HELLO FRESH – Chicken Over Garlic Parmesan Spaghetti

I am sure that most everyone has heard of @HelloFresh, but just in case I will give a brief synopsis.

@HelloFresh is a meal service provider where all the food for a meal is packaged and delivered to your door. You can cut down on time spent planning your weekly menu and the time you spend shopping. Both are a plus in the age of COVID-19.

As the title implies, I made the Chicken over garlic parmesan spaghetti. The meal was easy to prepare and took about 40 minutes from start until I was sitting down to eat.

The protein, chicken in this case, was very tasty thanks to the Tuscan seasoning and olive oil. Because of chicken breast being what it is the thick portion takes longer than the thinner section. The result, when cooked, leads to the thin portion being dry while the thicker remains juicy. It was not bad, but if I were to make this dish again, I would pound the chicken out to get a uniform thickness/cooking time.

The spaghetti is a domestic product and is nothing special. I cooked the included package to a little less than al dente and finished it in the sauce. This helped thicken the sauce and gave the pasta more flavor.

At first the sauce sounded like it would be strange, roasted garlic, roasted tomatoes, Philadelphia cream cheese, and pasta water. The instructions called for making it in the same pot the pasta was cooked in, but after seeing all that sauté goodness I made mine in the sauté pan. One word – Yummy!

The only thing close to a vegetable that came with this meal kit were the two Roma tomatoes that are included for roasting. I happened to have some asparagus lying around so I sautéed it with some garlic and lemon.

Overall, this meal was very tasty and easy to prepare. There was enough food (with the asparagus) to be filling, but not make me want to take a nap. The sauce had a pleasant garlic and herb flavor that complemented the chicken nicely. The roasted tomatoes were a nice addition, although I would rough chop them if I ever make this meal again.

The meal cost about $8.99/person and the few items you need to supply (salt, pepper, and olive oil) push it to nine dollars and change. Still not bad for a delicious dinner that you could easily stretch to feed four people by adding a salad, vegetable and garlic bread to.

I would recommend this @HelloFresh meal kit to anyone.

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