I don’t know why it is, but I always feel a little guilty when I cook pasta for dinner. It’s usually because I don’t have a plan for dinner and pasta is always a quick and easy option. And, let’s face it, it is also a very inexpensive meal to serve. I calculated the amount I spent on a pasta meal with bread and salad for our family of five and it was about $12 total. Honestly, who can beat that?
However, it is still a rather humble meal. So, to make the penne with meat sauce and simple garden salad seem even more special I made cheesy garlic bread!
Do you like the exclamation point I added? Cheesy garlic bread is very exciting – especially for someone who was detoxing all of last week.
I used my favorite Betty Crocker dinner roll recipe to make the bread. It’s so simple, but also so versatile. I started with the dry ingredients – flour, sugar, salt, rapid rise yeast and butter.
I then added a mixture of heated milk and water to the dry ingredients and then an egg.
Then I mixed it for a minute, scraped down
the sides, added a little more flour and mixed for another minute until combined.
I kneaded it for five minutes and left it to rise in an oiled bowl.
Once baked and slightly cooled, I split one loaf in half and slathered on a mixture of salted butter, garlic powder, mayonnaise, and some freshly shredded colby jack cheese. Five minutes under the broiler and a simple pasta dinner just became a little more special.