Thursday, October 18, 2012

The Pasta Factory's Copycat Alfredo Sauce, Pasta, Topped with Seasoned Chicken Breast, Italian Vegetables, and Sauteed Mushrooms

Our favorite restaurant is a local one called the Pasta Factory.  They have a "Build Your Own" menu. My husband's favorite is Angel Hair pasta with Alfredo sauce, Italian Vegetables and Seasoned Chicken Breast.  I tried to recreate that for him.  I was highly complimented when he said mine was even better than Pasta Factory's. For the Alfredo Sauce,  I used this recipe that I found on Pinterest.  I changed it slightly.  It is not low calorie or low fat.  Eat salads for the week before and the week after you make this!

Copycat The Pasta Factory Alfredo Sauce

1 1/2 cups butter
8 oz. cream cheese
1/3 cup flour
1 cup cream
2 cups milk
3/4 cup Parmesan cheese
More milk as needed

In a very large saucepan, melt the butter and cream cheese.  Cream cheese doesn't melt very well, but keep trying to blend the two.  When mostly blended, add the flour and cream.   Blend as well as you can, then add 2 cups milk.  Now it should blend together.   When smooth, add the cheese and more milk( 1-2 cups) to make a nice, thick Alfredo sauce.   Serve over pasta of choice.  This makes a lot.

One of the charms of The Pasta Factory is getting to choose your toppings.  Shown here:  Fettucine Alfredo with Seasoned Chicken Breast, Sauteed Mushrooms and Italian Vegetables.  You can top it with whatever you'd like, or eat it just plain.

Seasoned Chicken Breast
Cut up two chicken breasts.  Season with garlic salt and Italian seasoning. Mix the seasonings all over the chicken with your hands.  Saute the chicken in olive oil until done.   It will just take a few minutes.   Transfer to a heated plate.

Italian Vegetables
Cut up zuchinni, yellow summer squash, and onions.  Sprinkle well with garlic salt and pepper.  Saute in olive oil until soft.

Sauteed Mushrooms
Cut up mushrooms, season with garlic salt and saute in olive oil.

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