I mentioned before that Aldi has a growing selection of Organic, preservative-free, nitrate-free items to choose from at their famously low prices and I've been shopping there for a few months.
My husband was working late and I decided to rearrange the furniture in our master bedroom after homework was complete, before I knew it, the clock was nearing 7pm and the kids-occupied with hopping from mattress to boxsprings-hadn't eaten dinner. In about 20 minutes, this pasta & salad were on the table.
I followed Buddy Valastro's Penne Alla Vodka (minus the vodka) recipe, with a few adjustments.
- 1/2 c instead of 1c heavy cream (once it's whipped up, I find 1/2c to be plenty.)
- Bacon (Applegate or SimplyNature for uncured, preservative-free choices) instead of Pancetta.
- Whole wheat penne
- 28oz can of diced tomatoes because that's what Aldi has in Organic.
- (I added a splash of dry red wine to the onion & garlic before the tomatoes just because I had it.)
Gwyneth's standby-make the perfect compliment to this quick meal. My kids asked for thirds of the pasta and only two paid any attention to the salad. There was nothing but a big spoonful left for daddy when he got home.