Ruthy posted about a quick turnaround meal yesterday since she's deep in edits right now. And whataya know, I needed a quick meal yesterday evening. Mainly because I worked too late. Then I remembered I needed to get it done quickly so I could make my Zumba class!
So I went to my favorite go-to-in-a-pinch meal. Fettuccine Alfredo. Only I didn't even pull out the Betty Crocker cookbook that I usually use when I make it. I just started dumping, rushing through and snapping a couple of photos for you. :) I also decided at the last minute (after my son asked if I could add bacon), that I'd toss in some frozen pre-cooked chicken.
Here are the ingredients I used (approximately, since I just dumped). :) If you want the real recipe, pull out your Betty Crocker Cookbook (and double the recipe for a family with big appetites).
1 box fettuccine noodles
1 bag shredded fresh parmesan (not the powdered stuff!) plus a little bit of a second bag
1/2 stick butter (the real thing. Don't even think about margarine)
Approx. 1/2 cup half & half (enough to make it fairly "wet")
1/2 bag Tyson Grilled and Ready Fajita Chicken Strips (or whatever chicken you have already cooked)
Fresh ground Pepper to taste
Fresh ground nutmeg (Optional, and go easy on it. The first time my daughter got to grate whole nutmeg, she had so much fun she got carried away. Our meal tasted more like eggnog!)
Boil noodles in salted water according to directions until al dente. I usually test it by eating a noodle...or two or three. (Love this part!) :) They need to still be somewhat firm (chewy) for Alfredo. Don't overcook or they'll mush up and disintegrate! Drain, and toss in the butter. Let sit until melted.
Heat chicken according to package directions (this stuff is great--takes 3 minutes).
Add half & half to the noodles. Stir around until coated with the butter and cream. Then dump in the shredded parmesan. Toss.
Then add the hot chicken and toss again. It's all ready! That's dinner in basically the time it takes to cook the noodles.