I LOVE pasta! I mean seriously, I am a true Italian and I could eat pasta for every meal. I like all kinds of pasta and all kinds of pasta sauce. I have never met a pasta dish that I didn’t like, I don’t discriminate.
My absolute favorite pasta sauce is Alfredo. It’s creamy, dreamy, and delicious! Making Alfredo sauce at home can be kind of scary for some home cooks. I am going to show you how easy it is to actually make Alfredo sauce at home so you can make it for any weeknight dinner.
You can use whatever kind of pasta you fancy here. I’ve used ziti, fettuccine, bow-ties, etc. I am using ravioli today because that’s what is in my fridge. Also, I am going to teach you the basic technique here that you can build on as you see fit. You can add veggies, or chicken, or even seafood if you want.
First, cook your pasta according to package directions. I’m using fresh ravioli that cooks super fast. Try to time your pasta and sauce so they are both done at the same time.
While the pasta is cooking, let’s prepare the sauce. In a medium-sized pan, saute 2 Tbsp. butter with a small clove of crushed garlic over medium-high heat.
Cook for about 5 minutes, stirring continuously, until bubbly. The smell in the kitchen will be intoxicating!
Turn heat to low and add 1/2-3/4 cup of parmesan cheese. The amount of cheese you add will depend on how cheesy you like your sauce. I suggest starting with 1/2 cup, taste and add more cheese accordingly.
You will know that your Alfredo sauce is ready when it coats the back of a spoon. Yum! Give the sauce one last taste for seasoning and add more salt and pepper if needed.
Add your pasta of choice directly into your pan with the Alfredo sauce. Give it a stir (be gentle if you use ravioli so that the filling does not come out.)
Serve and enjoy!
There you have it, creamy and delicious Alfredo sauce that you made all by yourself for a fraction of the price you would pay at a fancy Italian restaurant. Remember, this is the basic Alfredo recipe here. You can take this and doctor it up any way you like it, veggies, fresh herbs, poultry or seafood. Happy Eating!!