Oh, the pleasure of eating my dinner alone! CHARLES LAMB
Sandra Lee calls it semi-homemade. Others call it shortcut cooking. I call it what it really is . . . Almost Homemade.
Taking the best of what’s already out there, and sprucing it up, the dishes on this site are not only fast and easy, but also delicious.
But don’t get me wrong. I don’t buy just any packaged goods. I make sure the ingredients I use are made with wholesome, quality ingredients – or as close as you can get with boxed or prepackaged goods.
After all, most nights you’ll find me dining solo, and by no means do I want to spend the time trying to figure out how to scale down a recipe designed for a family of four. Nope. I want fast. Easy. Healthy – or at least, semi-healthy. And no more than 30 minutes to make from start to finish.
And today just happens to be one of those Almost Homemade days. I’ve been crazy-busy trying to get ready for our launch, and now that it’s done, all I wanna do is plop down in front of the TV with a bowl of pasta – covered in creamy Alfredo sauce – served alongside a glass of Chardonnay.
Doesn’t that look yummy?
This dish took me all of 15 minutes to make – from start to finish.
What you’ll need:
- Box of Pasta Fettuccine
- Olive Oil
- Salt & Pepper to taste
- Green Giant Fresh Steamers Broccoli Cuts 12 oz. pkg.
- Chicken breast (optional)
- Bertolli Creamy Basil Alfredo Sauce 15 oz. jar
Fill a 6-quart pot half way with hot water, throw it on the stove with a high flame and add some salt and 1 Tbsp olive oil to it.
While you’re waiting for the water to boil, grab a box of Green Giant Fresh Steamers Broccoli Cuts (found in the frozen foods section) and throw it in the microwave.
If you’re craving a little protein and have leftover chicken breast, I say throw it into the mix. I had chicken breast that I chopped up and put aside while I was waiting for my pasta to finish.
If you don’t have any chicken breast already made, buy a couple of boneless skinless breasts, rinse them off and pat them dry. Then sprinkle a little salt and pepper for taste and throw it into a hot skillet with three tablespoons of olive oil. Chicken breasts cook pretty fast, so you can still meet the under 15-minute meal claim. This can be started once you throw your water on the stove to boil.
Once the water is at a full boil, throw in the fettuccine. I like my pasta al dente, so I usually boil it for about 10 minutes.
Next, move on to heating up your Bertolli Creamy Basil Alfredo Sauce. It’s quite simple. You can either heat it on the stove or nuke it for a 1-1/2 – 2 minutes – depending on how hot you like your sauce.
One the pasta has finished boiling, strain the water and rinse the pasta under cold water for four seconds so it won’t stick together. Return it back to the pot.
From there, throw your leftover chicken in the microwave for 45 seconds.
While you’re waiting for the chicken, drop the broccoli and fettuccine sauce into the pot and toss it around a bit.
Once the chicken has been nuked to a not-so-scathing temperature, chuck it into the pot, along with the broccoli and Alfredo Sauce and toss it around a bit more.
And there you have it! An Almost Homemade meal that took only 15 minutes to prepare. Oh, and don’t forget the wine!
So if you’re a regular solo diner like me, this is where you wanna hang out when you’re craving a little more than a bowl of Lucky Charms or
Top Ramen. Strike that. Sprucing up Top Ramen dishes is a favorite pastime of mine. Anyway. You get what I’m saying.
So pull up a chair, grab a glass of your favorite elixir, and make dinner your favorite meal of the day as you peruse through the many Almost Homemade recipes we’ve got in store for you.
See ya soon!