Friday, February 26, 2010

Meatless Fridays

One thing my kids will eat is pasta with cheese! Who doesn't love a hot bowl of this kind of creamy, garlicky goodness? This is a great basic recipe in which you can add just about anything to spice it up. This week's Meatless Friday meal is:

Fettuccine Alfredo

1 pound fettuccine pasta
1 tablespoon butter
4 cloves garlic, minced
1 cup half-and-half
6 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese
1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley
salt and pepper to taste
Optional: cooked shrimp, broccoli, or mushrooms.
(also good with grilled chicken or Italian sausage for a weeknight meal)

Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Add pasta and cook for 8 to 10 minutes or until al dente; drain. In a large skillet, saute garlic in the butter for about one minute. Pour in half and half; stir. Sprinkle Parmesan cheese in one tablespoon at a time, stirring constantly. After all Parmesan is added, mix in parsley, salt and pepper. Stir frequently making sure it does not boil. Sauce will take a while to thicken. When sauce has thickened, combine with cooked pasta noodles; serve hot.

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