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Creamy Alfredo pasta – Budget friendly summer entrée

A low-cost stove-top entrée that can be prepared quickly, Creamy Alfredo pasta is delicious served with grilled scallops or barbequed chicken that has been basted with a rosemary, oil and balsamic vinegar glaze during grilling. Depending on the size of your family, you may also want to add a basket of fresh whole wheat crusty rolls or bread sticks. Accompany with a green salad and low-calorie dressing for a healthy menu. For additional vitamins and fiber try adding 1 cup of chopped broccoli or frozen green peas to the onions and tomatoes while sauteing.

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Creamy alfredo pasta

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Creamy Alfredo Pasta

  • 340 gram package broad egg noodles
  • 1 medium sized jar Alfredo pasta sauce (410 ml jar of Classico Alfredo and Roasted Garlic)
  • 8 to 10 mini tomatoes (try orange, red, or yellow - or a combination of all three), cut in half
  • 8 to 10 button mushrooms, sliced
  • 3 green onions, sliced
  • ½ cup sliced onion
  • ½ teaspoon dried basil
  • ½ teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • 1 clove of garlic, sliced
  • Parmesan cheese (optional garnish)
  • 1 sliced green onion (optional garnish)
  • fresh parsley (optional garnish)

In large saucepan, cook pasta al dente according to package directions (approximately 6 minutes). Drain pasta and return to covered saucepan (keeping warm). Meanwhile, sauté onions, tomatoes and mushrooms on medium low heat for about 5 to 10 minutes until tomatoes are soft and onions are a light golden brown on edges. Add sauce, green onions, seasonings and garlic. Continue to heat gently on medium low until heated through but do not bring to a full boil, the sauce may separate.

Place a serving of pasta on each individual plate and top with sauce. You may garnish with additional fresh sliced green onions, parsley and Parmesan cheese if desired.

Serves 4 to 5 people.

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