In the summertime, I get a little lax about our schedules. Dinnertime is whenever we’re all hungry or when we get back from the pool. I still stick to a meal plan, but if dinner isn’t ready until later at night, it’s not a big deal.
But, during the school year, we have to stick to more of a schedule in order to get the kids to bed at a decent hour. Throw in soccer practice and homework and the hours between school pick-up and bedtime get a little hectic.
So, I thought I’d share some easy family recipes: ones that don’t take much prep or cooking time. My go-to’s that stop me from going through the drive-thru or defaulting to pb&j’s on soccer nights. Not that there’s anything wrong with those options every once in a while!
The first one I’m sharing is Easy, Creamy Italian pasta. I often make this without the chicken or veggies, but serve it with a side salad. It only takes a few minutes longer than boiling the water and cooking the pasta. It makes enough to feed my family of five with some leftovers.
- 16oz box of pasta (I like bowties)
- 1/2 cup butter
- 1 cup whipping cream
- 1/2 cup grated parmesan cheese
- 1 package dry Italian dressing
- 2-3 cooked and seasoned chicken breasts(optional)
- 1-2 cups veggies (your choice- asparagus tips work well) (optional)
- If adding chicken to your dish, brown and cook while water is boiling for pasta. I used Italian-seasoned chicken in this case, but have made this without chicken more often than not.
- Cook pasta according to directions, drain, and return to pot.
- Cut butter into pieces and stir into cooked pasta until melted.
- Add whipping cream, parmesan cheese, and Italian dressing. Stir until combined.
- Sauce will thicken upon sitting(only a few minutes).
If desired, top with chicken and/or mix veggies in with your pasta.
Easy, quick meal that even my pickiest eater likes!
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