No, I am not talking about a handsome Italian man (oh I wish I was!).
I am talking about pasta sauce with cream and Parmesan cheese. And no, I don't mean the stuff that comes in jars you can get in the supermarket. That sauce is too thick, too fat and not really tasty. What I am thinking about is rich, delicious cheese sauce that is full of goodness and that you can only create in your very own kitchen.
I make a very yummy chicken and broccoli Alfredo that has become a hit in my family. Not only is it delicious, but it is also very easy to make, and it doesn't need a lot of clean-up afterwards since everything is made in just one pot. Can it get better than this?
Ingredients: (I'm usually not too picky with the right measurements here)
12 oz. broccoli florets, cut into bite-size pieces
1 boned, skinned chicken breast half, cubed
8 oz. fettuccine
¾ to 1 cup heavy whipping cream
about ½ cup freshly shredded Parmesan cheese
kosher salt and pepper
1. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Cook broccoli until tender and bright green, 2-3 minutes. Using a slotted spoon, transfer to a colander, leaving water in pot. Add chicken to pot; cook until opaque, 2-4 minutes. Transfer to colander with broccoli.
2. Cook pasta in same pot of water until just tender to the bite, about 10 minutes. Reserve ½ cup pasta water; drain pasta.
3. Simmer cream, reserved ½ cup water, and ½ cup Parmesan in same pot over medium heat, stirring often. Add broccoli, chicken, and pasta, stirring to combine. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Serve with additional Parmesan on the side.
As I said, super easy. For the cheese I usually take Parmiggiano Reggiano Stravecchio which is a Parmesan from Italy that is aged 3 years. You can find it at Trader Joe's; it doesn't cost an arm and a leg, but is still a pretty good Parmesan. It is a hard cheese that you have to grate yourself (and it will fall apart while you do that!). It doesn't make the sauce quite as creamy since it doesn't melt very easily - but the taste is heavenly! Don't forget to grate some of the cheese on top of your dish!