Pasta craving…but no Alfredo sauce…canned soup to the rescue!


 

What do you do when you don’t have all the ingredients for something?

 

Make up a recipe!!!

 

I really wanted Alfredo pasta for dinner but didn’t have any sauce or ingredients to make the sauce. So I improvised. Thanks, Progresso!

 

Ingredients I used:

Feel free to modify these to your liking!

  • 1 box of whole wheat Rotini pasta – 0.99Β’ at Aldi
  • 2 handfuls of fresh baby spinach – 0.99Β’/bag at Aldi
  • 1 can Progresso Potato Soup with Bacon – ~$1 anywhere
  • 1 cup cheddar cheese – $2.50/bag at Aldi
  • 1 steamable bag of broccoli – ~$1 at Aldi

= ~$4 for the whole meal! This will serve 4-5.

How I made it:

  1. Cooked the noodles according to package directions.
  2. While boiling Rotini I tore the spinach into small-ish pieces (no perfection here) and placed them into the bottom of a colander that I had put in the sink to be ready to drain the pasta.
  3. Put the broccoli bag into the microwave and cooked it for 5 minutes on HIGH (i.e. followed the directions on the back of the bag).
  4. Drained the noodles in the colander (with the spinach in the bottom).
  5. Poured noodles/spinach back into pot and added the can of soup…
  6. …stirred while heating it up a bit…added the cheese and some spices (cayenne pepper, Italian seasoning, lots of black pepper, and thyme. Β But NO SALT! The soup has lots of it in it already.)
  7. Spooned some in a bowl, opened the bag of now-steamed broccoli and poured some over the top. Sprinkled some paprika for color and spice.
  8. Shared it with the hubby. :)
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