Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Brandy enhanced Alfredo Sauce

So Bartel had been bugging me to make some Fettuccini Alfredo, well I didn't have all the ingrediants that I usually use, like shallots, white wine, and fettuccini noodles. So we improvised and came up with this yummy cream sauce that had the kids licking their plates... Careful not boil
I should of filled the bowl with more pasta to make it prettier, but it was my bowl, and I was afraid I wouldn't be able to finish it...or worse, I could finish it!!
The Recipe
Brandy Alfredo Sauce
2 Tbs. roasted red pepper oilve oil
2 lrg. cloves garlic minced
1/4 c. brandy
2 c. heavy cream
1/2 c. fresh parmesean cheese
salt/pepper to taste after adding the cheese which adds salt.
Heat oil on med low. Sate garlic until soft. Add Brandy cook until "Au Sec" (almost gone) add heavy cream stir. turn down heat add cheese. Taste, season. Will thicken upon cooking then, cooling. Toss with cooked noodles just barely coating them. Top with more fresh cheese.

Piggy Spaghetti

SO we love pasta around here. And today before we headed out the door to the water park, I remembered I had thawed some pork sausage and needed to cook it up tonight. So I pulled out my crockpot and started adding ingrediants to make a red bolognese sauce. Now, My Co-co loves red sauce, Bartel hates it!! So Co-co was excited for dinner and BArtel was happy with plain noodles with butter and parmesean cheese. Until I made him try the sauce.....He had two more bowls of pasta!! It's a perfect blend of savory, sweet, creamy, and spicy. My family loved it. I am sooo full. I hope you enjoy it too. And I hope I got the measurements right, I kinda added this and that, so make it to your taste, that's most important. Ciao' Yummy Ham, Sausage, and Bacon
I wish I had some fresh basil. Oh well, it was still tasty!
More ham (my son)....
Annie wanted a pic too..
And Co-co.....
The Recipe
Pasta Bolognese
28 oz. can diced tomatoes
15 oz. can tomato sauce
15 oz. can fire roasted tomatoes
1 Tbs. dried basil
1 tsp. dried rosemary
2 tsp. oregano
1 tsp. parsley
1/2 - 2/3 c. sugar
1 Tbs. salt
2-3 shakes red pepper flakes
1 bay leaf
chopped olives (1/2 small can)
2 carrots chopped
1/4 onion chopped
Combine all ingrediants in crock pot. Cook on low for 3 hrs. Remove Bay Leaf. Blend in blender till smooth.
In a deep pot fry 1 lbs. sausage until cooked. Add sauce. Add 1 c. chopped deli ham. Add 2 tbs. real bacon bits (soft kind). Add olives. Add 1 c. heavy cream. Taste. Season with salt or sugar as needed. Serve and top with fresh mozzarella and parmesean.
You can add the Mozzarella to the noodles when ready to serve, then top with sauce, my kids just don't like the fresh stuff so I keep it separate so they don't waste it.