White sauce pasta has a special place in the world of comfort food. It is creamy, cheesy and delicious and when paired with some meat makes for a wholesome Italian style treat for dinner.
There are two kinds of white sauce you can use to make pasta – bechamel sauce and Alfredo sauce. Both are equally delicious, but the Alfredo is easier and quicker to make, especially on a weeknight.
To make the bechamel sauce, you start by making a roux with butter and flour and then slowly add milk while continuously whisking so you get a thick sauce to which you then add cheese.
The Alfredo sauce is so much simpler. You just need to gently heat up some butter and cream and fold in the cheese. That’s it! Read on for the recipe for a quick and easy Alfredo sauce you can make with a handful of ingredients.
What is Alfredo Sauce?
Alfredo sauce was created by chef Alfredo di Lelio and served at his restaurant Alfredo’s in the early 1900s. It was originally just a more buttery version of another Italian classic al burro which is simply a sauce made with butter and Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese.
When people in the US tried to recreate this recipe, they found that American cheese and butter were not as rich as their Italian counterparts. So to make up for the reduced richness, extra cream was added to the recipe.
Today, you can easily find pre-made Alfredo sauce on supermarket shelves. But with a recipe this simple, you’d much rather just make it at home yourself.
Can I add meat to white sauce pasta?
Of course you can! In fact, we recommend it. We have a wide range of pasta-friendly meats & seafood you can choose from including our Chicken Mini Bites, Chicken Tenders, Boneless Fish Cubes and Cleaned & Deveined Prawns to name a few.
Choose your favourite, season it with some salt and pepper, pan-fry it till just done and set it aside while you go about making the pasta. Then you can add it to the dish right in the end. This way, the meat won’t get overcooked or dry, it will remain perfectly juicy and tender.
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