Pasta a la crockpot

This crockpot pasta is a LIFE SAVER!!! I haven’t posted much as I’ve been feeling kind of under the weather, so when my parents offered to babysit for a few days, I jumped at the opportunity!

Little did I know, I was really missing my little road runner, so when he finally came home and I was still feeling bleh, I threw some stuff into my crockpot and 30 minutes later… I made a masterpiece!

Here’s the rough chopped recipe ( keep in mind my measurements are for a family of 3 with a toddler.. so adjust for your own!)

What you will need

  • 2 hot Italian sausages – boiled and sliced
  • 1 chicken breast – cut into 3 and parboiled
  • 1 tomato – chopped
  • 1/2 cup chopped bell pepper
  • 1/2 cup of chopped cilantro
  • 1/2 cup chopped parsley
  • 1 green onion – chopped
  • Teaspoon dry oregano
  • Salt to taste
  • 1/4 of a bag of pasta.. your choice
  • 1 bouillon cube
  • 1 cup of water

Here’s what I did.

    Right as I started, I turned my crockpot on.
    I put my 2 sausages to boil on the stove
    I began chopping my veggies and herbs adding them straight to the crockpot when I was finished.
    Do not strain the sausage or discard of the water. Just remove them. My sausages came out and ran them under some cold water to cool down and instantly stop the cooking
    While that was cooling, I sliced my chicken into 3 and then I put them into the exact same pot of water my sausages came of out. You just wanted to cook the outside of the chicken.
    While my chicken boiled on high for about 2 minutes I sliced up my sausages and added them straight to the crockpot
    I removed the chicken from the pot of water and cut it into smaller pieces – again, added it straight to the crockpot
    I added in my pasta along with the oregano
    I mixed my bouillon cube in a cup of warm water and added that in as well. That is all the water you will need for this
    I gave my pot a good mix, incorporating everything and put the lid on.
    30 minutes later…. TAADA!! Just taste for salt .. add if needed.

This part is totally optional… I then garnished my pasta with some freshly chopped green onions, parsley and another piece of bell pepper!

Finished product? … VOILA!

Enjoy guys!

Xox

1 Pack of Chicken and 1 Tired Asf Momma

So on Wednesday’s I like to prepare dinner for the next following two days (Thursday and Friday) because I’m in school pretty much all day those days. By the time I get home it’s like late in the afternoon or I’ve been stuck in traffic long enough to think it’s late afternoon. It’s not that I don’t cook during the rest of the week, ( I am guilty for takeout ) it’s just, I’m sooooo much more busier starting Wednesday. Between studying, cleaning, teaching, playing, cleaning, bathing, feeding, laundry, did I say cleaning? I really just have little to no energy to go into the kitchen and prepare a meal.

Hubby (bna) picked up a pack of chicken breasts the other day. You know the simple boneless, skinless, comes with 4 in a pack. Well I did a pretty simple seasoning (all dry ingredients of course) and just placed the pieces in a freezer bag and plopped it in the fridge. I used the fridge to store it just so I’m not constantly freezing and thawing the same bag over and over again. Plus it was gonna be used up within the next 2 days.

My seasoning consisted of

  • Salt
  • Black pepper
  • Garlic powder
  • Onion powder
  • Adobo seasoning

So here’s what Wednesday’s Dinner looked like … Day 1

Mushroom Chicken & Mushroom Alfredo

I used

  • 2/4 pieces of chicken
  • Half an onion – chopped
  • Tablespoon cilantro – chopped
  • A tablespoon dried parsley
  • 1 diced tomato (no seeds)
  • 1 mushroom (your choice) – sliced thin
  • 1 bottle of Alfredo sauce (your choice)
  • 1 Can of Campbell’s cream of mushroom
  • Your choice of pasta
  • Salt
  • Garlic powder
  • Black pepper

Before I started I preheated my oven to 375 and I mixed my dry seasonings with my cilantro, onion, tomato and parsley

And I added just a tad more of my seasonings to my sliced mushrooms

With my breasts -the chicken’s that is… I took my two pieces and cut them in half- giving me 4 pieces. I did this for three reasons :

1. Hubby (bna) always says he wants two pieces but never finishes it … so these two pieces were actually one πŸ˜‰ little does he know

2. It saves me Chicken

3. It cooks much faster

I turned the heat on high and when my pan was hot enough, I added a splash of vegetable oil and swirled it around my pan to coat it. After I added my chicken and opened up the can of Cream of Mushroom.

I didn’t cook the meat all the way through as I just wanted to almost sear the top and bottom. So it was like 1 min on each side and then I tossed in my cream sauce.

I wanted to just coat the chicken in the sauce. When my chicken was finally covered, and evenly coated in this saucy mess, I transferred all of it (sauce and all) into a baking pan and shoved it into the oven.

In the same pot that my chicken came out of I added again, some vegetable oil and I tossed in my onion/ cilantro mix

I started boiling my water for my pasta. Adding some salt to the water, and when my boiling bubbles started picking up their rhythm, I tossed in my pasta. It was about a handful – for the 3 of us.

When my onions started to cook down and become translucent, I added in 1/2 a cup of water and let that come to a simmer. I then added my bottle of Alfredo sauce.

Once I added my Alfredo sauce and my pot returned to a simmer, I tossed in my mushrooms and extra seasonings and covered up my pot, for about 3-4 minutes while I strained my pasta.

By the time I finished straining my pasta, my sauce had thickened up and all that was left was to toss and sauce

Gave my pasta a good mix, incorporating the sauce into every part of this pan. By that time, my chicken was ready to come out of the oven.

Plate up and add that sprinkle of green just to make it look sooo much better!

The end result

It’s amazing what you can do in the kitchen. You take some random stuff that you think will work well together and that’s what you do. You make a gott’am beautful dish! The best part?

It only took about 30 mins!

But when hubby bna asks… you slaved over that damn stove all day momma!

Enjoy guys!

Xx