As promised, here is my Pasta Alfredo recipe. I love this dish because I can actually eat it, despite my weird dairy “allergies”. I make the sauce with 4 tbsp butter per 1 lb of pasta and fat free milk. It’s still just as creamy as Alfredo with real cream in it, but a little bit less fatty and 100% cheese-less. I hope you enjoy eating it as much as I do!
So I’m calling this a red pasta sauce because it is most similar to marinara sauce, but I’ve spiced it up and made it my own. Please feel free to experiment with this; I don’t think the sauce ever comes out the same twice in my household. I always like to add new things, but this is the basic version.
This dish was inspired by Greek Pastitsio, but I imagine it doesn’t even really resemble the authentic dish (which I have never had the privileged of eating)
Gnocchi has been a favorite dish of mine since I first had the gnocchi in vodka sauce at Maggiano’s, the Italian restaurant chain. The texture, the subtle flavor, it all entangled me in a love affair that has spanned nearly a decade. The only problem with gnocchi, is most gnocchi is made with cheese mixed in. As a result, I had to learn to make it myself.
I don’t always make fresh pasta dough, but there is a difference. Homemade pasta is nuttier in flavor and has the most delightful, doughy texture to it. If it didn’t take an hour for me to make and didn’t make me fat, I would home make pasta dough 3-4 times a week.
It occurred to me recently that food is a very important part of my life; and as such, I like sharing it with other people. Food in modern America has become simply a way to maintain nutrition or stave off boredom; but for some people and cultures in the world, it is a social necessity and ritual. I happen to be one of those people; food is integral. It both creates and prevents mental instability (the irony of cooking a good meal), and it can be an utterly euphoric experience.