Chicken Alfredo is one of the kiddos’ favorites. You can serve it over any type of noodle. No need to stick to fettucine, unless you happen to have it on hand. Tonight I used the last of the box of whole wheat penne for the kids and the last of the box of whole wheat spaghetti for the adults…for obvious reasons. I went lazy tonight and spent a few extra cents on the jar of alfredo sauce from Aldi. There is, however, an even more gorgeous homemade sauce. Depending on cream cheese prices it can be cheaper. It definitely feeds a larger crew and is probably a little more nutritious. My sister Michele, who feeds 3 growing boys and 1 grown man, taught me the latter version. I use the latter quite frequently and I highly recommend it to all large alfredo loving families around the world.
Necessary Ingredients: 2 Chicken Breasts, your favorite shape of noodle, one jar of alfredo sauce OR (1 package of cream cheese, 1 cup chicken broth or water with chicken bullion), 1 fresh broccoli crown, garlic salt, pepper, italian seasoning, grated parmesan cheese, one Roma tomato (if you like tomatoes).
Boil water and get pasta cooking. Cut thawed chicken breasts into strips. Sprinkle garlic salt, pepper, and italian seasoning on all sides. For homemade alfredo sauce, put cream cheese and chicken broth or bullion into a sauce pan. Slowly stir and melt on medium heat. Add a few splashes of milk to thin, if necessary. Chop up broccoli in small pieces. Steam in microwave by putting in a bowl with a tiny bit of water, cover with a plate, and cook for 2 minutes. Cook chicken in skillet. Add steamed broccoli. Add the sauce you made or the sauce from the jar. Stir in about a 1/4 cup of grated parmesan cheese. Serve over pasta. I chopped up a fresh Roma tomato and sprinkled on top as well. What can I say? It’s pretty.
Aldi Price Breakdown: 2 Chicken Breasts- $1.83, your favorite shape of noodle- 45cents, one jar of alfredo sauce- $1.69 OR (1 package of cream cheese $1.29 (price just went up…grrr), 1 cup chicken broth- 69centsish or water with chicken bullion), 1 fresh broccoli crown- 75cents (Yahoonies…the price on broccoli went down this week!), garlic salt, pepper, italian seasoning, grated parmesan cheese- 25cents, one Roma tomato 19cents= $5.16 for a gourmet and gorgeous family favorite for four
BTW… this would also be gorgeous with shrimp! It would be about $2.00 more.