I bought Velvetta today. That makes twice in my lifetime… it’s not a normal staple around here but I was feeling the need for comfort food on this first gloomy looking Fall day. Plus, I was at Grocery Outlet and found some GREAT deals.
Tonight I am only cooking for 5, however this could serve 7-8.
This is comfort food at it’s finest…for $7.94 + sides (For a gluten free pasta meal, this is a GREAT price).
1 lb. GF pasta (Pasta d’oro Fettucine $1.69 pkg)
1.5lbs frozen chicken breast tenders (half of a 3lb bag @ $6.99= $3.50)
1lb frozen organic broccoli (2lb pack crowns only, $2.99= $1.50)
1/2 lb Velvetta (2lb loaf for $3.99 = $1.00)
1 cup milk (.25)
salt, pepper, & garlic powder to taste
I cook the chicken from it’s frozen state over medium heat in a stainless skillet, with a lid. Check frequently to, add liquid (or olive oil) if needed and turn. Season with salt, pepper, & garlic powder. Once cooked through (or mostly), dice into bite size pieces and return to skillet with some olive oil to brown.
While the chicken is cooking, bring a large pot of water to a boil. Add pasta and a drizzle of olive oil. Cook 8 minutes, then add frozen broccoli, cook until pasta is tender tender. Drain & set aside.
Once the chicken is cooked through and nicely browned, add Velvetta chunks and 1 cup milk. Simmer on low heat until Velvetta is melted and you have chicken in a nice, creamy sauce.
Combine sauce with pasta; add a side of green salad and a bowl of grapes, serve, eat, smile.
Flavor variations: Tex-Mex? Add 1 cup salsa of choice or a can of R0-tel to sauce. Less cheesy? Add 1 cup cream of mushroom soup (homemade!) to sauce and increase milk if needed. Feeling the moo? Sub ground beef for the chicken. This is also awesome with ground sausage if you desire spice!
Have a bit more time? Mix everything together, pour into a prepared glass baking dish, top with broken Lay’s plain potato chips and grated Parmesan cheese. Bake at 350 until golden and bubbly (about 20 minutes).
Advance prep for future dinners…
The broccoli came in a 2 lb package but was nicely divided into 1 lb bags inside. Label 2nd bag- Cheesy Chicken Pasta.
Place the other 1.5lbs chicken into a large freezer bag. Label bag- Cheesy Chicken Pasta
Cut the Velvetta into 80z chunks, place in small zip bags, back in box.
Place chicken and broccoli together in the freezer, make sure you have an extra bag of pasta ready to go.
Now you have a quick prep meal for the future. Use all open Velvetta within 8 weeks.