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Creamy Parmesan Sauce

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Active Time:  15 Minutes
Total Time:  45 Minutes
  Makes 4 side-dish or 2 main-dish servings
Combine this rich cheese sauce with pasta ribbons and you have the classic pasta dish, fettuccine Alfredo. As the sauce is poured over the cooked pasta, the heat cooks the sauce, causing the cream to thicken slightly and the cheese to melt.
RECIPE INGREDIENTS
1/3 cup half and half or whipping cream
2 tablespoons margarine or butter
4 ounces dried or 8 ounces fresh tomato, herb, or plain fettuccine
1/3 cup grated parmesan cheese
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 small clove garlic, minced
1 tablespoon snipped fresh basil or snipped fresh parsley (optional)
Coarsely ground black pepper (optional)
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DIRECTIONS
Allow half-and-half or whipping cream and margarine or butter to come to room temperature (about 40 minutes).


In a large saucepan or pasta pot bring 3 quarts water to boiling. Add pasta. Reduce heat slightly. Boil, uncovered, for 8-10 minutes for dried pasta or 1 1/2-2 minutes for fresh pasta, or till al dente, stirring occasionally. (Or, cook according to package directions.) Immediately drain.


Return pasta to the warm pan. Add Parmesan cheese, half-and-half or whipping cream, margarine or butter, salt, and garlic. Toss gently till pasta is well coated. Transfer to a warm serving dish. If desired, sprinkle with basil or parsley and pepper. Serve immediately.


Recipe reprinted by permission of Weldon Owen. All rights reserved.
Date Added: 01/01/2008
Nutrition Facts per Serving
Yield:   Makes 4 side-dish or 2 main-dish servings
Calories: 221
Fat. Total: 11g
Fiber: 1g
Carbohydrates, Total: 23g
Sodium: 312mg
% Cal. from Fat: 45%
Cholesterol: 30mg
Protein: 8g
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