Friday, April 25, 2014

Creamy Garlic Shells

* 8 oz pasta
* 1 tbsp olive oil
* 1 tbsp butter
* 2 garlic cloves, minced
* 2 tbsp flour
* 3/4 cup chicken broth
* 3/4 cup milk
* salt and pepper to taste
* 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese
* 1/2 tsp garlic powder
* 2 tsp dried parsley flakes

1. Cook the pasta as directed on the package.  Drain and then set aside in a serving bowl.  Cover to keep warm.
2. Using the same pot, melt the butter in the olive oil over medium heat.  Add the garlic and saute for 30 seconds or until fragrant. Sprinkle in the flour and whisk for one minute.
3. Slowly pour in the chicken broth, then the milk, whisking constantly until smooth.  Season with salt and pepper.
4. Stir the sauce continuously for 4-5 minutes or until the sauce has thickened.
5. Remove the pot from the heat and stir in the Parmesan cheese, garlic powder and parsley flakes.  Pour this over the pasta and stir to combine.  Serve and enjoy!

Garlic shells - yum!  This is a fabulous replacement for those convenience pasta side dishes that you can pick up at the grocery store.  It was easy - the hardest part was prepping the ingredients and that wasn't hard.  :)  I used skim milk and it worked well; you can use whatever kind of milk or cream you have in your fridge when you try this (which you should!).

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