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  • If using chicken instead, I love using boneless chicken breasts

    • by Cheri

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      Back about twenty years when my kids were on the W.I.C. program, there was a load of recipes that were given out for staying to a budget and learning how to cook from scratch. There is some recipes to this day I use.

      Now when I tell someone tuna spaghetti a lot of people would go yuck! But never knock something until you try it. When the doubters try mine, they instantly love it! The reason is you can use chicken instead of tuna and different types of pasta. The main thing to this recipe is the sauce. This is why it is so easy and simple to make along with saving money. Most ingredients are laying around the house.

      You will need milk, Italian seasoning or oregano, garlic powder or minced garlic, onion powder or pieces or real finely chopped minced onion about a quarter to half a cup, and cream of chicken or cream of mushroom soup. I

      use both soups to blend the flavors if I am making a big batch.

      Make sure to rinse your soup cans out with milk. Do not use too much or your sauce can be too runny. Season your sauce to your taste and simmer extremely low for a good thirty minutes to an hour. The longer you simmer your sauce, the more your flavors will blend.

      If there is a couple of you, then use one can of tuna. If you are feeding four or more people, use a minimum of two cans and then just double up the recipe for every four people you are feeding.

      If using chicken instead, I love using boneless chicken breasts. Using two large pieces can be used for four people easily. Boil the chicken and cook it in some chicken broth. Do not fry the chicken. After the chicken is cooked, then cut into bite size chunks. Add to your sauce after ...

      • the sauce has cooked about thirty minutes. Let the chicken absorb the flavors of the sauce and soak in.

        With tuna fish, it is much quicker. Just add only a drop of juice and drain the rest. Remember to use a fork to flake the tuna while adding to the sauce. The longer it cooks, the more fishy it could taste. It just depends if you mixed the seasonings into the sauce correctly.

        The last main ingredient to add is cheese. I will use left over packets of Pizza Hut cheese for Parmesan or if you happen to have any laying around sprinkle a little bit it and add mild cheddar along with it to the sauce. This will thicken the sauce up and add even more flavor. Let it simmer for about fifteen minutes.

        The additional items to add, which is optional, is carrots, mushrooms, or black olives. I use black olives and mushrooms. Never add black olives until right

        at the end. Mushrooms I add about thirty minutes to add more flavor to the sauce.

        Use half a pound to a pound of spaghetti, rotini, macaroni, or noodles of your choosing for the recipe. Again it just depends how many people you need to feed.

        The budget way to do this is use a large bowl and add drained pasta first then mix the sauce into it. It will make the food go farther by combining everything. You can add a touch of butter to the pasta first to toss or a little olive oil.

        Even add a little more Parmesan cheese with the pasta or after mixing together. Or add some more individually after serving. After mixing all together, you can also add Italian breadcrumbs as a topping to this awesome dish.

        Add a salad and bread to round out the meal. Everyone will get their tummy full and actually will eat pretty healthy because of the ingredients in the sauce.

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