Creamy Sausage Alfredo

pasta

Do you ever see commercials and think “gee that looks good, let’s try to make it”? Well, apparently all our meals are coming from TV this week, since that is what also happened with the Bruschetta chicken! This was based on a Hillshire Farm recipe we saw on TV this week. Once again not the healthiest, but I liked making the sauce instead of using a jarred sauce to control the ingredients!  This is one of those recipes that could be modified (more veggies, different spices, turkey sausage) to add flavor or lighten it up.

Creamy Sausage Alfredo

  • 8 oz. Rotini
  • 1 14 oz package smoked sausage cut into 1/4 inch rounds
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 cup frozen peas
  • 1/2 tsp paprika
  • 1 tsp garlic salt
  • 1/2 tsp chili powder
  • 1/2 tsp season salt
  • green onions to garnish (optional)
  1. Prepare pasta according to package.  With 3 or 4 minutes left, throw in peas.  Drain when done and set aside
  2. Saute sausage over medium-medium high heat until brown. If overly greasy, blot some of the excess off the pan with a paper towel.
  3. Add milk, cream and seasonings to sausage and bring to boil reduce heat and simmer for around 5 minutes until sauce starts to thicken up.  Add parmesan cheese and stir to combine.
  4. Add pasta and pea mix.  Toss everything to combine and reheat pasta.  Garnish with green onions.

This was good reheated the next day at work as well!

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Day one and Dinner

One of our biggest stumbling blocks is going out to eat.  Fast food, pizza, Buffalo Wild Wings…you get the picture.  Our bodies and our bank account are suffering.  We do cook at home, but it is very very easy to talk us out of it and into grabbing something else.

Our initial goal is to really make the effort to eat at home.  We want to eat healthy, and we will try, but also realize that even if a meal is only semi-homemade, it’s probably cheaper and better for you than going out to eat.

This meal is definitely in the semi-homemade category (thanks Sandra Lee), but had some fresh ingredients.  Little DMac shoveled it in his mouth (with his hands of course!) so it got the toddler seal of approval. As we find meals and recipes that work, we want to share them so we won’t forget!

Bruschetta Chicken and Rice

imageAdapted from Knorr

  • 1 pound chicken breast chopped into cubes
  • olive oil, drizzle around pan
  • garlic salt to taste
  • 1 package Knorr Rice Sides, Creamy Chicken Flavor
  • 1 can diced tomatoes, italian style
  • 5 or 6 leaves of fresh basil, chopped
  • 1/2 cup mozzarella cheese
  1. Heat olive oil in a skillet, cook chicken seasoned with garlic salt until chicken is no longer pink in center and slightly browned.
  2. Set chicken aside and add rice mix and 2 cups water to chicken pan.  Bring to boil, reduce heat and simmer for 7 minutes, covered.
  3. Drain excess liquid from tomatoes, and add to dish along with chicken.
  4.  Add mozzarella and cover for a few minutes to allow everything to heat up and mozzarella to melt.  Sprinkle basil on top and enjoy!

Please excuse the picture quality, we are working with Kindle and smart phone cameras!

What’s your favorite go-to dinner?