garlic and cook for 30 seconds. Add flour and whisk for about 2 minutes (just to give a little color to the roux). Whisk in the milk and cook, stirring, until it comes to a simmer and thickens. Remove from heat and add grated parmesan and nutmeg. Add this sauce to the pasta and broccoli in the pot and stir. Taste and season liberally with salt and pepper. Add reserved pasta water as need to give the sauce your desired consistency. Check seasoning before serving and serve with additional parmesan on top.
Friday, September 21, 2012
Crockpot Cheesy Chicken and Rice
4 boneless skinless chicken breasts (frozen is fine)
1 large onion, chopped
1, 8oz box Zataran's Yellow Rice Mix, cooked according to package directions
1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
2 cans cream of chicken soup
1, 15 oz can corn, drained
Place chicken (fresh or frozen) in the bottom of slow cooker. Scatter chopped onions over the top. Spoon soups over that. Cover and cook on low for 6 hours. Break up chicken with a fork, add cooked rice, cheese, and corn. Stir, heat through, and serve.