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fettucine: Fresh noodles Alfredo . wine . Fiddleheads and Wild Leeks . with chicken and pinenuts . with mushrooms and truffle oil . with poppy seeds . with walnuts

Fettucine Alfredo

May 2009

We made Fettucine Alfredo after reading an article in SAVEUR magazine (issue #120) about making "real" Fettucine Alfredo using butter rather than cream.

Fettucine Alfredo - May 2009

The sauce is made with butter and grated cheese.

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The SAVEUR article recommends using dried pasta but we insisted on making our own, using a mix of semolina and whole wheat flours.

Fettucine Alfredo - May 2009

First the pasta is cooked til quite firm - even harder than al dente - it will continue to cook when it's added to the butter. Drain the pasta. Put the colander over a pot to catch some of the water because the sauce is thinned with pasta water.

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Put the butter into a large frying pan then add the hot drained fettucine.

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Gently toss the pasta with a spoon and fork, gradually adding grated cheese and pasta water until the sauce is smooth.

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If the sauce seems to thick, add a little more pasta water and continue to toss the noodles gently until the sauce is the consistency you like.

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Serve immediately on warmed plates.

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Add some freshly ground black pepper then serve the fettucine with sugar snap peas, garnishing each plate with a few purple basil leaves from the garden. (Marjoram leaves work well too.)

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Fettucine Alfredo

to recipes from OUR kitchen:
fresh pasta

to blog from OUR kitchen: Fettucine Alfredo (PPN) (includes recipe)

Fettucine Alfredo - May 2009

Marjoram and Purple Basil

June 2009

These lovely annuals are essentials in our garden. Here is how they are doing as of early June.

marjoram and purple basil - June 2009

marjoram

marjoram and purple basil - June 2009

basil

marjoram and purple basil - June 2009





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