Chicken & Goat Cheese Pasta | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

Chicken & Goat Cheese Pasta

Chicken & Goat Cheese Pasta | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

Have I mentioned I hate dieting? Not allowing myself to eat whatever I want whenever I want just sort of ruins everything. I find that I’m just sort of angry all the time. So really, it’s not fun for anyone. 

But I’m supposed to want a hot body. And I kinda do. I want to look in the mirror and like what I see. I don’t want to feel gross. But I also want mac and cheese. And cake. So much cake. I want to read books and watch Lord of the Rings for the hundredth time. I definitely don’t want to run or do push ups. So you can see my dilemma. 

Well, here’s one more mac and cheese for the road, I guess. Well who am I kidding? We all know that I won’t be able to keep up any sort of non-cheese regime. Instead, let’s make it special.

Chicken & Goat Cheese Pasta | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

Chicken & Goat Cheese Pasta is flavored with rosemary, and it elevates mac and cheese to something almost sophisticated. The flavors are subtle and oh so right. It’s a creamy, cheesy dream.

I used transformer chicken in my pasta, but you can use  rotisserie chicken or whatever you prefer. I also discovered that this pasta isn’t as good reheated as it was the first time around, so if you’re only serving a few people, you might consider halving the recipe.

Chicken & Goat Cheese Pasta | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

Let’s all eat and be happy. Maybe we eat a little less, but there’s no reason not to make it special. Just go ahead and make the Chicken and Goat Cheese Pasta and enjoy your life.

Chicken & Goat Cheese Pasta
Serves 8
Chicken & Goat Cheese Pasta is a sophisticated take on mac and cheese.
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Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
20 min
Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
20 min
Ingredients
  1. 1 pound rigatoni
  2. 1 quart cream
  3. 2 tablespoons chopped fresh rosemary
  4. 1 clove garlic, crushed and peeled
  5. 8 ounces goat cheese, chopped into cubes
  6. 2 cups shredded or chopped cooked chicken
  7. salt and pepper to taste
Instructions
  1. Put a large pot of water on to boil. Once it's boiling, add plenty of salt, and drop your pasta in, stirring occasionally to make sure it doesn't stick together. Boil for 10 minutes, then drain and return to the pot.
  2. While your pasta is doing its thing, add the cream to a sauce pan over medium low heat. Add in the rosemary and garlic clove, and bring the cream to a simmer. Be careful not to let it boil. Let it simmer for a few minutes to reduce and thicken. Add in the goat cheese and stir until it melts.
  3. Once your sauce and pasta are both ready, add the sauce and the chicken to the pasta, and toss it all together to combine. Add salt and pepper to taste. Serve hot and happy.
Adapted from My Baking Addiction
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40 Awesome Recipes to Summon the Sunshine We’ve been having one of those days where it’s cold and rainy but also sunny at the same time. It’s a horrible trick. Rude almost. I’m done with the wind and the rain. I’m ready to hold onto that sunshine. I don’t know whether or not Scotland will deliver, so I’m going to turn to my kitchen . If we can’t have real sun, at least maybe we can put some sunshine on a plate. Or in a glass, as the case may be. 

Here’s 40 awesome recipes to bring some sunshine into your life, whether or not you’re getting any out your window.

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Mini Cheddar Meatloaves | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

This past winter was nothing but hygge, hygge, hygge. We were all about comfort, and I was feeling it. Just because spring is here, I’m not about to let go of that feeling of warmth and comfort. I’m burning candles with bright, citrusy scents. I’m keeping my throw blankets handy when the temperature dips in the evening. And I’m making my very favorite comfort foods. Who’s gonna stop me?

Mini Cheddar Meatloaves | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

The meatloaf evangelist is back. I’m not about to apologize because I wish I was eating this meatloaf right now. Each individual portion is studded with shredded cheddar cheese, and that glaze is everything. It’s a little bit sweet and a little bit sour, and I want to swim in it.

This mixture is very wet before going into the oven, so it. stays moist and tender. Serving up individual-sized portions means everyone gets plenty of glaze, plenty of crunch, and plenty of goodness. I’m seriously making myself so hungry right now. Serve this up with ranch mashed potatoes, and everyone will be so happy.

Mini Cheddar Meatloaves | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

Mini Cheddar Meatloaves for life. Make it happen.

Mini Cheddar Meatloaves
Serves 4
Mini Cheddar Meatloaves will have you craving classic comfort food.
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Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
45 min
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
45 min
Ingredients
  1. 1 egg
  2. 3/4 cup milk
  3. 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  4. 1/2 cup quick-cooking oats
  5. 2 green onions, thinly sliced
  6. 1 teaspoon salt
  7. 1 pound ground beef
  8. 2/3 cup ketchup
  9. 1/4 cup brown sugar
  10. 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  11. 2 teaspoons lemon juice
Instructions
  1. Preheat your ven to 350 and spray a rectangular baking dish with non-stick spray.
  2. In a large bowl, whisk together your egg and milk, then stir in the cheese, oats, onion, and salt.
  3. Add the beef to the mixing bowl and gently combine with your hands. Form this mixture into four min loaves and place them in your baking dish.
  4. In a small bowl, whisk together the ketchup, brown sugar, Worcestershire sauce, and lemon juice. Spoon this evenly over each of your meatloaves.
  5. Bake for 45 minutes. Allow to cool for about ten minutes before serving.
Adapted from Circle of Friends Cookbook - 25 Meatloaf Recipes
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