Okay, this question torments me almost everyday. I wish I was one of those people that could plan out meals for the week…lay out your clothes for the next day kind of gal. In theory, it’s brilliant. I have made calendars with meal plans and I still can’t stick to it. I guess mostly because I dress and eat by mood. So how in the world can I plan around that? Some days I feel really creative and need to write out a new recipe. Those same days I could be feeling the need for comfort food, or spicy food, or I have a memory of something that I have tried before or…well you get it. Am I alone in this? Anyway, I thought it would be fun to start a series on it. Please let me know what you are having for dinner in the comments. Monday nights seem to scream out, “Comfort Food!” Last night, I really wanted pasta and my husband loves an alfredo sauce. I decided to throw him a bone and create a basic alfredo sauce recipe. I served it over fresh raviolis and to make it even healthier…a sirloin on the side. Nothing green allowed tonight. (Except garnish)
Basic Alfredo Sauce
2 tbsp. butter (Do not use margarine)
1 tbsp. olive oil
3 tbps. flour
2 cups milk (I used 2% milk)
2 oz. cream cheese (1/4 of a block)
Dash of garlic powder
Dash of salt and pepper
Dash or red pepper flakes
5 oz. of freshly grated romano cheese
Combine the butter and olive oil in a sauce pan over medium heat. Stir with a wooden spatula until melted.
Add the flour and make a roux. Stir over medium heat until combined and golden.
Slowly whisk in milk. Once combined add the cream cheese and stir until smooth. Continue to stir until thickened and sauce coats your spatula.
Add spices and remove from heat. Immediately add all of the cheese and stir vigorously until combined. It will look like this:
Immediately serve over pasta. Garnish with a little parsley. Yummy-you will not feel skinny afterwards. So what are you having for dinner? What wine will you serve? What wine would you have served with this heavy dinner?
PS-I posted this earlier and something dreadful happened and it disappeared. My apologies for losing your comments. 😦