The other night I made a pasta dish that I think may have to become a regular in our house. It was from a copycat recipe type book but I've modified it just a touch to make it more healthier.
In college...and I've attended several - another day, another post...I worked at Outback Steakhouse - again several. While I was working there they didn't have the Cyclone Pasta on the menu, but they are known for their big, bold flavors and this recipe sounded pretty good so I thought I'd give it a go.
It was pretty easy. The most difficult tasks were chopping and boiling up some chicken. I measured everything out to show you all the goodies:
In the little dishes we've got chicken, onion, sun-dried tomatoes, ham, mushrooms and garlic
All you do is boil and drain the pasta, then dump everything in the pot and mix it up.
Before sauce & mixing
Then put everything in a pan, top with Parmesan cheese and bake for 20 minutes. Super.Easy.
Yum Yum! The three of us only ate about 1/3 of it so it's going to make good lunch leftovers and a whole second night dinner too :)
So here's the recipe:
Outback Steakhouse Cyclone Pasta
1 cup sliced sun-dried tomatoes
1 cup sliced shiitake mushrooms
1 medium onion, chopped
16oz jar of Alfredo sauce (I used Classico Light Alfredo Sauce - and next time I would add more than 1 jar)
1 cup chopped cooked chicken breast
1 cup chopped ham (I bought 2 thick slices of deli meat and cubed them)
1 pound cooked penne pasta (I used whole wheat)
1 tablespoon dried oregano (readers who have made the recipe suggest using less)
1 tablespoon dried thyme (couldn't find mine so I left it out)
1/4 cup minced garlic (seemed a bit much to me so I probably used 1/8 cup- you may want the full 1/4)
1+ cup(s) shredded Parmesan cheese
- Preheat oven to 375 and spray a 13'x9' pan with cooking spray.
- Combine all of the ingredients, except for the Parmesan cheese, and pour into the pan.
- Top with Parmesan cheese
- Bake, uncovered, for 20 minutes or until the top begins to brown
Easy, weeknight dinner that will leave you with leftovers!