Creamy pasta completely reminiscent of boxed Pasta Roni, but with real ingredients and ready just as quickly. This better-for-them, kid-loving recipe is a parent’s secret weapon.
When I was in college, specifically my junior year when I lived in an apartment and had to actually feed myself for the first time, my go-to dinner was battered fish filets and sour cream and chive Pasta Roni. Graduate school, I moved on to pringles and cream cheese since that was even less effort, but for undergrad it was frozen fish and pasta from a box. …seriously. And to this day, every once in a while, I’ll get a little craving for this totally unhealthy but, at least to me, kinda yummy food.
A couple weeks ago, I had one of these cravings, and I grabbed a box of the pasta roni. And so now I’m walking through the store getting the other stuff I needed, but I kept looking at the box. “What am I doing?” kept popping in my head. “What if someone sees me buy this crap?” …then finally, “I am SO much better than this now!” And with that, I put the box back, picked up some light sour cream, and checked out.
This CopyCat Sour Cream and Chive Pasta Roni recipe is fast, easy, and so much better than anything in a box. It just makes me happy. The flavor is pretty close to what I remember, except I used angel hair pasta instead of spaghetti simply because angel hair cooks in like 2 minutes. This super quick side is just soooo tasty! Totally kid approved – by two kids actually – and I’m proud of the fact that instead of buying the stuff in the box, I was able to quickly and cheaply make it up myself. …next, I’ll just have to tackle the fish!
CopyCat Sour Cream and Chive Pasta Roni
Creamy pasta completely reminiscent of boxed Pasta Roni, but with real ingredients and ready just as quickly.
- 1/2 T unsalted butter
- 2 t all-purpose flour
- 1 c milk I use 1%
- 1/2 c reduced fat sour cream
- 1/8 t onion powder
- 1/8 t garlic powder
- 1/4 t kosher salt
- 2 T fresh chopped chives
- 1/2 lb angel hair pasta
Bring a pot of water to a boil.
In a medium saucepan, melt the butter over medium heat. Add the flour and whisk until smooth. Cook 1 minute. Whisk in the milk and cook, stirring constantly, 3 minutes. Remove from the heat and whisk in the sour cream, onion powder, garlic powder, salt, and chives.
To the pot of water, add a handful of salt. Add the angel hair pasta and cook, according to package directions, only to al dente (this will only be 2 minutes - don't go further or the pasta will come out gummy). Drain quickly and add the pasta to the sour cream and chive sauce. Serve immediately because this will thicken quite a bit when it cools. Yield: 4 servings.