Homemade Alfredo Sauce Is Simple But Impressive

by Gerald Hipps

In the realm of luscious toppings, nothing is simpler and more elegant than homemade Alfredo sauce. It begins with the basics: cream, butter and Parmesan cheese. Whatever you want to add after that will only enhance the dish with variety and flavor.

If you are on one of the low-carbohydrate diets, this may actually be considered diet food providing you put it on soy noodles, vegetables, or other carb substitutes. If you count calories in your weight-loss program, there is no way to crunch the numbers- it is just plain high caloric.

Alfredo sauce in a jar was slow in making it to market. Now you can find it alongside the tomato-based products in the grocery aisles. Nevertheless, it is not the real thing. Too many chemicals and not enough real ingredients make this a poor choice. Because it is such an easy recipe, head to the dairy aisle and make it yourself. The taste and texture will be far superior.

After dietary and convenience factors have been put to rest, it is time to consider the recipe itself. Very simple, but there are techniques to maintain consistency and texture. There are also things you can add for variety. Garden herbs and garlic are the most common additions: chives, basil, and thyme, for example. For a thicker sauce, add a little flour.

As for the fat content, you can get around it by using low-fat milk, butter substitute or oil and a light cheese. Flour will put back some of the thick texture. This substituting may meet with success or fall flat. It will take some experimenting to get it right.

It is frequently used on pizza these days, but homemade Alfredo sauce is no longer just for Italian dishes. It is now found in Mexican cuisine with spices such as cilantro and cumin. It is used on spaghetti squash for a low-carb alternative, but other vegetables are also enhanced by it. Learning to put it together with finesse will enable you to produce luscious dishes with little effort.

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