My husband and I are fixed-income baby boomers. So I not only try to find cost effective menus and meals, I try to find ones that are tasty, serve two/or make good leftovers. Most of the time I am quite successful in this endeavor. Some leftovers stay leftovers until the grow green skin and try to morph into household pets. As my mother’s daughter (think 1930’s depression child – her, not me!) I hate to waste food. (and before my best friend says something awful about my trend to collecting useless things, let me point out that this is recipe day, not why the hell doesn’t Laura throw away those lidless teapots day! 🙂 ) We have dogs, who would willingly take up the slack, but it isn’t good for them to have too much cooked people food.
By now you are wondering, I bet, where the hell this monologue is going. It is prelude to a recipe, I promise! I just wanted to give the background, so you know that this is a tasty recipe, easily halved for two-not-so-hungry adults, or one hungry single. Or one child in the middle of a growth spurt. It pairs up beautifully with a salad side, and some fresh bread or corn muffins. It is forgiving of substitutions (cheese for example, or the kind of noodles used) so you can vary it from time to time.
HINTS: To keep cooked pasta fresh for later use, toss with a small amount of olive oil or sauce. This dish freezes well. Make a big batch and freeze in smaller quanities for later or meals, or unexpected guests.
THE RECIPE: Pretty Pasta Alfredo
1/4 cup butter or margarine
3/4 cup grated Parmesan (I like to use pre-shredded Italian cheese blend)
1/2 cup heavy or whipping cream (do not use milk, it doesn’t thicken the sauce satisfactorily)
2 tablespoons fresh chopped parsley (for variety try fresh chopped rosemary or another favorite herb)
Cook pasta according to package directions. In small saucepan, melt butter over medium heat; add cheese gradually, and as the cheese melts, add cream until well blended. Continue heating and stirring, just to boiling. Remove from heat; stir in the herb of your choice, and drained hot pasta. Toss well. Makes four servings as a main dish, or six+ as a side dish. You can add cooked chicken, tuna or crab right before you add herbs and pasta, if you like. It is a dish of infinite simplicity and variety, and remarkably yummy! As my dogs say, “Bone Appetite!”