Keeping Things Simple
This week I had one of the best experiences in the kitchen. As usual I was researching new recipes when I came across a recipe for authentic pasta alfredo. Full disclosure I have never met a cream based sauce that I didn’t enjoy. Intrigued I reviewed the recipe which has no more than three ingredients: pasta, cheese and butter. As you would expect I was taken aback and considered that there was something either missing or the recipe was incomplete for some unknown reason. As I read further along I discovered that the recipe origins is Roman. The creator of this recipe felt that simple, high quality food does not need any extra help.
Skeptical I read through the recipe and instructions twice. Too nervous to try I decided to explore baking instead. Approximately two weeks later I decided I was bored and would give this authentic alfredo recipe a try. Much to my surprise the dish came out excellent. The technique requires a little bravery but the end result is worth the effort.
When you are working a commercial kitchen and your clientele fork over their hard earned cash preparing bell and whistle style food is a must. As a matter of point, it has been my experience that when professional chefs are at home cleanly prepared delicious food wins out over complicated technique heavy food. This authentic alfredo recipe is a keeper because it can go from pantry to table in 15 minutes without sacrificing flavor. As Julia Childs once said, “The only real stumbling block is fear of failure. In cooking you’ve got to have a what-the-hell attitude.”
Keep exploring fellow Gastronomers!