When I was a child, pasta was a meal that we had about once a week and simply called Spaghetti. Sure, we would have macaroni and cheese and lasagne from time to time, but mostly it was Spaghetti with ground meat and sauce.
Having married a man with an Italian heritage, my consumption of pasta has changed significantly. Fortunately, so has the variety of pasta dishes that I eat.
I think I've changed things a little for him too. I have taken pasta and turned it into non-Italian meals, like Taco Stuffed Shells. I have even taken pasta and moved it to a side dish on occasion.
A number of our favorite pasta dishes are knock off dishes that I recreate at home after we eat out. It is a great way to enjoy a variety of flavors without having to go out.
One of our favorites is a Roasted Red Pepper Cream Sauce. This recipe makes a lot! Which is great, because you can either feed an army or for me, it gives me an easy freezer meal in the next few weeks.
Penne with Roasted Red Pepper Cream Sauce
1 jar Traditional Pasta Sauce
1 jar Light Alfredo Sauce
1/2 c diced, roasted red peppers
1 small onion, diced
1 pound Chicken Breast, pound thin and cut into bite size pieces
Prepared Pasta - I use Penne, but you can choose your favorite shape
Saute the onions in your skillet, using a little olive oil. Add the chicken breast and cook through. Add the roasted red peppers and both jars of sauce. Cook over medium heat until warmed through. Split the sauce, setting half aside. Add the cooked pasta and stir to coat. Serve with fresh Parmesan cheese.
I had to run to the grocery store this evening because I needed some ingredients for dinner and while I was there, I picked up the ingredients so that we could enjoy this recipe for dinner next week. While at Giant Eagle, I took advantage of a great offer that they currently have on their pasta and sauces. From now through April 25th, mix and match 10 Giant Eagle Pasta and Pasta Sauce products for just $10 - a savings of up to $7.90 with your Advantage Card. As a bonus, for every 10 you purchase, you can earn 10c in fuelperks!
I love deals like this, I get to earn 10c for this deal and the $10 purchase counts towards the spend $50 get 10c fuelperks! standard offer. Since you fuelperks! can save you on up to 30 gallons, this bonus offer is worth up to $3 in additional savings.
While there, be sure to pick up their Infinite Pasta-bilities, Amazing Value booklet that has some pasta recipes like Creamy Shrimp pasta, Spaghetti Pie, Garden Medley Pasta and Beefy Mac & Cheese. I found them on a tear pad on a display in the pasta aisle, or you can also check out www.gianteagle.com/pasta-dinners for more recipe ideas.
No compensation was received for this post. A sample pack including two jars of Giant Eagle Pasta Sauce, two boxes of Giant Eagle Pasta and information about this promotion were provided by Giant Eagle. All opinions expressed are my own or that of my family.