Very rarely 3 humble ingredients become so popular than their combination transcends the tables and kitchens in their own country and become famous at an international level.
I'm talking about Pasta, Butter and Cheese...together they make the perfect Alfredo! Pasta in Bianco or Pasta al Burro has been a favorite among local Italians for years. According to some sources, it was made famous by restaurant owner Alfredo Di Lelio. At his restaurant in Rome, he served the dish to some american actors who loved it so much they brought the recipe back to America where "The Alfredo" dish took a spin all on its own becoming a staple on every american-italian restaurant and family pasta night.
The key to an amazing Alfredo is the quality of the ingredients. Since they are only 3 (in the original recipe) it would be best to make them top quality.
From it's Italian roots , Pasta Alfredo has been adapted to suit our needs of easy to cook, tasty and nutritious all in one. This could be achieved by adding vegetables from broccoli, cauliflower, peas or my favorite mushrooms! And if you want to make it even more wholesome, how about adding some shrimp, lobster or chicken.
For tonight's dinner I decided to add savory chicken. You could either buy your own chicken breasts and slowly steam them with your taste of spices until they are done and ready to shred of cubed, your choice. Or if you are in a hurry...just stop by your grocery store, buy some rotisserie whole chicken use the breast part of it and save the rest for another quick dish or sandwiches!
Half Pound of Fettuccine or Pasta of your choice
6 Tablespoons of Butter cut in small pieces and room temperatur
3/4 cup of grated Parmesan cheese
Salt and Pepper to Taste
Cook pasta in a large pot of salted boiling water until "al dente"
Drain the pasta, add butter and cheese and toss until the pasta is coated. Seasoned to taste with pepper.
Will Serve 3 or 4
Note: If adding vegetables, shrimp or chicken, I recommend mixing the ingredients in a separate saucepan until everything is heated through. Then add the pasta and toss together.
Hope you enjoy this quick recipe and remember..everything tastes better with a pinch of LovE!