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The Fastest Alfredo Sauce Ever

December 17, 2012

Earlier this week I was feeling quite under the weather, and I had a craving for some comfort food. Specifically, something that required almost zero effort (since I was sick), but that was homemade. A lot of people don’t know this—alfredo sauce is one of the quickest and easiest things to make, and you probably have all the ingredients in your fridge and pantry already.

  • 1 cup heavy cream (light cream, half and half, whole milk or even 2% will also do the trick)
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1/2 cup parmesan cheese
  • 1/2 teaspoon fresh cracked black pepper (use a little less if you are using ground black pepper)
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground mustard
  • 1/4 teaspoon chili powder

Melt the butter in a small saucepan. Once melted, add the rest of the ingredients and whisk. Bring to a simmer, and let the sauce thicken up, about 5 minutes. Pour over cooked pasta. Makes about 2 servings. (P.S. you shouldn’t need salt, the parmesan usually has enough salty flavor on its own, but taste it before serving and add salt if you feel it’s needed.)

The great part about this recipe is you can do whatever you want with it. The only ingredients you must have are the cream, butter and parmesan. I wouldn’t skip the pepper either, but if you hate pepper, you certainly can. The other spices are optional, though I find they add great flavor when you’re doing it fast. If you want a sauce with more depth and complexity, sauté onions and garlic in the butter prior to adding the cream (and omit the onion and garlic powder). Want an earthier flavor? Sub in a 1/4 teaspoon of nutmeg for the mustard and chili powder. And of course, you can’t go wrong with adding any kind of protein to this; standard favorites are grilled chicken or shrimp. You could also add fresh tomatoes and spinach. Asparagus. Artichokes. Broccoli. Salmon…peas…bacon! The possibilities are endless. It’s a very versatile recipe, and a great one to have in your back pocket, whether you need to impress guests in a flash, or you just want something homemade fast.

The fastest alfredo sauce

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