Who doesn’t love a yummy “Alfredo” sauce with lots of pasta and goodies to go along side? Since Alfredo is a very heavy sauce and requires lots of cream, butter and cheese , you could also try substituting cream and butter for 2% milk and smart balance. If going vegetarian, leave out the ham and prosciutto and try adding roasted cauliflower, broccoli and zucchini to this dish!! To DIE FOR!!
1 lb penne or mini penne
1 package prosciutto sliced
10 slices of thinly sliced ham sliced
2 cups frozen peas
1 3/4 cup freshly grated Parmesan
2 cloves garlic cloves grated
3 tablespoons flour
3 tablespoons butter
2 1/2 cups cream
1/2 cup puréed tomatoes or 3 tablespoons tomato paste
Salt and pepper
Take sliced prosciutto and ham and add to a baking sheet. Cook just till crispy ( about 3 mins ) at 350. Remove set aside.
Boil pasta as directed making sure to add lots of salt to the pot before dropping the pasta.
While pasta is boiling, In a med pan, melt butter on med heat. Once bubbling, add grated garlic and flour, whisk for about a min just to cook out the flour. Next add cream.Turn stove to med high heat. Keep whisking till sauce becomes thicken about 2-3 mins. Once thickened, whisk in grated Parmesan and tomato purée. Add salt and black pepper, check for seasoning.
Drain pasta and lower you stoves temp to med low, add drained pasta, crispy prosciutto and ham to your sauce. Combine and add frozen peas. Stir and cover for about 2 mins just to heat the peas through and serve.
Cooking time: Approx 12 mins
Serves 4 to 6 peeps