Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Tipsy Tuesday

Morning. Every Tuesday I am going to give you a tip of some sort. This tip is one of my favorites. Tonight you will be making pasta so I want you to cook the whole box or bag of pasta even though you will not use it all for tonight. What you do not use you are going to put in a freezer bag for the next time. I do not oil my pasta when I cook it cause I find that the sauce does not stick to the pasta as well but I do put a bit of salt in it for cooking. Now when it is time to use the frozen pasta you are going to boil your kettle and then put the pasta in a colander or strainer in the sink and pour your boiled water overtop and Voila you have a cooked pasta . Remember to always read the recipe in full first cause at the end I might give you a quick and easier way for you to prepare the meal.
Recipe for tonight is

Chicken Tetrazzini

3.5 oz uncooked spaghetti, broken into thirds
1 cup Green Giant frozen peas (from 1-lb bag)
2 tablespoons butter or margarine
2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon pepper
1/2 cup chicken broth (from carton or chicken broth soup)
1/2 cup whipping cream
1 tablespoon water
1 cup cubed up chicken that you cooked last night. If need be you can use a deli rotisserie chicken (from 2- to 2 1/2-lb chicken) or pan fry or bake a couple of chicken breasts then once cooked cut in cubes
1 can drained canned sliced mushrooms or sliced fresh mushrooms
1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese

1 Heat oven to 350°F. Cook and drain spaghetti as directed on package, adding peas during last 3 minutes of cooking.
2 Meanwhile, in 2-quart saucepan, melt butter over low heat. Stir in flour, salt and pepper. Cook, stirring constantly, until mixture is smooth and bubbly; remove from heat.
3 Stir in broth and whipping cream. Heat to boiling, stirring constantly. Boil and stir 1 minute. then add spaghetti and peas, chicken and mushrooms.
4 Into ungreased 8-inch square baking dish, pour spaghetti mixture. Sprinkle with cheese. Bake uncovered about 30 minutes or until bubbly in center.

Now if you do not want to make your own sauce you can always buy one of the prepared cream sauce or a jar of Alfredo sauce. I do like to make my own but what ever is easier for you. If this is what you want to do you eliminate step 2 and the first part of stop 3 and just add the other ingredients to the sauce that you buy. I just want you to enjoy cooking first, then as you realize that it is easy to cook then you can make your own sauce.

Tomorrow is Slow Cooker Wednesday so I will give you your homework that you have to do tonight. You will have to prep what you are going to put in the crockpot in the morning....Give me a couple of hours to get it ready and then check back to see what you are cooking and what you will need....

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