09 Jun 2010 Four Ingredient Fettuccine Alfredo

My intention to teach my 19 year old son how to cook this summer was not met with great glee. The son didn’t want to. The son didn’t need to. The son is not getting an apartment this year ANYWAY (finger pointed at mom…) Yada, yada, yada, yada. He should know better than to argue with me when I have made up my mind to do something in his own best interests. (I am woman hear me ROAR!) In spite of all the negativity, it’s really going quite well. He’s catching on fast. He’s already had a dinner party! Really!! He made Spaghetti and Meatballs (but he couldn’t find the recipe, so he had to wing it…). This afternoon he made Fettuccine Alfredo for his friend, his sister, and his nephew. No body died. Tomorrow he’s testing out three baked salmon recipes…

This recipe is so easy a 19 year old boy can do it while entertaining friends, watching TV, wrestling with his nephew and arguing with his mother. It’s good. It’s fast. It’s way better than a re-hydrated box of powdered chemicals and preservatives.

Maybe your 19 year old son can learn to cook, too!

Four Ingredient Fettuccine Alfredo

½ cup butter, at room temperature
4 oz. grated Parmigiano Reggiano Cheese (about 1 ¼ cups)
1 lb fettuccine noodles
1 tablespoon salt

Bring 1 large pan of water to a boil. Stir in salt and fettuccine noodles. Cook according to package directions (probably for about 12 minutes). Drain—RESERVE about ½ cup pasta water, just in case you need it to thin the sauce.

While the noodles are boiling. In another bowl, with an electric mixer (or a strong arm), beat the softened butter and the grated cheese together until creamy.

When the noodles are cooked, drain, and then return the drained fettuccine to the hot pan. Stir in the butter-cheese mixture. Toss and stir until noodles are coated with a creamy sauce. IF NECESSARY, stir in the reserved pasta water, one tablespoon at a time, to thin the sauce. Serve immediately. Makes four hearty servings. Leftovers can be refrigerated and then reheated in the microwave.

Chicken Fettuccine Alfredo

Stir in 2 cups cooked cubed chicken to the hot drained noodles. Add cheese mixture and stir to combine.

Veggie Fettuccine Alfredo

[Don’t forget to eat your veggies!] Adding cooked asparagus, broccoli or peas to the Fettuccine Alfredo mixture or the Chicken Fettuccine Alfredo mixture would be a very good idea. Mom would be pleased.

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