I have ALWAYS loved Fettucini Alfredo. As a matter of fact, almost every trip to Olive Garden results in us ordering a boat of alfredo sauce to dip our breadsticks in. For some reason, I had never thought of making my own until a few years ago. I had tried that jarred stuff in the store and it was nothing like real alfredo to me. So when my sister made me some during a visit to her house, I decided to find a recipe and try it myself when I got home. After several tries and substitutions, here’s my current recipe.
1/2 c. Butter
4 oz. Cream Cheese (1/3 less fat works fine)
8 oz. Evaporated Milk
Dash each of garlic powder, black pepper, salt
1/2 c. Parmesan Cheese
Melt butter over medium heat in small saucepan. Cut cream cheese into small cubes and add to butter. Pour in evaporated milk and whisk until cream cheese is completely melted and mixture is smooth. Add seasonings and parmesan cheese. This recipe might feed our family of six, but I almost always double it to make sure I have leftovers. When I have company, I use a bigger pan and triple it. (Just ignore how many sticks of butter you are unwrapping and putting in the pan! I never said it was healthy, but it sure tastes awesome!)
We prefer cooked linguini over fettucini. The noodles are still thicker than spaghetti, but not as thick as fettucini. Of course that is a matter of preference. When I make this, I ALWAYS steam a pan of broccoli because they go so well together. I’ve also steamed carrots or green beans. The kids hardly notice the veggies when they are chopped up in the pasta and covered with that creamy sauce! And usually, I’ll cut a chicken breast into strips and saute it for Jason, though the rest of the family doesn’t miss the meat.
I mentioned making extra sauce so we have leftovers. I use the alfredo sauce instead of regular tomato based sauce to make homemade pizza. Spread a thin layer over pizza dough, add chopped ham, and top with mozzerella cheese. It is the best variation on homemade pizza that I’ve ever tasted!
Have you ever made your own alfredo sauce? Is the taste worth the calories to you?