2 Pasta Dishes Your Family Will Love

Here a 2 great pasta dishes guaranteed to please kids and adults alike.1. Macaroni & CheeseThe old stand-by with a twist!1 pound macaroni3 tablespoons butter3 tablespoons flour2 cups warm 1% fat milk1 cup grated low-fat cheddar cheese1 teaspoon Tabasco sauce1/2 teaspoon grated nutmeg1 teaspoon black pepper2 teaspoons saltBoil the macaroni in at least 4 quarts of salted water until just firm. Drain and set aside.In a saucepan over low heat, melt the butter. Stir in the flour and blend thoroughly. Let cook 2 minutes.Slowly add the warm milk, stirring constantly, until well blended. Add the cheese and Tabasco and continue stirring until the cheese is melted and whole mixture is smooth and thick. Place the macaroni in a deep oven-proof casserole. Pour the cheese mixture over and fold in. Place in a 400 degree F. oven for 20 minutes until hot through and browned on top.Serves 4.2. Twists with Chicken & Red Peppers2 Tablespoons olive oil1 small onion, finely chopped2 cloves garlic, finely chopped1 whole chicken breast, skinned and cut into julienne strips2 sweet red peppers chopped, or 2 roasted red peppers in a jar1/2 cup light cream1/2 teaspoon Tabasco sauce1 pound twists or any other short pastaIn a large skillet, saute’ the onion and garlic in the olive oil. Add the chicken and cook over medium heat, stirring often for 5 minutes until the chicken is lightly browned.Add the red peppers and cook for another 5 minutes or until soft and blended.Add the cream and Tabasco sauce and simmer for 5 minutes more. In the meantime, cook pasta in boiling salted water. Drain. Pour over the sauce, toss well and serve. Grated cheese is a good addition.Serves 4