Millennial Grocery Guide
Creamy Asiago Pasta with Sun-dried Tomatoes
How this guide works: Ingredients are broken down into approximate location in the grocery store, by order that you'd usually purchase them (starting in produce & deli, then over to dry goods, then dairy). There is also a cost of ingredients scale ranging from $ (very cheap) to $$$$ (extremely expensive - I'm not sure any of my recipes even have an ingredient like this yet).
About Millennial Staples: These are items you should always keep stocked in your fridge, freezer, or pantry. It will make throwing together a quick dinner easy and simplify grocery shopping. It allows you to purchase food on sale, and all these items are extremely unlikely to go bad before you use them!
From Your Cabinet & Pantry
- Salt, pepper, and garlic
- 1 bag of spinach $
- 1 rotisserie chicken (You'll need 2 cups shredded chicken) $ Millennial Fridge/Freezer Staple I buy one of these a week and always have shredded rotisserie chicken in my fridge or freezer. It's perfect for throwing in quick meals like this one and keeping this healthy and protein-packed. Head to 7 Reasons You Should Always Have a Rotisserie Chicken In Your Fridge for a buying guide. Substitute: 2-3 chicken breasts, cooked and shredded.
- 1 cup Asiago cheese (shredded) $$ Asiago has a unique flavor that really makes the sauce shine and the whole dish come together. You will be able to find Asiago in some form at your grocery store - likely in the cheese display in the deli area. You can sometimes find it pre-shredded, or buy a block and shred it yourself. It should come as no surprise that I love the Trader Joe's brand. Substitute: If you can't find Asiago or don't want to buy an additional cheese if you already have something that might work, Parmigiano Reggiano (Parmesan) or Pecorino Romano (Romano) will work just fine.
- 1 - 8.5 oz. jar of sundried tomatoes in oil $$ You can buy any sized jar, but go for about 1 cup of sundried tomatoes. Trader Joe's sells a great option in a 8.5 oz. jar, and you can just use the entire thing up in this one recipe, which is nice. They can be found with the jarred tomato sauces or other jarred vegetables like artichokes or olivse. The jarred kind in oil are really helpful for this recipe to create the depth of flavor needed to enhance the sauce. Sauteeing the garlic in the oil from the sun-dried tomatoes adds a ton of flavor in just one simple step. Substitute: If you can't find the sun-dried tomatoes in oil, you can grab a bag of dry sun-dried tomatoes, just be sure to add a little olive oil to the pan when you're sauteeing in the beginning of the recipe.
- 1 box of pasta (like penne) $ Substitute: Any shape of pasta will work. I recommend hollow/tube shapes to really hold the sauce well. Overall, a shorter pasta works best to mix in with all the ingredients, but you could also do this with something like spaghetti, fetuccini, or linguine. It will still taste delicious! Additional substitution options include a gluten free pasta!
- 1 cup heavy cream $$ Buy the smallest container you can find, usually in a pint-size (which is 2 cups). Substitute: Light cream or half & half will also work if the heavy cream is too much.