Friday, May 4, 2012

It was called Bacon and Sun-Dried Tomato Alfredo Pasta

I moved into dangerous territory.  We had decided that I would make Bacon and Sun-Dried Tomato Alfredo Pasta for dinner.  The recipe calls for Light Alfredo sauce which is to be purchased from the grocery store.  Unfortunately, Silent Sam could not find Light  Alfredo sauce.  I looked up a recipe for Light Alfredo Sauce online and thought I would use that instead.

Since our daughter has moved for her internship, I am cooking for two.  I cut back recipes like this one because I am not sure that these would be the best leftovers.

So, this means I am tampering with a recipe before I ever even made it.  This is not good.  This can lead to trouble.  Picture this scene - Silent Sam tasting dinner and making a face.  "What is in this recipe?" And there I sit trying to look innocent.  "Well, I didn't quite follow the recipe...". SS is a great guy and wouldn't say anything but I would be dying that I screwed up dinner.  (Okay, this could probably get into a whole discussion about how crazy I am but that is not the point - now)

I did it.  I changed the recipe.  It just looked like it needed more and less.  More veggies and less bacon.  Especially for two. 

Light Alfredo Sauce

2 cloves of garlic chopped
1 cup skim milk
1/2 cup Chicken Broth - Low sodium
1 1/2 tbs. flour
couple grinds of sea salt
grind of black pepper
1/4 cup Parmesan cheese

Spray pot with Pam (or similar spray) and brown the chopped garlic.
In a small bowl, combine milk, broth, and flour.  Try to get the flour mixed in and fairly smooth.
Add to pot with garlic.  Add salt and pepper.
Continue to heat over low heat, stirring frequently until sauce is thick.  Stir in cheese.

What was supposed to be Bacon and Sun-Dried Tomato Alfredo Pasta 

4 oz. multi or whole grain pasta
Light Alfredo Sauce
1/4 cup sun dried tomatoes cut into julienne strips (we found them in the produce aisle at the grocery store)
4 slices bacon
1/4 pound of mushrooms

10 oz. fresh spinach
1/2 red pepper cut up

 At the same time,
Cook the bacon. When it is cooked, cool it and then cut into small pieces.
Start the Light Alfredo Sauce. When it is thickening, add the sun dried tomatoes.
Start the water for the pasta.  When boiling, add pasta

Once these are on the way then
Spray a pan with Pam (or other spray) and start the mushrooms.
(Balance plates on sticks because you are now cooking 4 things at once and this is beyond my limit)
When the mushrooms are looking like they are cooking, add the spinach.  When the spinach has cooked down a little, add the peppers.  Then add the bacon in to warm it up a bit.

Combine the Light Alfredo sauce with the mushrooms, spinach, peppers and bacon (pour the sauce into the vegetable pan).  Drain the pasta and put the pasta on the plates.  Pour the sauce/vegetable mixture over the pasta.

You did it!  For those of you who can cook, I know this is a nothing.  For those of you cooking impaired - like me- this is a pretty good dinner that if nothing else can impress yourself. 

As you might guess, you can put any veggies into this recipe.  I do think that the bacon and sun dried tomatoes are supposed to be the stars so you might not want to overload it.

Let me know how it works for you.  I welcome changes.

In case you are interested, this is the list of past posts that have recipes:

New Recipes for the Non Cook                           4/ 24/12
Easter Dinner Revamped                                      4/10/12
Meatless Mondays                                               3/12/12
Apparently My New Best Friend is Pam               2/28/12

Thanks for reading!

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