I’ve been missing your sister lately, but I’m glad she is where she is. Studying abroad in Italy is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. I’m thankful she took it.
Just like sharing a meal with friends and family around the same table connects them, sharing the same type of food as your sister almost feels like a little visit.
If this is true, we’ve been hanging out with her all week.
At girls’ d group earlier this week, we cooked Pasta alla Norma. Yum! Egglplant, tomatoes, basil, cheese, pasta.
Then I made Chicken Alfredo for our family’s dinner the next night. I’ve been eating the leftovers everyday for lunch.
Italy and the U.S. have been a little closer this week.
I knew better than to try the Pasta alla Norma on you guys. That’s why the d group girls made it. They loved it, by the way, but I knew it wouldn’t be for you. Purple vegetables and my boys just don’t go together. I understand this.
That’s why the alfredo recipe is for you. It’s from Top Secret Restaurant Recipes by Todd Wilbur.
Here is how you make it:
Grate 1 cup Parmesan cheese and set aside for later.
Melt two sticks butter in a large saucepan.
Add four cloves minced garlic,
1/4 teaspoon black pepper,
and a pinch of salt. (My pinch turned out to be a little small, and we had to add more when we sat down to eat. You’ll figure out how much you like.)
The next ingredient is one quart heavy whipping cream.
Pour it into the butter mixture.
Stir and simmer the sauce. You don’t want this to boil as that will do funny things to the cream. Keep the heat at low to medium.
Add the cup of Parmesan cheese to the sauce.
Continue simmering and stirring for eight minutes.
Set a timer, because you will feel like you are stirring forever, but you’re not.
It will seem like you’re going to have a milky, buttery, swirly, runny mess.
Then it will start to change to this.
It will get thicker and creamier, and you will be so glad you waited.
Don’t quit stirring and cooking until the timer beeps. You may even need to go a bit longer if the sauce hasn’t thickened in eight minutes.
Believe it or not, that’s it!
Prepare your pasta of choice and spoon on the sauce. You could also choose to mix the noodles with the sauce in one dish.
I added chicken strips that I sauteed in olive oil with salt and pepper. You could do the same with shrimp, or you could grill the chicken. Broccoli tastes great with alfredo, also. Many possibilities!
The garnish is little strips of basil. Great taste and pretty color!
If you make this and invite your sister for dinner, I bet she’ll tell you some great stories about Italy!
Know that I love you,