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Quick and Delicious Pasta

On a Friday night I never want to spend a lot of time in kitchen cooking dinner. I want something fast, inexpensive, and delicious. Today on my way home from work I was inspired to cook something comforting. This is what I came up with.

Pesto Alfredo Pasta

You’ll Need

1 small carton of fresh alfredo sauce

1 small jar of pesto

1 lb of pasta (any is fine, I used Rigatoni)

2 red peppers diced

1 medium onion diced

2 italian sausages (raw, taken out of casing)

1/2 cup parmesan cheese

How to make it:

Start by putting sausage, peppers, and onions in a pan and cooking on med-high until the sausage is cooked through. **Note that the sausage will stick together if you don’t mix it well throughout the cooking process. Once everything is cooked drain, as sausage can be quite fatty. Add in the alfredo sauce and pesto to the pan. Mix well together and simmer on low. While the sauce is simmering par-cook the pasta. You want the pasta to be still chewy because it will be baked. Once the pasta is par-cooked put the pasta in an oven safe dish and mix with the sauce. Top with parmesan cheese and broil until the cheese browns.

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Substitutions and Notes:

1. Pesto can be very strongly flavoured. Take a whiff of the pesto. If it smells like it will be too rich, add less. The idea of the pesto is to spruce up typical alfredo

2. Alfredo sauce can be substituted with any store bought sauce. Ideally homemade sauce tastes better, and is healthier, but this is a Friday night meal, not a Monday night meal.

3. If sausage isn’t your thing diced chicken works well. When I mix chicken in my pasta I like to cook it separatly from the veggies just to make sure its food safe.

4. If sausage is your thing, try different kinds, but make sure the seasonings in the sausage don’t counteract with the sauce and pasta. For example, lamb and fennel sausages might not pair well.


Sweet Potato and Chorizo Soup

Cold weather makes people crave warm, filling comfort food. The problem with comfort food is it leaves us feeling rather uncomfortable later! Here is a delicious recipe adapted from Jamie Oliver’s Cookbook – Jamie’s Food Revolution.

You will need:

2 carrots roughly chopped

2 medium onions roughly chopped

2 celery stalks roughly chopped

4 sweet potatoes roughly chopped

1.5 links of chorizo sausage (hot or mild) cut into slices *I typically get one of each

.5 links of chorizo sausage – cubed or cut into thin rounds

1 1/2 cartons of chicken broth (low sodium)

2 – 3 tbsp curry powder (depending on your taste)

1 – 2 tsp chipotle powder

salt and pepper to taste


Put chopped vegetables, and chorizo (not the cubed chorizo!) into a large pot and let cook down on medium high for 10 – 15 minutes. After the vegetables ave softened add in chicken broth, curry powder, chipotle powder and salt and pepper. Let simmer on stove for at least 30 minutes. Once everything has cooked through run an immersion blender through the soup until smooth. Once the soup is smooth put in the remaining chorizo sausage!

Notes and Substitutions

1. Sweet potatoes and Yams are very close in taste and in this recipe I feel they can be interchanged. If you are going to use yams instead of sweet potatoes your soup will be oranger in hue and may taste slightly sweeter.

2. Chorizo Sausage can be purchased uncooked and smoked. Typically I buy smoked chorizo, as I prefer the taste and find that cooked chorizo renders less fat while it is heating through. If you want to use uncooked chorizo I suggest cooking the chorizo through before to avoid the extra fat in your dish.

3. If you don’t have chicken broth you can substitute vegetable broth. In my experience with vegetable broth I find it needs more seasoning than when chicken broth is used.

4. Chipotle and curry can not only be aquired tastes but they can also be spicy! If the soup is too spicy for all people who will be enjoying, serve with some plain yogurt, or sour cream to lessen the blow of the spices


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For the past two years I have been avidly budgeting my grocery bill with the goal of being able to spend approximately $20 / month on food for myself. Although I have had struggles and have not been able to consistently do this I have learned many different recipes, budgeting and shopping tricks that I think need to be shared.

My blogs are going to consist of advice, points, and of course recipes for people looking to spend less on their next grocery bill!

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