by Ali Stevenson
So you think you can’t cook? Well, here’s a recipe to prove you wrong!
Craving something carb-heavy and filling? Want to impress a date? Or is noodles and Co. too far away? Look no further for an easy, recipe that will impress even your mom!
What you’ll need:
- Two Pots: One large pot and one quart sized pot
- Wooden or plastic stirring spoons. NOT metal. You should never stir a pot with anything metal.
- A mixing bowl or 2+ cup measuring cup
- A fork
- 1lb box of noodles (penne, fettuccini, and bowtie are all great)
- 1 pint of half-and-half (it is usually near the milk)
- Garlic salt
- 1/3 stick of butter
- 2 or 3 forkfuls of white flour or cornstarch (if you don’t want to buy a lot, check the bulk section in HyVee; you can buy small amounts of ingredients there)
- Chicken (three great precooked options are HyVee’s oven roasted chicken breast strips in the sandwich meat section, canned chicken breast which is near the tuna, and any leftover scraps from a rotisserie chicken)
- Vegetable(s) like broccoli, peas, artichoke hearts, etc.
- Dried parsley
- Start a large pot of water boiling. When the water is boiling, add half a pound (half a box) of noodles. Stir occasionally.
- If you are planning on adding chicken or a vegetable, now would be a good time to cook those.
- In a measuring cup or large bowl, add the whole pint of half-and-half and stir in the three heaping forkfuls** of flour. If you are using cornstarch use only 2 forkfuls. Make sure there are no flour clumps in the mix.
- Add the butter in a quart sized or bigger pot. Turn the heat on high, and wait until butter is melted. Once butter is melted take it off the heat and slowly add garlic salt. Shake a little bit in the pot, stir the butter, and smell it. Keep adding small amounts until you can clearly smell garlic (the smell shouldn’t knock you over but you shouldn’t be questioning whether it smells like garlic).
- Re-stir the half and half mixture to make sure the flour is evenly mixed. Turn the heat down to ¾ max and add the half-and-half mixture. Stir constantly to avoid the half-and-half burning on the bottom.
- This is the tricky part: Keep it on the heat until it begins to thicken, stirring constantly. It should take 5-10 minutes. Remove it from the heat when it reaches the final consistency of alfredo sauce. If in doubt, keep it on the heat a minute longer. The sauce will thicken a bit more as it cools, but its best to get it right while its hot!
- Pour sauce over noodles and mix. Sprinkle parmesan cheese to your liking. And if you want to get fancy, a few shakes of dried parsley makes it look restaurant ready! Enjoy!
** This is a heaping forkful: