Friday, December 6, 2013

Frugal Foodie Friday - Sausage Broccoli and Noodle Casserole

From the kitchen of One Perfect Bite...While this is a nice recipe for any cook in a hurry, it is a gift for those who must feed a family on a limited food budget. It's also wonderful for teenage cooks and  dormitory cooking. I found the recipe in Family Circle magazine and chose it because it because it was inexpensive to prepare. I had no expectations the first time I made the dish, but I was pleasantly surprised. For six dollars and ten minutes of my time, I ended up with a hearty and quite tasty meal that proved yet again, that I don't know as much as I think I do. There are no tricks to the preparation of this dish and you'll need no special equipment to make it. Its cost and ease of preparation make it a perfect choice for a frugal Friday feature and I think you will enjoy it.  Do give it a try. Here is how this very simple dish is made.

Sausage, Broccoli and Noodles...from the kitchen of One Perfect Bite courtesy of Family Circle magazine

3 (3 ounce) packages ramen noodle soup, chicken flavor
1/4 cup reduced-fat sour cream
1 tablespoon cornstarch
3 links sweet Italian turkey sausage, casings removed
3 cups frozen baby broccoli flowerets, thawed
Freshly cracked black pepper

1) Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Cook noodles for 2 minutes, reserving seasoning packets for later use. Drain noodles and set aside. In a small bowl, stir together sour cream and cornstarch. Set aside.
2) Cook sausage in a large nonstick skillet over medium heat, breaking up with a spoon, for 5 minutes or until cooked through.
3) Add broccoli, 1 cup water and 1-1/2 teaspoons of the ramen chicken seasoning to skillet. Cover and simmer over medium heat for 3 minutes or until broccoli is cooked through.
4) Remove cover and stir sour cream mixture into skillet. Cook for 1 minute or until sauce has thickened. Add noodles to skillet and toss to coat with sauce. Season to taste with freshly cracked pepper (I used 1/4 teaspoon). Serve immediately. Yield: 4 servings.

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Thanaa' Ra'ifah Maroun said...

wow I like the pastries, looks so yummy. Thanks for hosting this post.

David said...

Mary, This looks good and sounds great to me! The only change we'd make is that we'd use spicy Italian sausage... Take Care, Big Daddy Dave

Big Dude said...

Our son lived on Ramen a good part of his life and would love this good looking dish.

Beverly said...

Mary, my son and grandson would love this. They are true ramen lovers. I will definitely turn them on to this.

I hope you will share your holiday posts with us for Pink Saturday.

Pam said...

Don't believe I've ever made ramen noodle soup but now is the time. This sounds good!

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