Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Creamy Chicken Penne - $5 Dinner Challenge

2 cups penne pasta, uncooked ($0.50 for box)
3/4 lb boneless chicken sliced ($5.99.3# bag = $1.50)
1/2 c chopped onion ($0.25)
1 Tbsp Olive Oil
1 red pepper chopped ($0.99)
2 tsp minced garlic
2 Tbsp butter
1 Tbsp flour
1-1/2 cups milk ($0.50)
4 oz Cream Cheese, cubed ($0.50/2 = $0.25)
1/2 cup grated romano cheese ($0.50)
Salt & Pepper to taste
Parsley as garnish

Cook pasta as directed.  Cook chicken and onion in oil in skillet for 6-8 minutes, add red pepper & garlic, cook for 1 minute.  Remove from heat.

Melt butter in saucepan.  Stir in flour until well blended.  Add milk and bring to a boil.  Cook on medium for 2 minutes stirring continuously until thickened.  Add cream cheese, grated cheese, salt, and pepper.  Cook 1-2 minutes until blended.

Drain pasta and place in large bowl.  Add chicken mixture and sauce, toss to coat.  Top with parsley!

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  1. Yumm- I like that it has cream cheese and red pepper in it. Make it a bit more interesting than the usual creamy pasta dishes!