A macaroni bar!
The office cafe often prepares personalized entrees that
are really fantastic- but a bit pricey!
They recently added a macaroni bar where you select the
ingredients to be combined with whatever noodles you choose.
They use small skillets to quickly stir fry your choices and
then add the sauce of your choice plus cheeses. In no time
flat you have a specialized meal.
So why not do it at home?
My selections were:
chicken, cubed and precooked- seasoned with Montreal Steak seasoning
orange sweet pepper, skin peeled
green onion, chopped including stems
spinach leaves, fresh
Parmesan grated, not the powdered type
(bacon would have been nice)
broccoli (that I forgot to add!)
I placed the chicken and vegetables into a buttered skillet
and cooked until the spinach was wilted.
I used Montreal Steak seasoning rather than the chicken
because I wanted more pepper in it.
I added the noodles and let them heat a little.
I then added the Alfredo sauce and continued to stir.
At the last minute I added the cheeses until they melted.
Since we like the same things I did not personalize this
but it would be easy to do using a second small skillet
or quickly wiping the skillet clean.
With precooking chicken, enough for two meals,I saved a lot of time.
I doubled what I needed and used half of the chicken
for quesadillas the night before. I sprinkled taco seasoning,
did a quick stir fry in bacon grease to add additional flavor
and mixed it with my cheeses before cooking
them on the flat grill.
I was not sure if my husband would like the macaroni bar
but he went back for seconds so I think it was a winner!