Microwave Convection Cooking -

Use the new microwave pasta cooker to quickly cook the pasta or cook the traditional way. Then, mix with ready prepared seafood and sauce for an easy casserole. A spring-like combination for a cold winter day.


2 cups uncooked penne pasta (about 8 oz.)
2 cups broken fresh asparagus
2 green onions, sliced
1 clove garlic, minced
6 oz. frozen cooked shrimp, (thaw under cold water)
1/2 cup canned or refrigerated Alfredo sauce
1/4 teaspoon salt
Freshly ground pepper

1. Cook pasta as directed in pasta cooker or as on package. Drain and set aside.

2. Meanwhile combine asparagus, onions and garlic in 1 1/2-quart microwave-safe casserole. Cover tightly.

3. MICROWAVE (100%) 3 to 4 minutes or until asparagus is crisp-tender. Add shrimp, sauce, salt, pepper and cooked pasta; mix lightly and cover.

3. MICROWAVE (100%) 3 to 4 minutes or until heated through, stirring once.
About 4 Servings

TIPS · Store any leftover Alfredo sauce in the freezer. Add a little milk and heat to use on other pasta or vegetable dishes.
>Favorite soup can be substituted for Alfredo sauce. Add 2 tablespoons milk to achieve sauce consistency.

Nutrition Info/Serving: 342 calories, 18 g protein, 46 g carbohydrate, 10 g fat, 37 mg cholesterol, 560 mg sodium, 3.2 g dietary fiber.

From my Kitchen..

—I recently prepared a double recipe of the Crustless Quiche recipe in the 9inch square pan. Even with the turntable turned off, it cooked nicely on the Low-Mix combination, rotating the dish once. The Egg Bake, cut nicely with the narrow silicone spatula and removed from the dish easily with the wide spatula. A 13x9-inch pan of caramel rolls were prepared in the deep 10.5-inch silicone pan and it baked perfectly on the convection setting. Most things that cook in a 13x9-inch pan can be cooked in the deep round silicone pan and then it turns freely in the ovens with turntables.

—At a recent class, several participants were getting together one evening for dinner and they were each making something from one of the microwave-convection cook books that they had just purchased. I was not there long enough to hear about their results, but thought what a good way to learn together and share cooking experiences.Soups and casseroles are great for winter dining. Make extras and freeze in meal-sized quantities for enjoying at another meal. 


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