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Sunday, January 4, 2015

Traditional Creamy Fettuccine Alfredo

Price per serving for four: $2.00

Yes, only two dollars per serving for a group of four people.
You will need to buy packages of Fettuccine Noodles. I got a good deal - 2 for $3.00. You will need to buy heavy cream if you don't have in the fridge, fresh butter and Parmesan cheese. Given I have those items in the pantry and or fridge, I can divide the costs between a number of meals. In this event, I can say that I will use about three dollars, and add to that a glass of Mosel...+ two dollars more.

Take from your fridge/ pantry list:
Olive oil
Sea Salt
Fresh Butter
Heavy Cream
Black Pepper
Garlic Powder
Dried Herb Seasoning
Wheat or Gluten Free Flour

First, get a large pot of water boiling for your fettuccine noodles, add a pinch of salt. In a sauce pan on low flame, crumble 3 tbs of fresh butter and add 1 tbs of flour for a rue (traditional flour and butter paste for sauces) and stir until you get a nice paste. Then add 3 tbs of Olive oil to keep it from burning and more smooth than pasty. Now add 2 cups of heavy cream, 1/4 tsp sea salt, 1/2 tsp garlic powder and 1/4 black pepper (you can also use crushed coriander) as well as much of the dried herb seasonings as you like.  Grate in fresh Parmesan Cheese and set aside, off flame/heat. The water should be at a rolling boil. Add your noodles and stir.

When the noodles are tender, Drain and return to the pot they were boiled in. Add a pat of butter and a squirt of olive oil and stir gently, then put them onto a large serving platter. Quickly, return your sauce to the heat, stirring so it does not burn or get too thick. Don't worry about the noodles, they will not cool off in 2 min. Once the sauce is warmed up, pour over your noodles. Top with additional grated Parmesan and a bit of dried parsley flakes. Get everyone around the table, pour the wine and Thank the Lord for delicious food to share.  I also put dried parmesan on the table.

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