Cooking On A Budget: Alfredo Sauce

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Alfredo Sauce


Take this basic Alfredo sauce and turn out some really interesting cooking on a budget meals.  It doesn't have to be for Fettuccine Alfredo only.  Change it by adding in left over or freshly cooked poultry. Add in fresh or frozen vegetables as well and you have created whole new dinner meals.  Use any kind of pasta you have in your pantry: bow tie or penne or ziti for examples.

If you are trying to watch your sodium levels do not add salt as the Parmesan Cheese contains quite a bit of sodium on its' own.  To reduce the fat content try it with whatever lower butter replacement you prefer.

You don't have to run out and purchase white pepper if it is not in your spice cabinet; black pepper is certainly fine. I do recommend using the heavy cream to achieve the best flavor in this sauce.

Basic Alfredo Sauce Recipe:
  • 1 Cup Heavy Cream
  • 1 Cup grated Parmesan Cheese
  • 1 Tbsp. Butter
  • ⅛ Tsp. grated Nutmeg
  • ½ Tsp. White Pepper
  1. In a sauce pot over medium to medium low heat, melt the butter.  Add in the heavy cream and warm to a low simmer (just until the outer edges start to bubble).
  2. Next whisk in the Parmesan cheese, nutmeg and white pepper until incorporated and keep stirring until the sauce thickens slightly.  If you dip a spoon in and it coats the back of the spoon, the sauce is ready.

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