Last week I was having some serious pasta cravings, knew I'd have a couple extra mouths to feed, and wanted to have meals I could finish before school got out so I could take the kids out on the bike trail to wear them out enjoying gorgeous weather. Phew! That was a mouthful! I've also recently felt guilty that the 4-5:30 timeframe has me in the kitchen making dinner and the kids pretty much on their own. I get so little time around Easton with his long school days, it's just not working for me. He's one darn cute good kid and I love that his brother and sister are eager to have him home every day. The cousins too - they seem to come alive when he's home. No pressure, dude!
Back to the kitchen: So I have tried many alfredo sauce recipes over the years in search of one that Ryan will think lives up to his favorite Olive Garden dish. This is the closest I've found but sadly his spring allergies have stolen his taste buds so he couldn't give me a rave review on this maiden voyage. My kids were weirded out by bowtie pasta and "stuff" in it -- bacon, green onions mostly. A couple friends helped me eat the leftovers for lunch the next day and requested the recipe so I thought it worth passing on. I liked that it was easy to make ahead, freeze, or drop off as yummy comfort food for someone else.
I made this dish with their recommended "Guiltless Alfredo" sauce and should have made more sauce for my entire 12 oz box of pasta to stretch it to a 9x13 casserole pan rather than the 8 oz of pasta for an 8x8 dish . . . and because we love extra sauce.