Thursday, March 17, 2011

Man Cooking: Alfredo Pierogies

Last night was one of the rare nights that my husband made dinner. He knew he was going to be home from work early and decided to use food that we had in the house to make dinner for us.

He could have copped out and heated up our pot pie leftovers. He could have stopped for pizza. But, he cooked. Which he can do, he just doesn’t very often.

While at work he thought about what we had in the house…we had some frozen vegetables like pre-cut bell peppers and artichoke hearts from Trader Joe’s, we had light Alfredo-Parmesan sauce, we had onions and we had pierogies. So he googled Alfredo Pierogies and what would you know, there were recipes for it.

He didn’t use a recipe, he was just checking to see if people had ever done this before. Since they had, he formed a plan in his mind.

First he chopped up some red onion and sautéed it in a pan along with the pre-sliced bell peppers and artichoke hearts.

Then, he sautéed the pierogies in another pan until they were heated through. He burned parts of the pierogies slightly, but that was because he forgot to put a little oil or margarine in the pan. He also forgot a drop of oil for the vegetables, but luckily they didn’t burn! (This is where it is obvious he doesn’t cook much!)

Once the pierogies were heated, he combined them with the vegetables and poured some of the light Alfredo-Parmesan sauce into the pan. The pan then went into the oven at 375 degrees F for about 7-10 minutes to complete the heating process. Two minutes before they were done, he added freshly grated Parmesan cheese to the pan to melt over the pierogies.

He told me he had toyed with the idea of adding some crushed red pepper for extra taste, and it definitely would have worked. I could also see him adding some oregano. The only other thing I would have changed is slicing the artichoke hearts in half instead of leaving them whole.

This was a quick meal that took him about a half hour to prepare, and it was very tasty! Thanks for cooking! :-)

Ingredient List:

Poppy’s Pierogies (Potato & Onion flavor) – 8 (4 per person)
Sliced bell peppers, mixed colors
Artichoke hearts
Ragu Light Alfredo-Parmesan sauce
Onion, chopped – amount used depends on how much you want
Freshly grated Parmesan cheese

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