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WG_Dawg
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Would like some suggestions to improve a pasta recipe..


this is my first post on this board, because I am a total novice at cooking. Last night I made a dish that I thought up that is basically just a bunch of stuff I like all thrown together. It was:

-sausage (cooked in skillet with some Italian seasoning and a little Moores)
-Some tomato,pepper,and onion put on top of the sausage
-chicken strips cut into little pieces (cooked in skillet with garlic powder, some Italian seasoning and a little Moores)
-mixed all that in with some Penne with a little alfredo sauce.

It was very good, but I'm sure there are some little things that some more experienced cooks could recommend to make it better. One thing I will change next time is the alfredo sauce. I just picked one (rarely ever buy alfredo) and it wasn't very good, much more liquidy than I was expecting.

Other than that though, are there any other seasonings or spices or anything I should try to kick it up a notch? I know that what I did was fairly basic.







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Jones
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re: Would like some suggestions to improve a pasta recipe..


Make your own alfredo sauce. Probably make the dish much better just by doing that





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Dorothy
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a little Moores


What is this?

ETA: And I second making your own Alfredo, it's not that hard and makes it taste so much better.



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WG_Dawg
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What is this?


A black, liquid marinade that can go on all types of meats. I guess you could compare it to Dales, but not anywhere remotely close to as salty.





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WG_Dawg
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re: Would like some suggestions to improve a pasta recipe..


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Make your own alfredo sauce


Just find a recipe online? Like I said I'm pretty inexperienced in the kitchen.






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DEANintheYAY
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I can suggest just a few small tweaks. I make this pasta at least once a week most weeks, but without alfredo sauce.

Make sure to let your sausage stick on the bottom a bit, this will give you some color once you put in some veggies. After rendering sausage I put some onions in the pot and then a bit of liquid (beer, broth, water) to deglaze the pan a bit. I then put in serrano and garlic. Once that is cooked down nicely I throw whatever veggies I want in the pot (I often use Kale and mushrooms and sometimes tomatoes). Mix all this together and add some broth and let it cook a bit. Throw in pasta and toss. You could also boil your pasta in chicken broth and make it en brodo style where you reserve the chicken broth after draining paste.

And yes, TL;DR.






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CHEDBALLZ
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Put half a stick of butter in a skillet
Get it hot
Add you chicken and cook it about 4-5 minutes and remove it
Add some diced onion and cook it till its clear
Add some fresh chopped garlic and cook it another 2-3 minutes
Add a pint of half and half stir it all together but dont let it come to a boil
Add you chciken back along with some fresh grated parmesan cheese some fresh cracked black pepper salt italian seasoning
Serve over you pasta of choice.......






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BACONisMEATcandy
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Just find a recipe online? Like I said I'm pretty inexperienced in the kitchen.


They all start out the same.... It's just Butter, Heavy Cream, and Parmesan and then any type of seasonings and herbs you like

But you have to sit there and stir the whole time... worth it IMO






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CITWTT
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Throw that shite in your garbage can NOW. Cook all the meats in the same pan, the melange of flavors from the carbonization will mix when the liquid ingredients hit the pan. A simple reduced cream with parmesan will do for the dairy.





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LSUGUMBO
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Some tomato,pepper,and onion put on top of the sausage


Peppers, onions, and especially tomatoes will create a certain amount of juice as they cook, so you need to factor that in to the sauce that you're making. I made something similar to this last week, but added Philadelphia Cream Cheese Cooking Cream to it and did not serve it over pasta. It was very good, used all fresh veggies, and was very filling. I will definitely try it again.







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WG_Dawg
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Veggies is a good theme I'm seeing here that I never thought of. I love broccoli and that seems like it'd be easy enough to add to the mix.





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bdevill
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McCormick seasoning has a Mesquite marinade that you mix with a little water and olive oil and let your cubed chicken marinade overnight with some chopped onion, garlic and bellpeppers.



Brown your chicken, smother with those marinated onions,bell pepper, garlic, a few canned stewed tomatoes and marinade and let it cook a while.. If you like, you can add some blonde roux. Add your sausage. Stir in a can of cream of mushroom soup and some mild cheddar cheese.. (a small block of velveeta works if you're shameless)
Boil penne or rotini pasta on the side and drain.
In a large pot or serving bowl, combine your cooked ingredients with the pasta and serve.




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1STCoastTiger
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Instead of a cream sauce I suggest tossing all your ingredients with Olive oil and season with Salt and Pepper Maybe toss in some grated Parmesean cheese.





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Kantz
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Sausage probably didnt need any seasoning.
I wouldn't use the Moore's stuff in an alfredo.
Make sure you season your chicken and veggies with salt and pepper every step of the way.
Alfredo is an easy sauce, and most people find it very impressive if they've never made it. Definitely take the extra couple minutes to throw one together and dont use the parmesan that comes in a green can..it'll make your sauce gritty. Get the real stuff from the cheese aisle






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CITWTT
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Broccoli is harder to add to the mixture unless steamed/blanched separatey first as it doesn't cook quickly at all.





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kriskris
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I, personally, am not huge Alfredo fan. If you are going to stay with Alfredo, I would suggest a little paprika for a richer smokey flavor or crushed red pepper for kick. Add either one while cooking the meat and veggies, before you add the sauce.

I do agree with the facts above: tomatoes give off lots of water, cook your meats until they brown and deglaze the pan with a little broth, white wine, or even beer...actually, any liquid will work and you can scrape the pan while the tomatoes are releasing their liquid. Different liquids will add different flavors. And yes, season as you go, each step. The trick is to add an ingredient, then season and taste before moving on to the next ingredient.

I like tomato sauces with this kind of dish and they make it less fattening. You can start easily by using store bought marinara, but may want to make your own, depending on flavor profiles (sweet, salty, tangy, etc)

Cooking is a cross between science and art and there is so much to learn. I love to watch and read anything from Alton Brown - he has taught me a lot. Ad I love to invite my friends over when I try a new dish. I make the promise that if it is gross, we can always order pizza!

Good luck and have fun!






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Mung
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Artichoke hearts, mushrooms, garlic, Parmesan...





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