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Unless you are considered essential you are now staying safe at home with your family other than the occasional grocery or gas run. Everything has changed in just a few weeks. I honestly cannot believe the extent of what has happened to our world. One thing that I enjoy while being at home is cooking more and continuing to try to keep up with my meal planning with the grocery stores and all the craziness involved with shopping now.
I was definitely guilty of getting restaurant foods 1-3 times a week for lunches or dinners which I do miss. And I can tell I’ve lost a few pounds without getting my iced coffees I love so much. We have cautiously ordered out during this time to support out local people and to have something different.
I have a recipe for Olive Garden’s copycat Alfredo sauce and its pretty spot on. Nothing ever tastes 100% and this recipe is actually even better the next day where it has had time to thicken up as the Olive Garden’s smooth tasting sauce is. It works great with your favorite pasta, chicken or shrimp and vegetables added in. The kids LOVE it when I make this because it’s as close to being at the Olive Garden as you can get.
The ingredients are simple and easy to put together in no time at all. It is made a lot of dairy products so not for the lactose intolerant at all. The creamy goodness is worth the wait! Here are all of the ingredients I used, and I buy a lot of store brands as they are usually just as good as the name brands.
1 pint of heavy whipping cream
1/2 cup of butter
2 tablespoons of cream cheese
3/4 cups of parmesean cheese
1 tsp garlic powder
pepper to taste
Throw all of the ingredients into a saucepan and cook on LOW or else it will burn on the bottom and use a wisk to whip it together until the butter melts. You can cook this on low for at least 30 minutes while it simmers together, OR what I do is pour it into my small crock-pot that I use for hot dips and sauces and let it simmer on low most of the day. I check on it periodically and stir and it allows the flavors to blend and be ready to eat with your favorite pasta.
As I mentioned before you may eat it the day you make it BUT it will not be as thick as the Olive Garden sauce we have all come to know and love. The next day after sitting in the refrigerator all night it is even better when you heat it up and has that thicker consistency. It tastes fabulous either way and is sooooo incredibly close to the Olive Garden taste. I have even used it to make chicken lasagna roll-ups which is a great recipe. It also works for bread-sticks.
Hope you enjoy the Alfredo sauce and make a fabulous meal for your family!
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