Returning to work after having been on vacation, my husband and I hit the ground running, so as to speak. We both had “to-do” lists a mile long. Today, since he had a meeting and several work projects, he left early this morning and will return later this evening. Most of what I needed to do work-wise could be done at home. While the kids played with a friend, I worked. I had quiet the productive day reading, researching and writing! 🙂
When dinnertime rolled around, I almost said, “Cereal for dinner!” Which usually elicits shrieks of delight from the children. However, since we’ve been away, I haven’t cooked a lot (my creative outlet). So, I opted to throw a quick dinner together for us.
I scoured the pantry, freezer and fridge and was delighted to find chicken, pasta, capers, onions, sun-dried tomatoes, and Alfredo sauce. With these ingredients, I could put a nice twist on macaroni and cheese, one of the kids favorite pasta dishes.
For the most part, my kids are adventurous eaters. Although, I do have to sneak things in from time to time. As the pasta water was boiling, I made sure to finely chop the sun-dried tomatoes and capers, the “secret ingredients” of the dish. (“Secret Ingredients” is a game we play whenever the kids are cooking with me, or whenever I am trying out something new in a dish.)
Even though, the kid have had sun-dried tomatoes and capers several times before, I was a bit skeptical of what they would think of the culinary creation. I was pleasantly surprised when they gave this dish “two thumbs-up,” going back for seconds, thirds and fourth servings.
My daughter said, “Now, Mom, this is GOOD pasta!”
I asked, “Do you know what the secret ingredients are?”
To which she replied, “Nope!”
“Sun-dried tomatoes and capers!” I responded.
Without missing a beat, she said, “Yum! Can I have a snack now?”
This recipe will definitely be made again! If you try it, I hope you enjoy!
Alfredo Pasta Bake
- 1/2 yellow onion, small dice
- 2 T of capers, finely chopped
- 1/4 cup of sun-dried tomatoes, finely chopped
- 3 cloves of garlic, minced
- 2 chicken breasts, cooked and shredded or cubed (Usually, I keep cooked, seasoned chicken frozen for quick go-to meals. Or, you can use canned chicken breast.)
- 1 jar of Alfredo Sauce (Or make it homemade. Here is a recipe from “Heavenly Homemakers.”)
- 1 box of whole wheat rotini pasta, cooked al dente and drained
- 1/4 cup of shredded Parmesan cheese
- 1 t. of dried Italian seasonings
- Salt and Pepper, to taste