Today something for the kiddos. In honor of them going back to school. Something that is simple and yet a bit special for them. And your
I know how busy mom's are, especially if they work outside the home. Time is always precious . . . and quick and easy meals always come in handy. The more time you can spend with your family and the less time you have to spend slaving over a stove on those weeknights . . . the better.
This is quick . . . and easy . . . simple . . . and very family friendly. It can be economical too . . . if you use store brands, or the super saver brands . . . but I don't. I want real chicken breast meat in my nuggets . . . and some substance to my sauce . . . and I confess . . . I like a best quality pasta . . .
You can round it out with a simple salad and maybe some garlic toast.
5 ingredient entrees. You can't beat them.
Not Todd's favourite of course . . . it's the pasta, you know . . . but . . . meh! Sometimes it's good for me to feed my inner child. He had beans on toast. (Let me add, this is very easily cut down in proportions or pumped up to larger portions.)
*Baked Chicken Nugget Spaghetti*
A five ingredient meal for the kiddos that is surprisingly delicious! Who knew!
1/2 pound of dry spaghetti, broken in half
1 large jar of tomato pasta sauce (I like the Napolina brand, tomato and basil, as it's got a fab flavour and lots of texture. I need to use two jars as they are smaller than other kinds)
1 package (355g) of frozen breaded chicken nuggets (Use the ones that specifically are
made 100% with chicken breast meat. 4 serving size packet)
6 ounces of shredded mozzarella cheese
Optional, several dessertspoons of finely grated Parmesan Cheese (grate your own)
Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to the boil. Cook your spaghetti as per the directions and timings on the packet. Drain well and return to the saucepan. Stir in the pasta sauce. Set aside.
Preheat the oven to 200*C/400*F/ gas mark 5. Lightly spray a 13 by 9 inch baking dish ( or 4 indivudual gratin dishes) with some cooking spray. Spread the spaghetti evenly over the bottom of the dish, or divide it equally amongst the individual dishes. Top with the frozen chicken nuggets in a single layer.
Bake uncovered for about 8 minutes. Remove from the oven and flip all of the chicken nuggets over. Sprinkle with the Parmesan, if using and the mozzarella cheese. If you are using individual dishes, divide it equally amongst them. Return to the oven for a further 6 to 8 minutes, until the chicken is heated through and the cheese is melted. Serve immediately.