Hi mums and dads!
The rules of prepping food for my kids (that they will willingly eat) are fairly predictable:
- They will eat anything in a creamy, cheesy sauce
- They will eat pretty much any vegetable, as long as they can’t see it or pick it out
- They will eat almost anything that is fried and crispy, or wrapped in crunchy puff pastry
So, along this vein, creamy pasta dishes in our house are always a hit. They are EASY to make and a great way to hide veggies and I don’t have to constantly prompt my kids to keep eating. The ingredients (like everything in my kitchen) always vary depending on what I have in the fridge.
You can use this recipe and substitute pretty much any protein in for the chicken and add/substitute vegetables too.
A brown onion – finely diced
4 cloves of garlic (or a tsp of minced garlic out of a jar if you are lazy – but it doesn’t taste as good) – finely diced
3-4 chicken thigh fillets sliced into strips/cubed
+/- 200g bacon (optional)
200g of sliced mushrooms (use Swiss browns, button or field – it doesn’t matter)
250mL cream (I use light, lactose free)
4 chicken stock cubes (you can use vegetable or beef stock (gives a richer flavour) if you want) dissolved in about a quarter cup of boiling water
Half head of cauliflower – chopped into florets, boiled and then pureed (to this you can add whatever vegies you like eg pumpkin, carrot whatever – just boil and puree together OR you can actually do this recipe without vegies altogether if you wish)
1 packet of fresh, ready made pasta
Couple of handfuls of Parmesan cheese
salt and pepper to taste
- Prep your vegies by boiling until soft and then puree in a food processor – set aside.
- Heat oil and saute onion and garlic until softened and fragrant
- Add your chicken (+/- bacon) and toss until brown
- Add the sliced mushroom and saute
- Add the stock cubes dissolved in a little hot water
- Add your pureed vegetables
- Add the cream, bring to simmer and reduce heat. Simmer gently for about 10-15 min to reduce (Cooking tip**: If it boils, the cream will split and not look nice, but still taste much the same)
- Boil some water and cook your pasta until al dente – drain and set aside, reserving a little pasta water
- Toss your hot pasta into your sauce and mix till well coated
- Season with salt and pepper, sprinkle (heavily) with Parmesan
- Serve immediately
Would love to hear how your family goes with this recipe
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