When I saw this recipe in a cookbook recently, I immediately wanted to give it a try. I’m glad I did! Though it uses ingredients that we typically have on hand, it has a very different flavor than the pasta dishes we usually consume.
(Significantly adapted from the Favorite Brand Name One-Dish Recipes cookbook.)
- 16 oz. spaghetti noodles
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 2 chicken breasts, cut into strips
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 teaspoon ground cumin
- Several dashes salt and pepper
- 1 cup diced bell pepper (color of your choice)
- 1 medium onion, chopped
- 1 cup salsa or pico de gallo
- ½ cup sour cream
- 2 cups homemade Alfredo sauce or 1 jar (16 oz.) Alfredo sauce
Prepare the spaghetti according to package directions.
Heat the oil in a large, deep skillet over medium-high heat. Add the chicken and garlic. Sprinkle with the cumin, salt, and pepper; stir-fry for 2 minutes. Add in the bell pepper, onion, and salsa. Cook over medium heat for 4 minutes. Reduce the heat to low and add the sour cream and Alfredo sauce. Simmer for 7-10 minutes or until the chicken is no longer pink in the center, stirring occasionally.
Drain the spaghetti and transfer it to serving plates. Top with the chicken mixture. Yield: 5 servings.
I would never have thought to combine Alfredo sauce with salsa, but the flavors—the mellowness of the Alfredo sauce and the spice of the salsa—complement one another so well! It’s truly a unique flavor. It was spicy enough to please my husband’s taste buds, but mild enough that my toddler enjoyed it.
The ingredients for this dish cost approximately $7.87, which is just $1.57 per serving. If you’re looking to put something novel and flavorful on the table, give this dish a try!