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Two Amazing Alfredo Sauce RecipesBy Vicki McClure Davidson
Making your own Alfredo sauce is much cheaper and fresher than buying an expensive jar of it. And as far as convenience goes, it takes only a few more minutes to make Alfredo sauce from scratch as it takes to open and cook a premade jar of it. Here are two different recipes for making your own Alfredo sauce.
In this first recipe, add or subtract the number of garlic cloves used, based on your preferences. The mushrooms add an earthiness to the flavor of the Alfredo sauce, but can be omitted. You can substitute low-fat milk for the cream to cut down on the fat, but while the sauce will still taste delicious, the sauce itself will lack the body and velvety texture it acquires when using cream. It's your decision.
For the first recipe, if you want the additional zing of onions, a handful of chopped scallions can be tossed in and sautéd with the mushrooms and garlic. For the second recipe, created by the Food Network's gorgeous chef Giada De Laurentiis, minced garlic can be included. For either of the recipes, a small amount of minced red bell pepper can be added for a bit of color.
Homemade Alfredo Sauce
- 1/4 c. butter
- 2-3 garlic cloves, minced
- 1/2 c. sliced mushrooms
- 1 c. Parmesan cheese, grated
- 1/2 cup heavy cream
- Pinch white pepper
Sauté the mushrooms and garlic in some of the butter in a pan on the stove. Once they've softened, melt the rest of the butter in the pan, then remove from heat. Stir in the Parmesan cheese, cream, and white pepper, as well as the mushrooms and garlic. Bring the sauce just to a boil over low heat, stirring often so that it doesn't scorch.
Toss with warm noodles and serve.
Easy Alfredo Sauce, à la Giada De Laurentiis
- 8-oz cream cheese, cubed
- 3/4 c. grated Parmesan cheese
- 1/2 c. milk
- 1/2 c. margarine
In large saucepan, stir all the ingredients together in a pan on the stove over low heat until smooth. If you want garlic, add a few cloves of minced garlic to the ingredients as they cook.
Toss with warm noodles and serve. Makes enough to coat 8 oz. of fettucine.
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Source: Esquire, "Giada De Laurentiis Loves Tomatoes," (www.esquire.com/women/women-we-love/delaurentiis0807), July 19, 2007.