Monday, September 14, 2009

Alfredo Pasta

Alfredo pasta is a staple at our house. I have tried several different recipes that come close to Olive Garden's alfredo sauce, but this one is the closest so far. I added some grilled chicken to the sauce.

Olive Garden Alfredo Sauce
1 stick unsalted butter
½ Tbsp. minced garlic
2 Tbsp. flour
1/3 cup milk
1 C heavy cream
½ C parmesan cheese
¼ tsp black pepper
Melt the butter on low setting. Add minced garlic when butter is about halfway melted. Add flour when butter is completely melted. Add milk and heavy cream and bring to a boil. Turn heat down and wait about 5-10 minutes. Add parmesan cheese, and pepper. Sauce should start to thicken. Let cool about 10 minutes before serving over pasta.
I use my pizza dough recipe to make breadsticks. I add about 1/2 tsp. of garlic powder to the dough and then roll them into strips. Braid the strips together and bake at 375 for 10-15 minutes.
Pizza Dough
1 ½ c. flour
½ tsp. salt
1 Tbsp. oil
1 pkg. active dry yeast
½ c. warm water
Mix yeast in water. Add flour, salt and oil. Knead well. Cover with cloth and let rise approximately 15-30 minutes.

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