While my children go back and forth on their love of some foods (do you like green beans this week?) their take on pasta has always been steadfastly positive. Change the shape or change the color of the noodles and it doesn't matter, pasta is good!
When it comes to sauce, however, we're back to the wishy-washy opinions. They'll go weeks eating completely plain noodles with only a dusting of Parmesan cheese. That will be followed by a week or two of asking for marinara, before going back to the plain. Can I get any more bored with this meal?
That's not to say that they won't eat other sauces — for instance, Alfredo and Pesto are tried and true favorites. But who has the time and energy to purchase a cart full of ingredients and spend hours chopping, mixing, blending and cooking in order to get them on the table?
Fortunately, I've been inspired this month to come up with ways to save some time and money in the kitchen by Kraft's 'Twist that Dish' initiative. Who doesn't want to take a classic and make it better, faster and/or easier?
With that in mind, I walked into my kitchen, took out five ingredients and, in five minutes (possibly a little less), I had created a sauce that both kids gave a hearty thumbs up: Five Minute Alfredo Sauce!
While this isn't a gourmet recipe by any means, my family has loved this sauce for a number of reasons. Did I mention that it takes five minutes to make?
We love PHILADELPHIA Cream Cheese around here and, considering that it is the primary ingredient in this sauce, having that flavor combined with pasta just makes everyone happy.
By itself, this Five Minute Alfredo Sauce is great. However, it can easily be a "starter sauce" that is customized to just about any tastes and preferences. Why not whip this up and add in an ingredient such as pepper flakes, sausage, bacon, mushrooms, cheese, chili powder, ham or minced garlic to make it even better?
If you're looking for a way to add more vegetables into your family's meals, it's a snap to add a bag of frozen mixed veggies in with the pasta for the last few minutes of cook time. Once the pasta and vegetables are drained and you mix them up with this Five Minute Alfredo Sauce, you won't hear any complaints!
I could go on, but that would just take time away from you going to your refrigerator, pulling out the five ingredients that are used in this sauce...
...and proceeding with your five minutes of stirring, heating and mixing.
Which are then followed by a creamy, tasty sauce that is ready to be eaten or personalized precisely to your liking!
What are you waiting for?
Whether you whip this Five Minute Alfredo Sauce up to feed your family on a busy weeknight or dish it up when having friends over this winter, this sauce has the ability to show up in a number of dishes in an endless variety of ways!
Click here for the full recipe: Five Minute Alfredo Sauce. Yum!
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Article by Kraft TasteMaker Xenia Sundell. For more recipes and ideas, visit her blog at Thanks, Mail Carrier.
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