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Microwave Fettuccine Alfredo for Two

This is another recipe from Bill Hilbrich from Saint Cloud, Minnesota. Bill says that if you have any questions feel free to email him - click here or if you would like to know a little bit more about Bill have a look at his Bio page - click here.

"This recipe is one of my favorites, and represents one of my more productive efforts to encourage young people to cook. Although I am in my 60’s many of my co-workers are students or just young adults away from home for the first time. They are so used to eating, and maybe helping to prepare, their parent’s recipes, which were made in family style quantities, that they just give up on the idea of cooking for themselves.

It was right after one of my Saturday shifts, and I was wandering through the break room on my way home. There on the couch was one of the “ kids“, who were also students at the local Beauty College, eating some pasta from a carry out container. She told me that once a month she and her friends went out to dinner at a nice Italian Restaurant . . . clearly something that they could not afford very often . . . and she had saved some of the Fettuccine Alfredo from the night before. When I suggested that she could make that at home, she looked at me with her big sad brown eyes and said that all she had in her apartment was a microwave. So, I wrote this recipe just for her.

I must caution you that using a finely grated parmesan cheese, like that found in cans of Kraft is important because larger pieces of cheese will not melt properly in the residual heat from the melted cream cheese."

Ingredients

4 ounces (one half package) Cream Cheese
1/2 cup finely grated Parmesan Cheese (Kraft melts better)
1/2 cup Milk
1/2 pound (2 cups) Fettuccine Pasta (or any other flat pasta noodle)
2 cups water

Method
  • Put the noodles and water into a two cup or larger glass or microwave safe measuring cup or bowl. Microwave on high for two minutes, stir, continue 2 minute cycles until the pasta is done.
  • Drain the pasta and set aside in the serving bowl.
  • Add the cream cheese and milk to the measuring cup and microwave for one minute. Stir until smooth, add the parmesan cheese, and continue to stir until smooth.
  • Pour the Alfredo Sauce into a shallow bowl, add the noodles and toss. Add pepper to taste. Cooked Chicken or Shrimp can be added if desired.

Serves 2

Bill Hilbrich

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