Friday, February 17, 2012

Sunday night dinner: Pasta

Showing off the stirring skills.
 Every Sunday, we have a potluck style dinner at the farm. My brother Daniel and I usually make the main course (usually something smoked or grilled) and then others bring sides and dessert.

This week, Daniel decided he wanted pasta instead.
Can you tell this isn't a commercial kitchen? No hair net required!

 We made two different sauces and two different pastas. Homemade alfredo sauce with chicken, and homemade tomato sauce with hamburger. I was in charge of the tomato sauce, so I can only give you an ingredient list for the alfredo, but not many measurements.

Alfredo sauce:
1 package of boneless, skinless chicken breast, chopped into small pieces
Heavy whipping cream (I think a pint)
cheese (Yesterday was a mixture of a block of mozzarella and a shaker of parmesan)
salt, pepper, oregano, basil
Garlic, about 5 cloves, diced small

Saute the garlic in olive oil. Stir in the heavy whipping cream. (Don't walk off and let it boil over...) Add the cheese and melt it. Add seasonings.

In the meantime, cook the chicken in olive oil with seasonings. When cooked through, add to alfredo sauce.

Tomato sauce:
3 pints of home-canned tomatoes
pepper, oregano, basil
Garlic, about 5 cloves
half an onion, diced small
about 1 pound of hamburger

In a sauce pan, brown the hamburger with the onion. Drain the grease. Then add the garlic and seasonings. Add the tomatoes and cook down to the desired consistency. You may not need to add salt. Taste-test it.

We used bowtie noodles for the alfredo, and cavatappi for the tomato sauce.

I know you're probably reading this post after the cholesterol post and thinking "no wonder you have high cholesterol". I don't eat this every night. This is one night a week. Eating high fat-content meals for one day shouldn't mess up my cholesterol level for the entire week. Moderation is key. But I'm still going to work on making my "cheat meals" healthier.

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