Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Thrifty Thursday

...meals for $10 or less for a family of four. If you would like to participate in Thrifty Thursday on your blog just write a post and link back to my blog in your post. Then, go to the bottom of this post and enter your information and link to your post so that we can read about your yummy, thrifty recipe!

Easy, YUMMY, and cheap chicken pasta with cream sauce:

3/4 cup heavy cream
2 tbsp unsalted butter
1/2 tsp kosher salt
1 garlic clove crushed (Take the clove and whack it with a knife then remove the skin. Don't chop the garlic...just through it in the pot.)
1/4 tsp freshly grated nutmeg (Freshly grated tastes so different from ground. I am a little obsessed with freshly grated. You can find it at most specialty grocers...Fresh Market, Whole Foods, etc. Click here to read more about it.)
2 tbsp fresh Italian parsley
1/3 cup grated parmesan cheese
1 pound pasta (linguine or capellini)
1-2 pounds split chicken breast (roasted, meat pulled from the bones, then chopped...see Menu Planning Monday for directions)

Bring a large pot of water to a boil (for the pasta). In a small skillet or saucepan, combine heavy cream, butter, salt, and garlic over medium high heat. Bring to a simmer and cook, stirring, until thick enough to coat the back of a spoon (about 4 minutes). While the cream sauce is thickening, drop the pasta and cook according to package directions for al dente pasta. After the cream sauce is thick enough to coat a spoon, remove the garlic clove and add the nutmeg. Stir in the Italian parsley and remove from heat. Add the parmesan cheese while tossing with pasta. Top with chopped chicken breasts and serve.

This cream sauce is so yummy and so easy! It is also a very inexpensive meal. This meal costs around $7.67 for a family of four!


Jessi Hacker said...

oh this sounds delicious!!!! Can't wait to try it!

Brie said...

We made this recipe a couple of days ago. My whole family absolutely loved it and were asking for more! AMAZING!

Talia said...

Yay yay yay! I'm so glad that you all like it! This really made my day, sis.

I actually made it again tonight only instead of chicken I used sausage (cause it is cheaper). I added a half lb of sausage and half an onion to melted butter. Then, after the sausage was no longer pink, I added the rest of the ingredients.

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