Wednesday, January 4, 2012

It's Dinner Time

Fettuccine Alfredo 

So for dinner the other night I was tasked to make something since my wife Kristin was getting in late. One thing that we like to do over the weekend usually is plan our meals, go grocery shopping and be set with food for the week. We find that this saves money and time, both things that are useful when we want to have fun. (Like go to Boston and see hockey played at Fenway Park)

Earlier in the week Kristin made a nice roasted chicken. Of course the two of us didn't eat a whole chicken in one night, that of course would be disgusting, so we were going to have leftovers. Because we planned meals ahead of time we knew we could use the leftover chicken in another meal. Looking for inspiration I went to my favorite blog looking through her pasta recipes I stumbled onto her Fettuccine Alfredo recipe and got excited for three reasons.

         One:    I love cream sauces
         Two:   I love Fettuccine Alfredo
         Three: We haven't eaten this in a while and our last try came out too thin

With those things taken into account I decided to make it but first I need music. 

Today's cooking mix:
Safe & Sound - (From "The Hunger Games" Soundtrack) Taylor Swift [feat. The Civil Wars]
Happily Ever After - He Is We          
Turning Tables - Adele          
She Got the Honey - Mat Kearney
Take Me (As You Found Me) - Anberlin      
The Suburbs - Arcade Fire 
Poison & Wine - The Civil Wars
Home - Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros
1234 - Feist
Set Fire to the Rain - Adele
Kiss With a Fist - Florence & the Machine
The Cave - Mumford & Sons 
Barking at the Moon - Jenny Lewis

Look, this is all that goes into it...other than a pot of water
I have learned its always better to prep everything before you start
cooking because you end up falling behind

Once you have pulled everything out I like to chop or shred anything I need before I turn the burners on.

Also its important to measure carefully 

Then of course we need to start boiling water for the pasta and melt the butter in the sauce pan

Wow! I'm so tall to take a picture so high...or is it a stove for short people

Look, it's my hand 
Once you have the butter melted you need to add the cream...or in our case half and half. By using half and half you take away some of the fat and this makes it healthier.

OOOOHHHH, an action shot!

Next comes the mixing of the spices and cheese

Look at all that black pepper and red pepper flakes

Once everything has been completed we need to come up with another side, one that is made of veggies so it was a quick vegetable  
5 minutes in the microwave and your good to go with a little pepper

Next you need to create the plate, your food needs to look good , this is something I have been working on

Check it out...ummmmm
We thoroughly enjoyed it, this recipe was by far the best Alfredo sauce that we have made. Not to thin at all. So here is the recipe, enjoy.

Fettuccine Alfredo with Roasted Chicken


1 lb whole wheat spaghetti 

1 tablespoon olive oil
Salt and pepper

For the alfredo sauce:
3 tbsp. butter
2 cloves garlic, smashed
1½ cups half and half (you of course could use heavy cream and still get the same effect)
1½ cups freshly grated Parmesan cheese
Red Pepper Flakes

Salt and Pepper, to taste

Bring a large pot of water to boil for cooking the pasta.  

Cover with foil to keep warm while you prepare the sauce.

Once the pasta water is boiling, cook the pasta until al dente. 

To make the sauce, melt the butter in a medium saucepan over medium heat.  Add the garlic and cream, and bring to a simmer.  Reduce the heat to medium-low and continue to cook until thickened, about 5 minutes.  Mix in the Parmesan cheese and stir until completely melted.  Season with red pepper flakes, salt, and pepper to taste.

Serve pasta topped with the alfredo sauce and grilled chicken pieces.  Garnish with chopped fresh herbs, if desired.

Source: recipe for chicken (soon to be up on,  sauce adapted from Brown Eyed Baker

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