Thursday, January 26, 2012
30 minute Valentine's Day meal: Bow Tie Pasta with Vodka Sauce and Chicken
"One of the very nicest things about life is the way we must regularly stop whatever it is we are doing and devote our attention to eating." ~Luciano Pavarotti
I can put an entire meal on the table is less than 30 minutes! You can do it too, and even for Valentine's Day!
Here's my Italian Cuisine menu:
Appetizer:Toasted Ravioli with sauce
Entree:Bow Tie Pasta with Vodka Sauce and Chicken
Side Dish:Buttered peas
Dessert: Angel Food Cake drizzled with Strawberry Sauce
Here we go!
Bow Tie Pasta with Vodka Sauce and Chicken
*1 pkg. skinless, boneless chicken strips from the meat dept.
*1 bag Bow-tie Pasta
*3 T. butter (NOT margarine- trust me, it's healthier than "plastic" margarine and tastes 10 times better)
*1 tsp. minced garlic (you can buy it already minced in a small jar)
*i jar VODKA Sauce
*Grated Parmesan cheese
Boil pasta according to pkg. directions.
While it boils...
Saute meat in butter and garlic till all pink is gone and meat is just a bit golden.
When pasta is done, drain and add cooked chicken . Pour jar of sauce over and stir so heat from pasta warms the sauce. Sprinkle with Parmesan!
There's your main course. Now, the other dishes are what I call "cheater dishes".
Purchase a box of frozen ravioli and cook according to pkg. directions.
Serve with a jar of PIZZA sauce for dipping .(I like it better than Marinara for these.)
Sweet Peas with Butter
Drain 1 can sweet peas, put 1/4 stick butter on top and microwave for 3 minutes. Stir.
Purchase frozen garlic Texas toast. Add your own grated mozzarella if you like. Bake according to pkg. directions.
Purchase a bag of pre-made Italian salad. Add chopped black olives from the can, drained, add a few cherry tomatoes, and sprinkle with Parmesan.
Angel Food Cake with strawberry Sauce
1 store-bought angel food cake.
1 container frozen strawberries, thawed.
Add sugar to taste to the berries, then drizzle over top of cake.
There you have it!
A delicious "optical illusion" of a nice dinner that didn't knock you out, but will knock the socks off your guests when they realize it only took a few minutes to prepare.
If they ask for the recipe, just tell them it's a secret. Then make your family swear to secrecy!
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