Monday, 23 April 2012

Creamy Fettuccine Alfredo with Chicken

Classic Fettuccine Alfredo is easy, creamy, delicious comfort food. Rich Parmesan and silky ricotta combine to thicken this garlicky sauce that is simple enough for a weeknight and fancy enough for a romantic dinner at home.

Ingredients for Fettuccine Alfredo:

  • 2 tbsp. butter
  • 1 tbsp. olive oil
  • 1 tbsp. flour
  • 1 tbsp. garlic (2-3 cloves)
  • 1 1/4 -1 1/2 cups milk (or half-n-half)
  • 1 1/4 -1 1/2 cups finely shredded Parmesan
  • 1/3 cup part skim ricotta cheese
  • Optional Ingredients for Fettuccine Alfredo:
  • parsley (fresh or dried)
  • grilled chicken, shrimp, sausage
  • fresh black pepper

  1. In a saucepan over medium heat combine 1 tablespoon butter and 1 tablespoon olive oil.
  2. Add 1 tablespoon flour to make a roux. Cook flour until light golden in color.
  3. Gradually add milk (or half-n-half) to roux while stirring continuously.
  4. Mixture will not be that thick. Don’t worry.
  5. Lower heat to medium-low and stir in 1 cup Parmesan cheese.
  6. Mixture will begin to thicken and bubble. Do not allow to boil.
  7. Stir in minced garlic allow to cook a few minutes more.
  8. Add ricotta cheese and incorporate. Mixture will be thickened.
  9. Give a taste and adjust seasonings and consistency. Add more milk/half-n-half and Parmesan cheese as needed. For extra richness, stir in 1 tablespoon butter just before serving.
  10. Serve over cooked Fettuccine noodles. Dress it up with a crack of black pepper, a sprinkling of parsley and grilled chicken if desired. 
Makes 1 1/2 cups Alfredo sauce. Served over noodles, makes 4 side dish servings or 2-3 entree servings.