During my senior year in college, when I had started dating my husband and therefore taking a vested interest in cooking, I quickly gained a reputation among my husband’s roommates and friends. It was “The Girl Who Cooks at 4 am When The Bars Close.” I distinctly remember making this alfredo sauce in a massive batch for a group of guys/girls/myself around 3:30 am.
Let me assure you that alfredo sauce tastes even more amazing when made in the middle of the night after you’ve been out. It also ushers in the need to immediately sleep.
The alfredo sauce is arguably the best reason to to go Olive Garden, period. Dipping those garlicky, salty breadsticks in a dish of it….. Wow, look at that, my whole mouth just started watering.
Quick side story about Alfredo: Dave and I could not agree on a boys name before J was born. Actually, he didn’t even have a name for the first two hours he was in this world, because we still couldn’t agree. Finally, I just said to David, “You know what? Any is fine. Just pick one. I’m SO tired…” Dave’s dad was always kidding with us about how when Dave was a teenager, he kept complaining about his “boring” name and how his name wasn’t even “Italian enough.” Evidently he wanted to be named Giovanni or something like that, so because we are SO funny, we told everyone that we decided on the name Alfredo- and that was what we called him for the rest of my pregnancy.
Like I said, we are SO funny.
FYI, this recipe gets used in Wednesday’s post 🙂
FYI. It is difficult to take beautiful pictures of alfredo sauce. We call these pictures “a means to an end.”
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- 4 T butter
- 2 T cream cheese
- ¾ cup half and half
- ¾ cup heavy cream
- 1 tsp garlic powder
- fresh ground pepper
- 1 cup freshly grated parmesan cheese
- In a saucepan over medium heat, melt the butter, cream cheese, half and half and cream together
- Whisk in the garlic powder and parmesan. Season with a small amount of freshly ground black pepper.
- Simmer, stirring often, until the sauce has thickened to a creamy consistency. Serve immediately.