Saturday, August 17, 2013
Tomato Basil Alfredo
This is really a very adaptable idea, and I've done it various different ways, but the gist of it is pasta mixed with Alfredo sauce, topped with first basil, and then tomato. Spaghetti, or fettuccine, or any other stringy pasta is much better than anything else, because it is much easier to mix without dropping noodles all over the place.
Definitely put it together differently if you're cooking for just yourself than if you are making it for other people as well. If you are only making one dish of the Alfredo, it's really not worth the bother of making a whole batch of Alfredo sauce, and it's very easy to improvise using cream cheese, Parmesan cheese, garlic powder, salt, pepper, pasta water, and a microwave, in the very dish you're going to be eating out of. However, if it is a meal for several people, you are really better off making actual Alfredo sauce (this is a very good recipe), and putting together an assembly line so that everyone can put together their own food.
Slice tomatoes, and chop them into small cubes. Sprinkle the basil on, and then the tomato, and, if desired, garnish with two smallish basil leaves. This needs to be done after any microwaving is done, and, of course, after the Alfredo sauce and pasta are already mixed together.
Boxed pasta is perfectly acceptable, but if you choose to make your own pasta, here is a very good recipe.