Believe it or not the man who barely even makes his own toast these days, was quite the cook when we were 16. Back in the day his rail thin girlfriend was extremely picky and often could not find things she liked to eat.
Yes that'd be me and Hubs. Miss Harlow's class. 1992.
Us at a friend's wedding 2012
We ate a lot of Olive Garden from about 2000-2003. Olive Garden was like a BIG night out, put your gap khaki's on and NO you can not wear you skateboard shoes... we're going somewhere nice tonight. The only thing I'd order was Chicken Broccoli Alfredo... hold the broccoli! They'd serve me up that enormous plate of broccoli'less pasta I'd eat about 1/4 of it box it up and continute to eat the left overs for the rest of the weekend.
There were days when hubs or I didn't have the $$ for our fancy nights out at the Olive Garden. We were 2 unemployed 16 yr olds after all. So What's a boyfriend to do for the girl who barely eats? Hop on his dial up AOL internet and ask Mr. Jeeves how to make her favorite dinner.
He made it for me a lot and I loved it. The Olive Garden has got squat on Hubs "alfredo" recipe!
Fast forward 13 years and I'm still adding into our menu plan regularly.
Just like my famous Hubs Dip, I change it up and add twists to it. Otherwise after 13 years of making the same dish we would get sick of it right?
Hubs original recipe is not quite a traditional alfredo sauce... He adds, 1 cup of milk, 1/2 cup cheddar, 1/2 cup Parmesan, 1/2 a package of cream cheese and some salt and pepper.
Here is my spoofed up version of his teenage creation!
Roasted Red Pepper Alfredo With Bacon
Box of fettuccine cooked to package directions
2 cups cream
8 oz of room temperature cream cheese ( I use Philadelphia)
1/2 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
1/2 cup cheddar cheese ( I use Cabot Seriously Sharp)
2 cloves of garlic; minced
3/4 cup roasted red peppers diced (I roast my own, you can also use jarred peppers)
Pinch of freshly grated nutmeg
4 strips of crispy cooked bacon
2 tbs of sliced scallions or chives
In a sauce pan add cream, and cream cheese together. Mix continuously over medium heat until cream cheese has melted into the cream and is smooth.
Mix in Parmesan and cheddar cheese until smooth. Add in garlic and nutmeg. Mix and continue to simmer over low heat.
Meanwhile in a food processor, pulse peppers until almost smooth. A few chunks is ok. Mix peppers into cheese sauce.
Salt and pepper to taste.
Pour over your cooked pasta.
Sprinkle with crumbled bacon and scallions.
On another note go check out this weeks Featured Foodie on Javelin Warrior's Cookin w/Luv .... it's me! You can learn a bit about who and what inspires me, and a peek into my life! Click HERE for the interview.