One of our weekly staples is pasta with tomato sauce. This meal is guaranteed to be consumed by our two little girls. The drawback is that this gets old after a while (at least for Mommy and Daddy). So, I thought I'd try a different sauce for our pasta.
I found this recipe on the Kraft Foods website. What I like about it is that it is a healthier alternative to your typical Alfredo recipe (see this one as an example). Instead of heavy cream and a ton of Parmesan cheese it uses a combination of milk, cream cheese, and only 1/4 cup of Parmesan.
Modifications/Substitutions: The only "modification" I made was using penne pasta instead of fettuccine.
Ease: This was a really simple and easy recipe. I liked the fact that I could cook the chicken and prepare the sauce as the pasta was cooking. I also liked being able to add the broccoli to the pasta as it finished cooking. I'll give this recipe 4.5 stars.
Affordability: Once again, the chicken was on sale. The other ingredients are very affordable. I'll go with 5 stars here.
Taste: I was very pleased with how this meal turned out. It was nice and light. The Italian dressing gave it a nice flavor too. I'll go with 4 stars here.
Family Friendly: Sarah went to town on her pasta and even ate the tops of her broccoli. Abigail took a little convincing to try something new, but she ate her pasta too (and "tried" the broccoli). The girls didn't go for the chicken because, like I typically do, I overcooked it a bit (oops!). I'll go with 4.5 stars for this recipe.
What's Cooking Rating: 4.5 stars