I love me some Alfredo. Who doesn’t? It is truly the easiest and quickest of all sauces. Perfect in a pinch, Alfredo is done way before the pasta! Mix other sauces in with the Alfredo to make it even more over-the-top, finish it with grilled chicken and broccoli, sautéed or grilled squash or seafood. It is the working girl’s friend. And it only takes 4 ingredients to make the basic sauce. Please do not tell me you’ve ever bought that stuff in the jar. Bleh.
I’ve been making this sauce since my days as The Old Depot Salad/Saute Girl, which was a promotion from Queen Fry Cook. Now, take the time to make homemade pasta with sauce and you have entered a state of blissfulness that should be illegal.
First, melt about 2 Tablespoons of butter in the bottom of a skillet. Do not brown. Add garlic and saute until fragrant, about 30 sec0nds, then pour in about a cup of heavy whipping cream. Allow the cream to thicken and bubble. It will reduce, then add the shredded or grated parmesan cheese and swirl the skillet around till it melts. Add the drained pasta to the skillet to reheat and serve. Easy, cheesy and yummy, even to kids who are hard to please.
Add anything you like or nothing at all to the finished pasta.
I added a block of frozen pesto, extra cheese, pepper and a couple diced sundried tomatoes. I consumed an entire plateful of this pasta in record time. Add a slice of baguette (linked), toasted with butter, garlic, parmesan and herbs spread on top, and you will reach a state of carb heaven. It is just so creamy, garlicky good!
Garlicky goodness on a plate. Mmmmmm!
Super simple and quick, Alfredo sauce is hard to beat for creaminess, flavor and appeal! 3 - 4 minutes and dinner is served!
Bring the water for the pasta to a boil and cook til done. Drain.
Heat up the skillet and melt the butter, add the garlic and saute until fragrant. Quickly add the heavy whipping cream. It will bubble and reduce. When reduced by about half, add the parmesan cheese and swirl the skillet until the cheese melts.
Place the pasta into the alfredo sauce and stir until coated. Add other ingredients and toss into the pasta.
Serve immediately and eat! Alfredo doesn't tend to reheat well.