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Penne Pasta With Sun-Dried Tomato Cream Sauce
Creamy Smashed Red Potatoes With Cheese
Scrumptious Cheddar Bacon Scalloped Potatoes
Simple Risotto With Peas & Parmesan

(Family Features) - Everyone loves rich and creamy side dishes to accompany their favorite dinner entrées. These classic recipes have been reinvented with a few surprising ingredients and deliciously creamy results with the help of lowfat evaporated milk.

Fondly referred to as "The Cooking Milk," Carnation Evaporated Milk adds richness and creaminess to recipes. And just like the lowfat milk you drink at home, evaporated milk comes in a lowfat version too. When your recipe calls for milk, simply use that amount of evaporated milk. No extra water is needed. Plus, an added bonus of using evaporated milk is that it has twice the calcium and protein of drinking milk!

For more surprising recipes and to view a video with additional information about Carnation Milk products, visit VeryBestBaking.com.

Penne Pasta With Sun-Dried Tomato Cream Sauce

Ingredients
  • 2 cups (8 ounces) dry penne pasta
  • 8 sun-dried tomatoes, chopped (about 1/3 cup)
  • 1 can (12 fluid ounces) Nestlé Carnation Evaporated Lowfat 2% Milk
  • 2 cups (8-ounce package) shredded Italian-style four cheese blend
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper

Preparation
    1. COOK pasta according to package directions, adding sun-dried tomatoes to boiling pasta water for last two minutes of cooking time; drain.
    2. MEANWHILE, COMBINE evaporated milk, cheese, basil, garlic powder and pepper in medium saucepan. Cook over medium-low heat, stirring occasionally, until cheese is melted. Remove from heat.
    3. ADD pasta and sun-dried tomatoes to cheese sauce; stir until combined.

Calories: 260g     Total Fat: 10g
Cholesterol: 30mg     Protein: 15g
Carbohydrates: 28g     Sodium: 390mg

Serves
Makes about 7, 1/2-cup servings

Creamy Smashed Red Potatoes With Cheese

Ingredients
  • 3 pounds red new potatoes, unpeeled, cut into quarters
  • 1 cup or more Nestlé Carnation Evaporated Lowfat 2% Milk
  • 2 tablespoons butter, cut into pieces
  • 3/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese blend
  • Salt and ground black pepper to taste

Preparation
    1. PLACE potatoes in large saucepan. Cover with water; bring to a boil. Cook over medium-high heat for 15 to 20 minutes or until potatoes are tender; drain.
    2. RETURN potatoes to saucepan. Beat with hand-held mixer for a few seconds to break up. Add evaporated milk and butter; beat until milk and butter are mixed in (some lumps will still be present). Add additional evaporated milk, if a smoother consistency is desired. Stir in cheese. Season with salt and pepper to taste.

Calories: 120g     Total Fat: 4g
Cholesterol: 15mg     Protein: 5g
Carbohydrates: 17g     Sodium: 140mg

Serves
Makes 15, 1/2-cup servings

Scrumptious Cheddar Bacon Scalloped Potatoes

Ingredients
  • 6 slices turkey bacon, cooked and chopped, divided
  • 2 to 2 1/2 pounds (about 6 medium) potatoes, unpeeled and thinly sliced
  • 3 tablespoons butter or margarine
  • 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 can (12 fluid ounces) Nestlé Carnation Evaporated Lowfat 2% Milk
  • 1 cup water
  • 2 cups (8 ounces) shredded 2% cheddar cheese, divided
  • 2 green onions, sliced

Preparation
    1. PLACE potatoes in large saucepan. Cover with water; bring to a boil. Cook over medium-high heat for 8 to 10 minutes or until just fork tender; drain.
    2. MEANWHILE, HEAT butter in medium saucepan over medium heat. Stir in flour, salt and pepper. Gradually stir in evaporated milk, water and 1/3 cup bacon. Cook for about 8 to 10 minutes, stirring constantly, until mixture comes to a boil. Remove from heat. Stir in 1 1/2 cups cheese and green onion.
    3. LAYER half of potatoes in ungreased 3-quart microwave-safe dish. Pour half of sauce over potatoes. Top with remaining potatoes and sauce. Top with remaining cheese and bacon. Microwave uncovered on HIGH (100%) power for 2 to 3 minutes or until cheese is melted.

Calories: 110g     Total Fat: 5g
Cholesterol: 15mg     Protein: 7g
Carbohydrates: 13g     Sodium: 260mg

Serves
Makes about 16, 1/2-cup servings

Simple Risotto With Peas & Parmesan

Ingredients
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 small onion, finely chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • 1 cup uncooked Arborio rice
  • 2 cups chicken broth or stock
  • 1 cup Nestlé Carnation Evaporated Lowfat 2% Milk
  • 1/2 cup frozen peas, thawed
  • 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon lemon zest (optional)
  • Salt and ground black pepper to taste
  • 1/4 cup (about 1 ounce) finely shredded Parmesan cheese

Preparation
    1. HEAT oil in medium, nonstick saucepan over medium-high heat. Add onion; cook, stirring occasionally, for about 3 minutes or until onion is tender. Stir in garlic and cook until aroma is released (do not brown). Stir in rice; cook, stirring frequently, for 1 minute.
    2. STIR in broth and evaporated milk. Reduce heat to medium. Cook, stirring frequently, for 20 to 25 minutes or until rice is tender but firm to the bite (mixture will be creamy and more stirring will be needed as it becomes thicker). Remove from heat; stir in peas and lemon zest, if desired. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Serve immediately with Parmesan cheese.

Calories: 140g     Total Fat: 4g
Cholesterol: 10mg     Protein: 5g
Carbohydrates: 20g     Sodium: 290mg

Serves
Makes about 9, 1/2-cup servings

SOURCE: Nestlé Carnation Milks



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