Thursday, October 11, 2012

Tasty Thursday - 10/11

I have fallen in love with the Progresso Recipe Starters (like you couldn't tell...this being my third post about it) and I wanted to share with you my latest creation...this time using the Creamy Parmesan Basil sauce.  I got the recipe from their website and gathered my ingredients.  I didn't use their ingredients exactly as stated because I pre-cook and shred chickens I cook in the crock pot and I make my own beans and freeze them after cooking.

  • Ingredients

    • 2 2/3 cups uncooked penne pasta (8 oz)
    • 2 cups chopped deli rotisserie chicken
    • 1 can (19 oz) Progresso® cannellini beans or other canned white beans, drained, rinsed
    • 1 can (18 oz) Progresso™ Recipe Starters™ creamy Parmesan basil cooking sauce
    • 1/4 cup shredded Parmesan cheese
    • 1 1/2 teaspoons Italian seasoning
    • 1 cup diced tomato
    • 1/4 cup Progresso® Italian style panko crispy bread crumbs
  • Directions

    1. Cook and drain pasta as directed on package. Heat oven to 375°F.
    2. In ungreased 11x7-inch (2-quart) glass baking dish, place pasta, chicken and beans. In small bowl, mix cooking sauce, Parmesan cheese, Italian seasoning and 1/2 teaspoon salt. Pour over top of pasta, chicken and beans.
    3. Cover with foil. Bake 25 minutes. Remove foil; top with tomato and bread crumbs. Bake uncovered 5 to 8 minutes or until top just starts to brown and mixture is bubbly.

Here's the final product (yep, a serving is missing out of it because I couldn't stop the kids quick enough before I grabbed the camera).

This was a great dish, but I recommend the following changes:

  • This needed a lot of salt....could be because I chose to use beans that weren't canned.
  • It didn't have a lot of zing to it, so next time I make it, I'll add some red pepper flakes to the sauce.
How about you.....have you tried any of their Recipe Starters yet, and if so....did you use one of their recipes or make one of your own?


Kelly R said...

Thank you so much for sharing this with us, I will have to try making this..

Kim Croisant said...

This would be interesting to make. I would have to read about the salt content first. Thanks for sharing!!

Tina @ My Highest Self said...

I haven't tried these yet, I'm with you I like a lot of zing so I would make those same changes!

Mom Caboodle said...

That looks so good...I will have to try it!
Thanks for sharing :)

Mrs. Stephens said...

I love the recipe starters. I am so upset with myself I had a bunch of coupons go to waste. I use it to make mac and cheese and it was amazing.

Susan said...

I haven't tried the recipe starters but this sounds great!

Amanda McMahon said...

i hadn't heard of these before, i may have to check them out.

Emily said...

Okay, that looks so good! And I hate trying to make good sauces so I'm definitely going to buy these recipe starters!

Sabrina Ramirez said...

This looks so good. Now, I'm hungry.

Amanda Taylor said...

You have me drooling over here!! Looks SOOO good!

Close to Home said...

looks great, we enjoyed using our sauces too.

Erinn Sluka said...

Looks great! I saved this to my favorites! Erinn Sluka from

Becky Elmuccio said...

Looks like a great recipe. I'll have to check out the starter pack ingredients to figure out how to make them from scratch.

Natasha Dythia said...

YUM! I need to look for these the next time I am at the store!

crunchyfarmbaby said...

Yummy! I haven't heard of these before - I'll have to check them out. Is the sodium content really high?

An Ordinary Housewife said...

I've heard of them, but haven't yet had a chance to try them. That recipe looks yummy though!