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Thursday, November 18, 2010

Alfredo Pasta with Vegetables

The original of this recipe called for tagliatelle, but when I saw the prices for that, I switched to regular ole egg noodles.  This can be made with any vegetables too, I think.  The key is to chop them real small - like 1/4" or less.  I'd also consider what vegetables to cook at what time - blanching carrots cut to 1/4" will take a lot more time than zucchini cut to 1/8".  I'd get the water boiling, then drop in the carrots for 2-3 minutes and then drop the zuchini in for maybe 45 seconds more before draining the whole thing through a seive and dropping it on the pasta and sauce.

2 T butter
1 small onion, chopped fine
1/2 c cream
1/4 c Parmesan cheese, grated
4 oz ham, diced
9 oz cubed, blanched vegetables
9 oz pasta, cooked
chive, chopped

Melt the butter in a small pot and cook the onions just until tender.  Add the cream and cook until reduced into a creamy sauce consistency.  Add the  ham, cheese, vegetables and pasta and heat while stirring.  Adjust S&P, then garnish with chopped chive.

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