Thursday, January 17, 2008

Alfredo Fettucine

1/2 cup real butter
2 cups heavy whipping cream*
1 tsp. garlic powder
salt and pepper - to taste
1 dash cayenne pepper
2/3 cup fresh grated Parmesan OR Romano cheese
1 lb. box fettuccine noodles - prepared as directed
chopped fresh parsley - for garnish, optional

In a 2-quart saucepan over medium-low heat, melt butter; add cream, garlic powder, and salt and peppers; simmer for 20-30 minutes, stirring constantly, until thick.

Remove sauce from heat and stir in cheese. Do not heat sauce after cheese has been added.

Serve sauce over hot fettuccine noodles and sprinkle with parsley, if desired.

*I use low fat half and half and don't notice the difference


The above recipe is the base for my sauce . . . I personally add sauteed green onion, bell pepper, hot pepper and garlic . . . sometimes tomato, broccoli, green beans or mushrooms . . . whatever I have on hand.

Another variation is to add crab meat, peeled shrimp . . . or both

Use different types of pasta! Also tastes awesome with white rice for a nice change.

And if I am in a rush . . . pre-made alfredo sauce in the jar . . . I like the garlic-parmesean cheese flavored one the best. if there is a big sale, like a BOGO special, I stock up because it is actually very good, fast and cheap . . . just add your own touch to it.

This is comfort food at it's best in my opinion . . . Shrimp Pasta with lots of hot peppers (without the seeds) is my favorite . . . served with rigatoni pasta.

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