December 30, 2010

Best Ever Alfredo Sauce

My parents absolutely love fettuccine alfredo. We usually only have it during the holidays since it is so rich. It's an incredibly easy recipe and very inexpensive to make at home compared to what restaurants charge. Furthermore, I think this recipe beats any restaurant alfredo I've ever had!

Alfredo sauce can vary widely. Often I find that restaurant alfredo sauce taste exactly like regular white sauce (having zero garlic or cheese flavor whatsoever). I have made both traditional alfredo sauce and this cream cheese version a number of times. The cream cheese recipe is so much more flavorful and really doesn't add that many more calories (although if you're eating fettuccine alfredo, you're probably not overly worried about calories anyway).

*This recipe makes plenty of sauce for 1 pound of fettuccine noodles

½ cup butter
2-4 T of real cream cheese
1 pint heavy cream
2/3-1c parmesan cheese (the cheap, powdery canned stuff is fine)
garlic powder, salt, and pepper to taste

Melt the butter, then add cream cheese and soften. The cream cheese may take some time to completely incorporate. Add heavy cream at low heat, stirring often. Add parmesan and seasonings. Heat until thickened.

*Depending on how rich you want the sauce, adjust the amount of cream cheese within the 2-4 T range. More cream cheese is not necessarily better in this recipe, so do not be tempted to add more than 4T (I know this from experience).

I forgot to take any photos before we started eating...

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