Creamy pasta sauce

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Creamy pasta sauce, a beloved staple in both Italian-American and global cuisines, is cherished for its rich, velvety texture and comforting taste. While its origins are not as clearly defined as those of traditional Italian sauces, creamy pasta sauce reflects the fusion of Italian pasta mastery with the international love for rich, dairy-based sauces. This type of sauce is incredibly versatile, pairing well with a wide range of pasta shapes and additional ingredients such as chicken, shrimp, vegetables, and herbs. It serves as a luxurious base for many popular dishes, including fettuccine Alfredo, one of the most iconic creamy pasta dishes, reputedly invented by Alfredo di Lelio in Rome in the early 20th century.

Serves: +10
  • Heavy cream 250 ml
  • Unsalted butter 50 g
  • Garlic 10 g
  • Grated Parmesan cheese 60 g
  • Salt to taste
  • Ground black pepper to taste
  • Fresh parsley 10 g
  • Pasta of your choice 400 g
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  • Begin by cooking your pasta according to package instructions in a large pot of salted boiling water until al dente. Reserve a cup of pasta water for adjusting the sauce consistency later, then drain the pasta and set aside.
  • In a large skillet, melt the butter over medium heat. Add the minced garlic and sauté for about 1-2 minutes, or until fragrant. Be careful not to burn the garlic.
  • Pour the heavy cream into the skillet with the garlic and butter. Stir well and bring to a simmer. Let the cream reduce slightly for about 3-5 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  • Lower the heat and gradually stir in the grated Parmesan cheese until the sauce is smooth and creamy. If the sauce is too thick, add a bit of the reserved pasta water until you reach your desired consistency.
  • Season with salt and ground black pepper to taste. Adjust the seasoning according to your preferences.
  • Add the cooked pasta directly to the sauce in the skillet, tossing well to ensure the pasta is evenly coated. If needed, add more pasta water to achieve a silky texture.
  • Garnish with freshly chopped parsley if desired, and serve warm. Enjoy the luxurious creaminess of your homemade pasta sauce.

Storage Tips

This creamy pasta sauce is best enjoyed fresh, but if you have leftovers, they can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. Reheat gently on the stove over low heat, adding a splash of milk or cream to adjust the consistency as necessary.

Useful Properties of the Main Ingredient

Heavy cream, the key component of this sauce, is rich in fat-soluble vitamins A, D, E, and K. Vitamin A is important for skin health and vision, while vitamin D plays a crucial role in bone health.

Interesting Facts

  • Creamy pasta sauce variations are found worldwide, with each region incorporating local ingredients and flavors.
  • Alfredo di Lelio’s original fettuccine Alfredo, which inspired many creamy pasta sauces, was made without cream; its creaminess came solely from butter and Parmesan cheese emulsified with pasta water.
  • Today, creamy pasta sauces enjoy endless variations, from adding different types of cheese to incorporating meats, seafood, and vegetables, showcasing the sauce’s versatility and adaptability to personal tastes.

This recipe for creamy pasta sauce offers a simple yet indulgent way to elevate your pasta dishes, providing a comforting and delicious meal that’s perfect for any occasion.

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