Thursday, April 11, 2013

Semi-Homemade Tomato Basil Alfredo

Remember the post about adding things to your store bought noodles to "jazz the up"?  We're at it again over here.  Last night we prepared a Knorr Alfredo side dish.  My family loves these.  They are easy to make and taste good.  Sometimes we just don't have time to make everything from scratch, and if you coupon like me, you probably have lots of these (just saying!).  As I was waiting for the water to boil, I read the recipe on the back, Chicken Margherita Alfredo.  I was already cooking chicken, so we decided to alter the recipe to fit our meal.

1 package of Knorr Alfredo Pasta Sides (1 package was enough for our family of 4)
3 Roma tomatoes (just what I had available)
5 large basil leaves
1 1/2 cups of water
1/2 cup of milk (I used whole versus 2%)
1 tbsp of butter

Make pasta according to the directions on the package: Bring the milk, water, and butter to a boil.  Stir in the package of noodles.  Cook until pasta is tender.
You'll want to dice your tomatoes into bite size pieces.  Stack your basil leaves and roll into a tube.  Slice thinly to create little basil ribbons.  Add both the basil and tomatoes to your pasta.  Stir and serve.

See.....such a SIMPLE way to change up what could have been a boring side dish (I'm in no way implying that Knorr is boring or tasteless, but it's always great to change things up!).

You can find lots of great recipes over at the Knorr website.