This is not an expensive meal to make, but it tastes as if you really went all out. The versatile Alfredo sauce can also be used for my Red-and-White Mostaccilo (p.73) as a pizza sauce, and as a dipping sauce for homemade bread sticks (p.233). To make a leaner Alfredo, substitute half-and-half or fat-free evaporated milk for the heavy cream and reduce or omit the cream cheese;the result will be a thinner sauce. Vary the ratio of pasta to sauce as desired. In The Food Nanny Rescuses Dinner page 71
- Alfredo Sauce:
- 1/2 cup 1 stick butter
- 1 3-ounce package cream cheese
- 1 pint heavy cream
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
- salt and ground black pepper
- 1 pound uncooked fettuccine
- Melt the butter in a medium saucepan over low heat. Mix in the cream cheese. Stir in the cream and garlic powder. Increase the heat and bring to a boil. Decrease the heat and simmer, stirring often, while you cook the pasta. If the sauce needs additional thickening (for example if your're serving it as a dipping sauce with pasta), you may sprinkle in flour, 1 teaspoon at a time. Cook and stir for desired consistency.
- Cook the fettuccine according to package directions; drain.
- Stir the Parmesan cheese into the sauce and season with salt and pepper to taste.
- Toss the sauce and the pasta in a large bowl and serve immediately.
- Serve with a tossed green salad and hot French bread or bread sticks.
For Chicken Alfredo, stir- fry bite size chunks of chicken in 1 Tablespoon olive oil until cooked and add to the sauce.