Friday, September 19, 2008

Four Foods on Friday: Fettucine Alfredo

It's Four Foods on Friday time again. Thanks for hosting, Val! This time, I'm sharing my fallback Italian recipe - authentic, simple, and rich Fettucine Alfredo.

#1. Share a recipe for something Italian.

My absolute favourite Italian recipe is bad for you, but so simple. Authentic alfredo. It's from The Gourmet Cookbook, but I add quite a bit more cheese, since I'm a Parmigiano-Reggiano fiend.

Here's how you make it:

Fettucine Alfredo
Serves 4

3/4 pound dried fettucine or fresh fettucine
1 stick (8 tbsp.) plus 1 tbsp. butter
3/4 c. finely grated Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese, plus more for serving
2/3 cup heavy cream
1/4 tsp salt
Freshly grated black pepper to taste

Cook fettucine in salted water until al dente. Reserve 1/4 cup cooking water and drain pasta.

Melt 6 tbsp. (3/4 stick) of butter in a saucepan over low heat. Add pasta to butter, tossing to coat. Add reserved cooking water, cream, remaining 3 tbsp. butter, cheese, salt, and pepper. Toss til cheese is melted and mixture is thoroughly combined. Serve immediately and sprinkle with as much extra cheese as you desire.

#2. Jam, jelly, preserves, marmalade, fruit butter or butter. What’s on your toast or bread?
Jam -- homemade strawberry jam, all the way. I still have some left over from the last time I made my own, and it's amazing. It tastes like a bite of fresh strawberry (with a ton of sugar, of course).

#3. What’s your favorite Kellogg’s product? (Since they’re multinational I’m hoping everyone can answer this one. If you don’t have Kellogg’s products, what’s your favorite cold breakfast cereal?)
Fruit Loops. They're oh so sugary, and oh so delicious. And not just for breakfast. I could eat them dry by the handful.

#4. Do you like liver? What about liverwurst?
No. No, no, no. For some inexplicable reason, my boyfriend and his family love these things called "liver pancakes" -- I think it's liver mixed with bread crumbs and then fried in a pan. I just can't stomach it.


Anele September 19, 2008 at 7:12:00 AM EDT  

Wow, homemade? You're quite the ambitious one! Fruit Loops are yummy. I had it for my birthday breakfast with some sweet bread this year! :)

Meg September 19, 2008 at 7:39:00 AM EDT  

Italian dish: My mom's spaghetti with hot italian sausage!

On my toast: Right now my favorites are pumpkin butter and sweet potato butter.

Kellogs: Frosted Flakes and Vanilla Almond Special K

Liver: My grandma used to serve me liver and onions all the time...wouldn't touch it now!

Charla September 19, 2008 at 11:23:00 PM EDT  

My husband loves Fettcine Alfredo. Your recipe sounds like a good one.

Karen September 20, 2008 at 10:10:00 PM EDT  

I used to be ambitious. I have made freezer jam and even made grape jelly. I buy mine since I am on the computer all the time these days.

Sheri/Cookingmom September 20, 2008 at 11:01:00 PM EDT  

I absolutely LOVE Froot Loops. I think I like it better right out of the box rather than in a bowl with milk.

Kait September 21, 2008 at 4:37:00 PM EDT  

I only started canning last year, so the novelty hasn't quite worn off yet. It took a Saturday--we picked them ourselves and then made the jam that afternoon. So for one day of hard work, I'm still enjoying the jam a year later (after giving some away to family, no less). It's kind of fun, actually.

matty September 23, 2008 at 12:58:00 AM EDT  

Actually, the liver pancakes are liver with pork fat and pancake batter...mmmm...

skeet September 23, 2008 at 3:08:00 AM EDT  

Call me stange, but I want that liver pancake recipe! Bet it would go great alongside fettucine alfredo, lol!

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