So today we are going to share one of our absolute favorite meals with you guys! We absolutely love anything to do with pasta, so this, we would have to say is one of our FAVORITES.
It’s one of those recipes that we made so much and so often we ended up hating it for a time. Thankfully we are finally past this point and we can now enjoy it again! We found this recipe in 2014, we were searching for a very filling, long lasting recipe that we could make a lot and was very affordable.
You know how it is, you get kind of tired of the same old recipes and you need something new. So this is what we decided upon. A very delicious, creamy, and fun recipe!
Once we had gathered up all of our ingredients at the store we delegated cooking jobs out. (Okay Madeline did the delegating because she’s bossy.) Derek was on chicken duty and Madeline took care of the sauce. It was fun to cook together in the tiny little apartment we had. It was an extremely cramped little studio apartment that we lived in for about a year. We had this entirely too small little kitchen and only a stove top. We didn’t have an oven! So we were bumping around each other trying to cook and get ingredients. When we started cooking this recipe it was cold outside so we were all huddled up together in that little apartment trying to make this recipe to warm our bellies.
One thing we love about this recipe is that it sticks to your bones. So in the winter months if you are looking for something that will keep you filled up and toasty inside, this is definitely it!
Now to make this recipe you need the following ingredients.
One 16 Oz carton of Heavy Whipping Cream (No you do not need to buy a very expensive cream at all, we actually prefer the way the cheaper brand cooks. We used the Walmart brand of cream and it works wonderfully.)
2 cups of Parmesan Cheese (Sometimes instead of the 2 cups we do one cup of parmesan and 1 cup of a mixture of mozzarella and other Italian cheeses.)
2 tablespoons of freshly cut parsley (This is an optional ingredient but it adds a lot of flavor.)
1-2 tablespoons of minced garlic (2 tablespoons if you like a lot of garlic like us!)
One box of rotini noodles
And 2 chicken breasts or 5-6 chicken tenderloins
(For seasoning the chicken you will need more minced garlic, we did not include it into the amount above)
We usually like to start out by making our noodles. To make those just follow the directions on the back of the box.
With the chicken we had to use tenderloins in our old apartment because we didn’t have an oven so we would cook the tenderloins in a pan. To season them we would use minced garlic and roasted garlic seasoning. Rub the garlic and seasoning onto the chicken and put some butter in the pan and cook them over medium heat until the chicken is finished. Flip them about every one minute and make sure you don’t let the pan get too hot or you will overcook and dry out your chicken.
Now if you have an oven and want to cook the breasts, season them the same way as you would the tenderloins, and oven bake them until complete.
The sauce is a little more tricky because you need to keep the temperature from getting too hot or being too cool.
Pour your carton of whipping cream into a pot and put it on medium heat. While waiting for it to heat up add your parsley and garlic to the mixture and whisk it all up together. Once it has warmed now you need to add your cheese. Add a few pinches of it at a time and whisk each bit until it melts. If you add too much cheese at once and don’t give it time to melt it clumps up, so be careful about that. (We learned this the hard way.) While making the sauce be sure to you are stirring It nearly constantly. Especially towards the end. You will want to turn down the heat the longer you cook it or it can get a little too warm and start bubbling. The sauce should have a thick creamy texture to it. Once it is finished and all the cheese is melted in it, add it directly to your noodles.
Once you give the chicken about 10 minutes to sit after it has finished cooking go ahead and slice that up into thin strips and add it to the top.
When you go to serve the alfredo it tastes really lovely If you sprinkle a little cheese on top. To compliment it we like to have garlic bread with this recipe. We also love to make a little date night out of it and we add some sparkling cider as well. It’s a fun date night meal! We have certainly made a lot of date nights with this one!
It’s a pretty simple recipe once you get the hang of it. And It certainly tastes amazing! Like we said before, it is one of our favorites! Plus, it has a lot of lovely memories behind it. Mainly just being young and having fun together are our best memories. And of course all the little date nights we had In that little apartment. Happiness and adventure is in the small things, that’s always a good thing to remember. 🙂
Thank you guys for reading! If you have any questions about the recipe just let us know and enjoy!
Well, until next time!
–thecosmicpineappleblog (aka Madeline and Derek, aka batman and lola, aka two dorky pineapples and a blog, aka the infinite adventurers)