Thursday, July 24, 2014

Cavatelli Pasta - Guest Post by Cooking on a Budget

Tell me about it...

I asked my very good friend Patty from "Cooking on a Budget" if she could guest blog for me, as I;
1.  Love her recipes
2. They are budget friendly, (duh the name Didi)
3. Are super easy to make

Imagine my surprise when she said "yes"!  I was over the moon I say, over the moon!
I have to say, Patty's recipes are always delicious, but what I love most about Patty and her amazing blog is the ease of her recipes with no "out of this world, I have to buy this $$$ zillion dollar bottle of spices to use but for one time" kind of blog.  Well as you know my friends, I am all about the money!  So this spoke well and true to my heart...
Let's just say, we connected.  I am honored to showcase one of Patty's amazing recipes on my blog.  I am more honored to call her my friend!! ♥

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 This is another one of Patty's recipes that literally made me drool and is on "make now" list!!  One Pot Farfalle Pasta Sausage Dinner

On to Patty's recipe... 

Hello everyone. My name is Patty Anderson and I am owner of a food blog titled, "Cooking on a Budget". Didi and I met on social media (Facebook) this past winter season. We instantly connected and formed a wonderful friendship on line.
Most recently Didi has recommitted herself to spending more time cooking and blogging her own recipes and decided it was time to have a little make over on her blog. With that in mind she also thought that it would be great to have an occasional guest blogger come over with a recipe. How delighted am I that she chose me? I was thrilled, excited and it felt really, really good to be asked.
The recipe I chose to make and showcase here on Didi's blog represents the whole idea behind my blog which is to feed your family well and still maintain a decent food budget. This is a simple and inexpensive recipe that you could actually eat as a meal for lunch or dinner. It's delicious and filling. It would also make a lovely side dish to any poultry recipe. It would go absolutely wonderful alongside my Panko Crusted Chicken Cutlets for instance. I have fresh sage growing in the garden so that basically was my inspiration for this delicious and tasty pasta recipe.
  • 1 cup half and half
  • 1 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1/4 cup chicken broth
  • 1 tbsp. fresh sage - chopped
  • 2 tsp. cornstarch
  1. Over medium heat add the half and half to a sauce pot and let it get nice and warm, but not bubbling around the edges.
  2. Then add in the Parmesan cheese and mix really well. Cook for a couple of minutes or so on medium low heat.
  3. Add in the sage and stir and cook for a few minutes to allow the sage flavor to develop.
  4. On the side mix the cornstarch with the chicken broth until the cornstarch is fully incorporated.
  5. Add that mixture to the pan and turn the heat to medium low and keep stirring until incorporated and allow the sauce to thicken just slightly. You want to sauce to coat the back of a spoon nicely. It only takes a few minutes.
This dish comes together so quickly and is not expensive at all. If you had to purchase a small amount of fresh sage the total cost for the dish is about $4.72, feeding four people. My cost was around $3.43. If you want to substitute dried sage for fresh sage, use 1 teaspoon of the dried sage.

Didi has been so kind in that she wants me to put my social media links here on the page, so you can follow me on:

I hope you have enjoyed today's post, and are already following Patty as I am.  I plan on asking my amazing foodie friend bloggers for more of their recipes, because, "diversity is the spice of life", and "talent is to share not hoard".  That's my philosophy, and I'm sticking to it...

Till next time!

Dishin with Didi