Saturday, November 24, 2012

Penne Alfredo

Some places become integral part of our life that they are not places anymore, they become characters. Olive Garden is such a place for us. This has been always our favorite restaurant to celebrate small victories and remember our special days. We have been to this place N times that we can feel it, smell it. We rarely look at the menu. I would always order stuffed pasta in marinara sauce and he would go for either Fettuccine Alfredo or Five Cheese Ziti. But these days our hang out at restaurants have stopped for obvious reasons. But they could not stop me from trying restaurant menu at home.

The sharpness of fresh and aged Parmesan Cheese wrapped within richness of cream and butter ----- aahaaa, just mouth watering. I exactly wanted to replicate Alfredo Sauce recipe but my calorie conscious soul refrained me from doing so. This sauce requires cream cheese, butter and heavy cream. Instead I used plain flour to thicken the sauce and avoid/reduce quantity of cheese and cream. This pasta paired with salad and orange juice made perfect Friday Night Dinner.

Serves 2
Preparation Time: 10 Minute
Cooking Time: 40 Minute

2 cup pasta
2 tbsp butter
2 tbsp plain flour
2 cup heavy whipping cream
3/4 cup + 1/4 cup fresh parmesan cheese
2 loves of garlic, minced
Olive oil
Salt and pepper

1. Cook pasta as per instructions
2. Heat butter in a thick bottom pan, when melted add flour
3. Cook flour till it turns pink/light brown. Then add heavy cream
4. Add garlic, salt and pepper stirring continuously
5. Cook for 5-10 minute till it is thick and consistent
6. Add cheese, mix well and turn off the heat
7. In a baking tray, layer pasta and sauce. Top with olive oil spray and remaining cheese
8. Bake at 350 F for 20 minute and then broil for 5 minute till cheese becomes bubbly and forms nice brown crust


  1. Hi Tejal, thanks for dropping by my blog, regarding your query, no impact if you dont soak the dry fruits in cranberry juice but the juice/or any liquid is required in the recipe to give moisture, also soaking will help to plum up your dry fruits n make them juicy, u can even use rum instead of juice, it will be even more tastier, i didnt use since my parents dont have alcohol..hope this helps :)

  2. This indeed helped..I am going to try this soon..