Monday, June 10, 2013

Fettuccine Alfredo

This is fairly cheap, and extremely filling.  It's also a very quick meal, and usually kid-friendly*, though that will depend on your kid.  The cheapness depends on whether you're the sort who has cream hanging around the house or not.  I almost always do, since I drink cream in my coffee -- and thus this counts as cheap for me.  If you're not, you're gonna half to get ahold of some cream.  But cream is relatively cheap: you can get a pint for a couple bucks, and you'll only need about half of that for this, and you can use the rest of that in your coffee, so win-win!

Ingredients:


  • pasta: I use fettuccine but use any kind you like.  Kids love bowties, or the little wagonwheel sort. Use the right amount for the number eating.  A pound is about right for four people, I've found
  • 1/2 cup (or so) of cream
  • A little salt
Boil the pasta in a large pot according to directions.  

Drain.

Return the pot to the burner, keeping the heat on high.  Dump in the cream and reduce.  This means stir it with a wooden spoon (I use a big flatheaded wooden spoon) while it simmers until the cream is smooth and shiny and most of the water has steamed away.  

Add a little salt -- maybe a quarter tsp?  Maybe less?  Depends on how salty you like things.  You can also add a little nutmeg here if you like.  I do that sometimes.

Dump your pasta in and stir until all the pasta is coated with the sauce.

Serve hot, with bread.

*If your kids do not like cream sauce, you can save some noodles out and give them noodles plain -- I did that until my kid was nine or ten. 

1 comment:

  1. HISTORY OF ALFREDO DI LELIO CREATOR IN 1908 OF “FETTUCCINE ALL’ALFREDO”, NOW SERVED BY THE GRANDCHILDREN, ALFREDO E ISA DI LELIO, AT THE RESTAURANT “IL VERO ALFREDO” IN ROME, PIAZZA AUGUSTO IMPERATORE 30

    With reference of your article we have the pleasure to tell you the history of our grandfather Alfredo Di Lelio, who is the creator of “fettuccine all’Alfredo” in 1908 in restaurant run by his mother Angelina in Rome, Piazza Rosa (Piazza disappeared in 1910 following the construction of the Galleria Colonna / Sordi).
    Alfredo di Lelio opened the restaurant “Alfredo” in 1914 in Rome, after leaving the restaurant of his mother Angelina. In this local spread the fame, first to Rome and then in the world, of “fettuccine all’Alfredo”.
    In 1943, during the war, Di Lelio sold the restaurant to others outside his family.
    In 1950 Alfredo Di Lelio decided to reopen with his son Armando his restaurant in Piazza Augusto Imperatore n.30 "Il Vero Alfredo" (“Alfredo di Roma”), which is now managed by his nephews Alfredo and Ines, with the famous “gold cutlery”” (fork and spoon gold) donated in 1927 by two well-known American actors Mary Pickford and Douglas Fairbanks (in gratitude for the hospitality).
    See also the site of “Il Vero Alfredo” http://www.alfredo-roma.it.
    We must clarify that other restaurants "Alfredo" in Rome do not belong to the family tradition of "Il Vero Alfredo" in Rome.
    We inform that the restaurant “Il Vero Alfredo” is in the registry of “Historic Shops of Excellence” of the City of Rome Capitale.
    Best regards Alfredo e Ines Di Lelio

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