Tuesday, October 19, 2010

What do you expect from an Italian Chick?

The Weeone and Pasta Face - Who can resist?

Pasta. That's what you should expect. Yes, we had Mac and Cheese last night. Yes, we had pasta again tonight. It's my right as an Italian. Plus, I have applewood bacon on hand and when I have something in the fridge that I don't always keep on hand I try to use it in as many recipes as possible. And as a result, tonight's meal? Fettucine Alfredo with Bacon

Now, we're trying to eat pretty healthy in this house so you might think that means no rich and creamy foods. Sarah G. would tell you otherwise, right Sarah? She'd tell you everything in moderation and with proper portions in mind. She'd also tell you that if you deprive yourself you'll eventually cave. What do I have to say about it? It sounded good and I have a fairly healthy version that's quite tasty....that's what I have to say about it.

To start, I boiled some fresh fettucine and reserved 1/4 cup of the cooking liquid. I think fresh pasta is better than dried. It tastes better, cooks quicker, and did I mention it tastes better? It does. Buy it. Or if you have more free time than I do, make it (and then bring me some, mkay?).

Next...applewood bacon. I know, you've seen this process I used a different pan and cut the slices in half. Doesn't that make it infinitely more interesting? Aren't you captivated?

In the pan with the bacon drippings I added a teaspoon of minced garlic. Now I have a great garlic press. It's from the Pampered Chef and it works wonderfully, but ever since I found this jarred minced garlic, my press has been put out to pasture. It's just easier and it's just as good. So, if you're short on time, skip the garlic hands and go for jarred!

Once the garlic had done its solo dance in the pork fat, I let a tablespoon of flour join the fun, stirring constantly. You're basically making a roux with these three ingredients to start as the base of your alfredo sauce.

Once I had my roux smooth and bubbly, I slowly added 1 cup of milk - I used 1/2 cup skim milk and 1/2 cup fat free half and half. Again, keep stirring on this step. No one likes scalded sauce!

I reduced the heat once the sauce was bubbling and added 3/4 cup grated parmesan cheese, stirring it until the cheese melted completely.

The end was in sight when I added the 1/4 cup of reserved cooking liquid, stirred it in and then tossed the fettucine in to coat it thoroughly.

When I plated the pasta, I topped it with the applewood bacon crumbles and fresh parsley. From start to finish? 25 minutes. Perfection. Serve this with a fresh Romaine salad and dinner is sublime!

Fettucine Alfredo with Bacon
Serves 4


  • 1 (9-ounce) package refrigerated fresh fettuccine
  • 2 slices applewood-smoked bacon, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup 1% low-fat milk
  • 2/3 cup (about 2 1/2 ounces) grated Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper


1. Cook pasta according to package directions, omitting salt and fat. Drain in a colander over a bowl, reserving 1/4 cup cooking liquid.

2. While pasta cooks, cook bacon in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat 4 minutes or until crisp, stirring occasionally. Remove bacon from pan, reserving drippings. Add garlic to drippings in pan; sauté 1 minute, stirring constantly. Sprinkle flour over garlic; cook 30 seconds, stirring constantly. Gradually add milk, stirring constantly; cook 2 minutes or until bubbly and slightly thick, stirring constantly. Reduce heat to low. Gradually add cheese, stirring until cheese melts. Stir in salt and reserved 1/4 cup cooking liquid. Add hot pasta to pan; toss well to combine. Sprinkle with bacon, parsley, and pepper.

Nutritional Information

11.7g (sat 5g,mono 3.8g,poly 0.7g)


Dangrdafne said...

1) I am always captivated by bacon LOL!!!

2) I am also captivated by the pictures of your weeone - she is so adorable eating her pasta :)

TexasKatherine said...

Ugh. Now I want fettucini instead of the pizza I'm about to reheat. Can I come over? I'm the only one in this house who will touch pasta so I never get to eat it.

AGirlintheSouth said...

Dangrdafne - You are quickly become my most loyal reader. I puffy heart you.

TK - you know you're welcome anytime....and who the hell doesn't like pasta? That's just WRONG!

Anonymous said...

I was at the house when dinner was being discussed. I went off to work and showed back up to get a bowl of this great dish! Mine was gone way too fast. It was great and one I will make. Thank you girls!

AGirlintheSouth said...

My mom is sweet y'all. ;D