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9.07.2012

Roasted Red Pepper Alfredo w/ Bacon




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.

      

Prom. 2002.



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

Ingredients:
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



Directions:

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.








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10 comments:

  1. OMG you guys are totally adorable!

    My HS boyfriend and I would eat pasta with Knorr pasta sauce packets after I would get home from babysitting at midnight. oh the good old days of not having money.

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  2. I love it! You are TINY girl, then and now and you've had babies so you should be darn proud you can still look like that AND eat pasta! This looks super yummy, if only I could eat the carbs~! My hubby and kiddos would love it though!

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  3. oh, I love the pictures!! My husband and I are high school sweethearts and it's wonderful to look back on our prom pictures and see how much we've *ahem* changed throughout the years.
    This recipe sounds delicious and may be just the recipe I need for dinner tonight, Carrie. My son has a cross country meet in the morning, so he needs his carb fix tonight. Thank you!
    Enjoy your weekend!

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  4. I love the blast from the past pictures...you guys are so cute!!! I'm sorta kinda jealous you are still that tiny and you eat pasta. My hubby makes an olive garden alfredo knockoff too, but next time I am having him add the roasted red peppers...I bet that is delicious!!!

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  5. So funny! Isn't great when the men can cook?

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  6. This pasta has me drooling!! Roasted red peppers and bacon are the way to my heart...and this recipe looks easy enough for my (non-cook) husband to make for me :)

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  7. Yum, I adore bacon in anything :) this is a fun spin to the usual fettuccine alfredo dish!

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  8. What a nice comfort dish it is. :) I say yours is way better than OG's! ;)

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  9. mmm this looks so good!!! i love the creamy alfredo and bacon in this!

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  10. This is absolutely fantastic and what a sweet story! BTW I hold the broccoli too!

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