Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Time saving tip: Progresso Recipe Starters

I am big fan of time saving tips especially when it comes to cooking. Last summer I discovered Progresso Recipe Starters Cooking Sauce, and just like the name it's a great recipe starter and time saver. You don't have to make everything from scratch right??? 

Progresso sent me a gift pack containing all five flavors:
Creamy Three Cheese
Creamy Portabella Mushroom
Creamy Roasted Garlic
Fire Roasted Tomato
Creamy Parmesan Basil

I have tried all five flavors, sometimes using the recipe on the can or coming up with my own ideas.  The Creamy Three Cheese sauce has become a staple ingredient in my macaroni and cheese recipe.  I like supplementing canned cheese sauce to the shredded cheese in my mac and cheese.  Canned cheese sauce makes a creamier mac and cheese without adding large amounts of shredded cheese, which can get expensive especially when cooking for a crowd.  Not only do I like time saving tips but money saving tips as well.  But I digress. This post is supposed to be about the Progresso recipe starters...where was I lol....Oh yeah, the recipe ideas are endless for these cooking sauces.

I used the Creamy Roasted Garlic cooking sauce for a chicken pot pie using a recipe on the Progresso label. It is super easy.  All you need is the cooking sauce, chicken, mixed vegetables, flour, poultry seasonings and pie crust.

I made shrimp alfredo with the Creamy Parmesan Basil cooking sauce.  I combined the cooking sauce with half and half, butter, shrimp and Old Bay seasoning.

I also made my own version of baked stroganoff by combining the Creamy Portabella Mushroom sauce with ground chicken, sautéed onions, diced tomatoes and penne pasta. It was so good!  I know tomatoes are not a traditional ingredient in stroganoff but that night I was craving diced tomatoes and adding them to the dish was perfect.

The possibilities are endless....

DISCLOSURE:  The information, products and Progresso™ Recipe Starters™ gift packs were provided by Progresso through BlogHer Food.