When my kids were younger, they had a “thing” for packaged noodle and rice mixes. You know the kind, you mix them with water, milk, butter and the mysterious spice packet – and 10 – 12 minutes later….noodles (or rice)! They especially loved the sour cream variety.
As we started trying to eliminate the junk out of our diet (preservatives, additives, food dyes, excess sodium, etc.) it became obvious that those types of foods had to go. I began replacing them with real food and we haven’t looked back!
This recipe is perfect because it’s simple, fast and really, really good! The kids love it – and it makes so much more than one little store-bought package! I make this often – it goes well with all types of food. A particular favorite is to pair it with grilled barbecue chicken or roasted vegetables.
Sour Cream and Chive Noodles
6 ounces dried pasta, cooked (I use angel hair for this)
1 cup sour cream
1/2 cup butter
1/3 cup minced onion
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 tablespoons chives, chopped (if I don’t have chives, I use green onions)
salt and pepper to taste
In a saucepan, melt butter over medium heat. Add onion and garlic – cook until soft. Whisk in sour cream and chives. Taste for seasonings – adding salt and pepper. Toss with pasta and serve immediately.
This recipe serves 6 and costs $1.65 to make – not only is it cheaper to make this from scratch, it also yields more and tastes better!
What are your favorite packaged food “makeovers”? Do you try to make them taste the same – or do you turn them into a completely different dish? I’d love to hear from you!