Tuesday, April 27, 2010

out of milk!

We always sit down and eat supper together as a family.  Yes, I'm originally from Iowa and we call that evening meal "supper".  We were outside working on the yard last night and I needed something quick so I opened up the pantry to grab a chicken helper that I keep for moments like this.  Bad, I know.  But they were on sale for $1 and I had a $1.50 coupon off 3!!  But rats, it calls for 2 cups of milk.  I have none!  So after scratching my head or 10 seconds I came up with my own quick pasta recipe.  It turned out to be a hit with the hubby, so I've decided to share it.  I don't know what to call this dish - help me out and leave a comment with a suggestion!

disclaimer: I measure NOTHING.  All measurements are approximate.  Use your best guess and go with your taste buds. Be generous with the seasonings - especially onion powder.

In skillet:
about 2 cups frozen broccoli
1 cup frozen peas
1 1/2 cups pasta (I used Rigatoni)
cover with water and boil about 12 minutes - until pasta is tender
drain excess water
add about 3/4 cup sour cream and about 3/4 brick of cream cheese
around 2 cups shredded up chicken
seasoning - salt, Italian seasoning, garlic powder, onion powder

Hint: I always shred or chunk up leftover chicken and freeze it.  It is ready to pull out and make a dish for a quick meal like this. 

additions: chopped bell peppers, tomatoes


  1. Kammy, I have do a similar thing w/ hamburger (I fry/season more hamburger than I need for most things and freeze the rest), I call it homemeade hamburger helper (can't get any of that stuff down here). I use what ever cheese I have and maybe milk or else sour cream, maybe add soy sauce, veggies are optional too. HUGE hit w/ the kids!

  2. You and your cream cheese! I've never in my life met someone who uses cream cheese as much as your family! :)


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