I am a sucker for pasta. I could make AND EAT pasta for every meal of the week. It started when I was young–probably in utero. It’s a never-ending love I have a feeling.
I had a grandma who we visited OFTEN. When we’d visit, it was a pretty typical sight to see her dining room table (a large table for all of us grandkids) covered in homemade noodles. Ahhh, they were sooooo good. Is there anything better than homemade noodles–and the chicken soup made with them? It’s been WAY. TOO. LONG. since I was able to enjoy those noodles. Do you think Heaven serves up homemade noodles?? If so, I’m sure God asked her to make them. I’m sure of it! 🙂 Regardless, I’m grateful I had a grandma who introduced me to good pasta, and now I’m hooked to pasta of all sorts!!
Here’s a recipe for a semi-homemade alfredo sauce which I usually serve on Fettucini or Penne noodles (not homemade, unfortunately!). It uses ingredients most would have on hand–although it’s probably even tastier if using the real deal–by that I mean real Parmesan. However, sometimes I need a meal that involves ingredients I have in my pantry because I can’t get to the store before supper. Countdown to supper is on….I can’t run to get freshly grated Parmesan! 🙂
This will taste different than your jarred Alfredo sauce. It’s less tangy and more creamy. First time I tried it, I wasn’t too sure of the taste because I was expecting a jarred Alfredo flavor. (Thus, I wanted to explain this to you, so you knew what to expect.) However, this has become the only Alfredo sauce I make, and we all enjoy it! Plus, like mentioned earlier, most of you will have these ingredients in your fridge or pantry, so it’s a go-to meal for me.
Serve it over noodles with grilled chicken breasts, garlic toast, and a side salad. YUMM!!
This usually makes quite a lot of sauce. For example, our family of 4 eaters (2 adults, 2 kids) usually use about half of the sauce. I then freeze the other half for another meal or to mix into spaghetti sauce to make a creamy tomato sauce.
Easy Homemade Alfredo Sauce
*Recipe from AllRecipes.com
Click here for printable Easy, Homemade Alfredo Sauce recipe card
1/2 cup butter
1 (8 oz) block cream cheese
2 tsp garlic powder
2 cups milk
6 oz grated Parmesan
1/8 tsp black pepper
2. Add cream cheese and garlic powder, stirring with whisk until melted and smooth.
3. Continue whisking, add milk a little at a time.
4. Stir in Parmesan and pepper.
5. Remove from heat when sauce is desired consistency.
*If it cooks too long and gets too thick, thin with milk.
6. Toss with hot pasta to serve.
(While I was taking pictures, I figured I’d show you how I do the chicken as well.)
1. I usually marinate chicken breasts in Zesty Italian Salad dressing for at least 20 minutes, preferably more.
2. Cut them into pieces or leave larger–my kids like smaller pieces and often they are more flavorful.
3. Melt a little butter with salt, pepper, and garlic (I usually use mined garlic if I have it on hand.) in a saucepan. Grill the meat on medium-high on both sides to sear in the juices. Then turn low to cook the chicken through.
(Here’s what your stove might look like–pasta, sauce, and chicken!)
4. Once chicken is browned (but not dry), remove and serve on top of pasta and Alfredo sauce.
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