Chicken Linguine Alfredo
Recipe type: Sauce, Pasta Entree
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Serves: 6
This simple homemade Alfredo sauce is made from canned chicken and canned milk. It's a simple and delicious meal that's frugal, too. Total Cost of Recipe: $7.19 or $1.20 per serving.
  • 1 pound linguine cooked according to package directions ($1.00)
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil ($0.28)
  • 2 tablespoons butter ($0.19)
  • 2 cloves crushed garlic or ½ teaspoon granulated garlic ($0.04)
  • 1 (12 ounce) can evaporated milk ($1.00)
  • 1 (12.5 ounce) can chicken breast ($2.58)
  • 1½ cups shredded Parmesan cheese ($1.98)
  • 2 Tablespoons dried parsley (optional) ($0.12)
  1. Heat salted water to cook pasta.
  2. Melt butter with olive oil in large sauce pan. Add fresh garlic, if using, and allow to saute for 1 - 2 minutes, being careful not to allow it to burn. Garlic becomes bitter when burned.
  3. Add evaporated milk and broth from canned chicken and bring to a boil, stirring occasionally.
  4. Begin cooking the linguine at this point.
  5. When milk mixture is boiling, add Parmesan Cheese, dried parsley (and granulated garlic if you didn't use fresh).
  6. Mix well until cheese is melted and well incorporated.
  7. Break canned chicken breast into bite sized chunks.
  8. Add to pan and stir gently into sauce.
  9. Heat for 2 to 3 minutes until chicken is heated through.
  10. Pour sauce over pasta in a large bowl.
  11. Toss together sauce and pasta and serve.
Recipe by Patty Cake's Pantry at