Recipe: Alfredo Sauce

We love how quickly a weeknight dinner comes together with a hearty bowl of spaghetti, and our friends at Real Simple have made this even easier. Once you've learned how to make the perfect pot of pasta, you'll want to keep a stash of fool-proof sauces in your recipe collection. Here, this rich, creamy Alfredo sauce is one of those little kitchen miracles that all chefs should keep on hand. It’s a luxurious dish that tastes decadent but comes together in mere minutes and requires only simple, everyday ingredients that are probably already in your refrigerator. You’ll need a stick of butter, chopped into squares for easier melting, one cup of heavy cream, six ounces of shredded parmesan cheese (Go ahead and make things easier on yourself and buy a bag of shredded cheese. No guilt here!), one-eighth of a teaspoon of freshly grated nutmeg (Fresh spices are worth the extra effort for their richer flavors.) and then a pinch of salt and pepper for seasoning. One trick to getting the Alfredo sauce perfectly creamy is to make sure that the stovetop temperature is just right. While we suggest medium heat, double check that your butter melts just right and doesn’t scald. Think of the butter as the foundation of the sauce and if it burns, you’ll have an inescapable and unpleasant smoky flavor in your Alfredo sauce. Our other trick is to keep stirring the whole time so that nothing sticks to the bottom of the pan. Last, we suggest serving up Alfredo pasta with a simple green salad tossed with a vinaigrette to cut the pasta’s richness? Follow these tricks and your family will be asking for Alfredo every day. Don’t worry about the Italians who ask, "Who is Alfredo?" We'll gladly claim this Americanized Italian food recipe as our own. And soon, they will wish they had invented it.

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