Zucchini Alfredo (Tis the season)

So my next few posts will probably involve a lot of zucchini. The wonderful thing about zucchini is it is very versatile and when it’s in season, there is a ton of it! So this recipe is a spin off my traditional fettuccine alfredo, but the idea came once again from allrecipes.com. Since our diet has been lacking in protein, we also made Garlic Cheddar Chicken. Here are both recipes!

Zucchini Alfredo

Ingredients

1 (12 ounce) package uncooked egg noodles

3 tablespoons vegetable oil

2 cloves garlic, minced

4 cups shredded zucchini

1/2 cup milk

4 ounces cream cheese, cubed

1/2 cup chopped fresh basil

salt and pepper to taste

grated Parmesan cheese (optional)

Directions

  1. Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Add egg noodles and cook for 8 to 10 minutes or until al dente; drain.
  2. Heat the oil in a skillet over medium heat. Stir in garlic, and cook 2 minutes. Mix in zucchini, and cook 10 minutes, until some of the moisture has evaporated.
  3. Pour the milk into the skillet, and stir in cream cheese until melted. Mix in basil. Season with salt and pepper, and sprinkle with Parmesan cheese. Serve over the cooked pasta.

Garlic Cheddar Chicken

Ingredients

  •  1/2 cup butter
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 3/4 cup dry bread crumbs
  • 1/2 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 1/2 cups shredded Cheddar cheese
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried parsley
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 8 skinless, boneless chicken breast halves – pounded thin

Directions

  1.  Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
  2.  Melt the butter in a saucepan over low heat, and cook the garlic until tender, about 5 minutes.
  3.  In a shallow bowl, mix the bread crumbs, Parmesan cheese, Cheddar cheese, parsley, oregano, pepper, and salt.
  4.  Dip each chicken breast in the garlic butter to coat, then press into the bread crumb mixture. Arrange the coated chicken breasts in a 9×13 inch baking dish. Drizzle with any remaining butter and top with any remaining bread crumb mixture.
  5.  Bake 30 minutes in the preheated oven, or until chicken is no longer pink and juices run clear.

I made a few adjustments as usual, adding some Italian Seasoning, oregano, onion powder, and parmesan cheese to the alfredo. We also normally halve the chicken recipe, since we are two people and as much as I love this chicken, I don’t want to eat it for a week straight! Enjoy!

Chicken Parmesan Alfredo with a Twist

Here is a wonderful thing that is not completely homemade but oh-so-easy and wonderful to make. Chicken Parmesan Alfredo with a little help from my good friend Ragu. They make this decent Alfredo sauce-in-a-jar so I decided to steer away from the usual Fettuccine Alfredo (it’s ok I haven’t lost my sanity). I looked on Ragu’s website and Tada! There was this wonderfully simple recipe right there. Here ya go!

Ingredients

  • 4 boneless, skinless chicken breast halves (about 1-1/4 lbs.)
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 3/4 cup Italian seasoned dry bread crumbs
  • 1/4 tsp. paprika (optional)
  • 1 jar (16 oz.) Ragu® Cheesy Classic Alfredo Sauce
  • 1/2 cup shredded mozzarella cheese (about 2 oz.)

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 400°. Dip chicken in egg, then bread crumbs combined with paprika, coating well.
  2. Arrange chicken in 13 x 9-inch baking dish. Bake uncovered 20 minutes.
  3. Pour 1 cup Ragu® Cheesy Classic Alfredo Sauce over chicken; top with cheese, then tomato. Bake an additional 10 minutes or until chicken is thoroughly cooked. Serve with remaining Sauce, heated, and sprinkle, if desired, with grated Parmesan cheese.

Ok so I left out the tomato (shocker I know). But I did add in this wonderful new pasta I found: it includes a whole serving of veggies with every serving of pasta!! What an awesome idea right?!?!?! If only my mother knew about this when I was growing up, there would have been no struggle to get me to eat my veggies! So instead of serving it with the remaining sauce, I cooked up some of these noodles and added the sauce to them.

Oh and that tasty looking bread you see there? It’s my secret recipe garlic bread. Let’s just say it’s amazing and you can’t just eat one piece.

Krista’s Chicken Pasta Bake with Cheesy Sauce

This is one of those nights that I’m really craving some comfort food. My comfort food consists of a pasta dish of any sort. My favorite past of choice is fettuccine. So when I opened my pantry doors I was sorely disappointed to see that all of my fettuccine was gone. 😦

It’s time to improvise! So I stole some pasta shells from a here’s-all-your-ingredients-just-add-water box, grabbed a can of cream of chicken soup and went to work. This was the end result.

It tastes even better than it looks!

This was my first official I-have-no-recipe-so-I’m-throwing-stuff-together cooking success! Oh and here’s the recipe.

Pasta (any kind) about 2 servings worth

1/4 c chopped onion

olive oil

4 boneless, skinless chicken tenderloins

1 can cream of chicken soup

1/4 c butter

1 t lemon juice

1 t Italian seasoning

1/2 t garlic powder

1/2 c shredded mozzarella cheese

1 slice of bread, crumbed

Preheat oven to 350. Cook pasta and strain. Coat bottom of skillet with olive oil, sauté onions and add to pasta. Cook chicken in same skillet then cube and set aside. Add butter and lemon juice to skillet, melt butter. Add Italian seasoning, garlic powder, cream of chicken soup, and mozzarella cheese to skillet. Stir and heat for 2 min on medium heat. Add chicken and heat for 5 min or until bubbling. Stir in pasta and onion mix and put in casserole dish. Top with bread crumbs. Bake for 20 min.

Definitely a keeper. But Allison said next time I need to add something green, as she was “craving something green” so promptly went to the freezer and got out the bag of frozen peas that she keeps stashed in there. Crazy girl. 🙂