Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Progressive Dinner

The Progressive Dinner is a Christmas tradition we have done in my family for years.
It started with my Dad's side of the family but we do it within our own family now that we are grown.
A Progressive Dinner is where each course is served at a different person's house.
We do soup, salad, a main course and dessert.
It's a fun way for us all to show off our houses during the holiday season.
Seeing as everyone had already had their turn, Erik and I took on the main course our first year.
It was fun but a lot of work. As a newlywed couple we wanted a meal that was cheap but still good. Here is what we went with.

Chicken Asparagus Penne
1 pound of asparagus
16 ounces of Penne
1/4 cup of Olive Oil
Salt and pepper to taste
Garlic powder to taste
1/4 cup of Parmesan cheese

Wash and trim off ends of the asparagus. 
Steam the asparagus and add salt and pepper to taste. 
Place the cooked asparagus in a pan and set aside.
Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to boil. Add pasta and cook.
Add pasta to the pan and set aside.
Warm 3 tablespoons of olive oil in a large skillet, stir in chicken.
Add salt, pepper and garlic powder too taste.
Cook until chicken is cooked through and browned.
Add chicken to pasta and asparagus.
Add olive oil and mix well together.
Top with Parmesan cheese and place in the oven on broil for five minutes or until cheese is melted.

This dish was perfect for the progressive dinner. We prepared it beforehand visited houses and threw it in the oven for five minutes when it was our turn. A quick tasty meal that didn't break the bank when feeding the whole family.
What else could you ask for? 

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