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Sunday, October 18, 2009

Romano's Macaroni Grill Creamy Basil Parmesan Chicken & Pasta

I'm changing it up today just a bit - last week I cooked dinner! (I know - WTF?) and am going to walk you through it...no idea why - just feel like it.

I got a free box of Romano's Macaroni Grill Creamy Basil Parmesan Chicken & Pasta. Okay - could it have a longer name??? They have five varieties...but I was sent this so I didn't get to choose. All you have to do is add chicken, butter and milk.

Here's what you get - it's all labeled and prepackaged into all the components. Helpful!

First, I cut the chicken into bite-sized pieces and sauteed them in a little oil (nice pan eh? too bad it doesn't get used much!).

Now you stir in the milk and the seasoning packet. Let it simmer...

All the while - boiling water and then adding the pasta packet.

Then you mix in the Creamy Sauce (foil packet) and the Sun Dried Tomatoes. Stir and heat through.

Mmm - looks pretty good!

Drain the pasta (duh)

Throw it in...

Stir it up and put the Parm on top...

And there you have it. I had a bowl for dinner and a bowl for lunch the next day. Says it serves 4 but I'm too lazy to make vegetables or side dishes for myself.

So what did I think?

It was pretty good for a box mix that a monkey could throw together (yes - even you Edith). I added salt and it really could have benefited from some mushrooms.

They cost about $4/box. Will I buy it? Nah...probably not. It was nice to have for a quick meal that took no planning. But - $4 seems like a lot when I still have to add stuff to it.

It did heat up fairly well for the leftovers...
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