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Today at 5:00 PM, I will draw a name from a hat for a winner from all the comments given on Tuesday’s post – my own Ode to Trader Joe’s –  and that winner will be announced on tomorrow’s post. I’m using up the last of those Trader Joe ingredients, left from the sandwich, for this pasta. I spent $20.58 last Sunday (weekend shopping – yuck!) and made 3 full meals for a total of 14 servings. Even if you add in the few things I already had on hand; a couple of tablespoons olive oil, 1/2 cup white wine, parmesan, spaghetti…  that still comes to less than $2 per serving! Plus, all three dishes fit into the “Easy-Breezy” category – that cannot be beaten!

Pasta in a Hurry

1/2 pound dried whole-wheat spaghetti
2 tablespoons olive oil
8 garlic cloves, peeled and thinly sliced
6 medium tomatoes, roughly chopped
1/2 cup dry white wine
4 ounces of arugula leaves
1/2 pound cooked chicken, shredded or cubed
1/3 cup freshly grated or shredded parmesan cheese
1/2 cup cubed mozzarella-prosciutto cheese roll
Focaccia, if desired

Bring a large pot of water to a boil and cook the spaghetti until just al dente.

Meanwhile, heat a large skillet over high heat, add oil and then stir-fry the garlic until just golden, about 1 minute, be careful to not burn. Quickly add tomatoes and wine and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer for 2 minutes. Toss in the arugula and stir for about 30 seconds, just to wilt. Stir in the chicken and heat through, about 1 more minute.


Add the parmesan and mozzarella roll just before serving

Drain the pasta and add it to the skillet with the sauce. Toss well, and cook another minute, while stirring.  Add the parmesan cheese and mozzarella-prosciutto cheese roll cubes just before serving.

Serve with warmed focaccia, if desired.

Serves 4

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1 Kim S. { 02.04.10 at 11:14 AM }

This sounds yummy! I think my family would eat it! Thanks for the ideas!

2 Linda Hopkins { 02.04.10 at 2:25 PM }

Hi Kim, The sandwich is really great ‘vegetarian’ too, in that case, I just ‘beef up’ (excuse the pun) the veggies!

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