Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Try-It Tuesday: One Pot Garlic Parmesan Pasta



Our friend Michelle told Lori about this recipe last week, and I happened to be looking for a meat-free dish to make on Good Friday, so it was perfect timing. Thanks, Michelle! I was excited for myriad reasons, one of them being I'm ALL ABOUT the one-pot meal. First of all, I'm lazy and don't want to clean four thousand dishes. I'm also not the world's best chef, and I have a two-year-old running around that makes it extremely difficult to concentrate on a complicated recipe. Making things as easy as possible is key when it comes to dinner, so the first time I tried a one-pot creation I was sold.

That being said, I'm pretty sure it would be nearly impossible to F-up this meal, unless you forgot it was cooking or didn't set the timer. My kind of recipe! It tastes like fettuccine alfredo, but not as heavy and unhealthy.




Recipe from Damn Delicious

Ingredients:

1 TBSP olive oil
4 cloves minced garlic
2 cups chicken broth
1 cup milk
2 TBSP unsalted butter
8 oz uncooked fettuccine (I used angel hair because we didn't have fettuccine ... and I wasn't going to the F'ing store)
Salt and pepper
1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese (The original recipe says "Freshly grated." I used the stuff in the can. Ain't nobody got time for that)
2 TBSP chopped fresh parsley leaves (I didn't bother with this)


Steps:

So this is ridiculously simple:

  • Pour the olive oil into the pan and let it heat up for a bit. Or like, 5 seconds if you're me.
  • Add garlic and let it cook for about 1-2 minutes, stirring frequently
  • Dump all of the rest of the ingredients, except for the parmesan cheese, into the pan. Seriously ... all of it. You might have to break the pasta in half to fit in the pan.
  • Cook it for 18-20 minutes, then pour cheese on top. DONE. No straining required! 


The verdict: F-YEAH! 

This was quick, easy and affordable, plus there was hardly any cleanup required ... and it was definitely toddler-approved. "Noodles!" The only downside is I didn't think it was super filling, probably due to the lack of meat in it. It ticked all the boxes for a meatless dinner, though. Next time, I'll serve this with a rotisserie chicken for a super easy weeknight meal.

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