This recipe has been in our family for decades too. This was my birthday dinner for quite a few years running. During my high school years when MiMi would ask what I wanted, it would always be fettuccine Alfredo and chocolate chip cookie dough cheesecake. I will have to see if she still has the cheesecake recipe too. YUMMMMM! For a few years, she had one of those pasta machines so we would sometimes make homemade pasta, though the boxed stuff always works too.
Nana (my mother-in-law) got me a pasta roller for Christmas. I was so excited and couldn't wait to get it out. I bough some semolina flour and waited for my chance. So next time I had a little free time and some help with the little dude, I made some pasta. Of course he wanted to help, so the free hands were temporary. It turns out his help was needed. He cranked the levers, MiMi helped and I helped to guide the dough out of the machine. We thought it would be fun to do a really long sheet and Pops had to get in on the act too. We had everyone over for dinner and enjoyed freshly made pasta and our favorite Alfredo sauce.
It was gone in a flash and everyone was quite happy. We have never been disappointed with it. Not once. In decades!
Our Absolute Favorite Alfredo Sauce
Enough to cover a pound of pasta, a pound of broccoli and shrimp or chicken generously
1 stick butter
8 oz cream cheese
2 cups whole milk
1 garlic clove (or a half tsp of garlic powder)
1 cup Parmesan
salt and pepper
Fettuccine noodles, broccoli and chicken or shrimp
- Melt butter in large saucepan, add garlic and cook for two minutes.
- Add milk and cream cheese. Cook until slightly bubbly.
- Add Parmesan and heat 3-5 minutes or until cheese is completely melted.
- Stir in pasta and mix-ins.