If you were wondering why I have been absent so long from my blog, the reason is simple: to make you miss me! Or, actually, that's not quite true. Life is busy for everyone. But you're here and I'm here and, frankly, that's all that matters right now at this second.
Valentine's Day is coming up, as you all know, and I am looking forward to some cuddling and snuggling with my three Valentines! Especially the one who won my heart 10 years ago. There are so many fabulous things that I can think of to eat for a romantic dinner, after my little two Valentines are in bed, but there is one that stands out. I'm not sure why this simple, unhealthy, and plain little dish inspires affectionate attention, but it does. I used to make it more often in our pre-parenthood years but forgot all about it for some reason. When I made it again a few weeks ago even the children lavished me with love for making such a delicious dinner!
Ah, Fettucine Alfredo, what is it about you that inspires me so much? Is it your buttery creaminess? Or the sublime nutty flavor of a grand Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese?
I hope you, my actual friends and people, are not imagining some Olive-Garden-disappointment-variation because that is not the Fettucine Alfredo I am thinking about. This recipe has a deceptively delicate flavor for being so easy. It's a Williams-Sonoma recipe that came in my wedding registry gift box years ago.
Just make sure to buy a good quality Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese. I'm no expert but we used Boar's Head this last time and the alfredo sauce was divine. To finish the dish, I like to sprinkle some grated Pecorino and torn basil.
Also, that photo above was taken of the leftovers the next day. It looks so much more delicious and delicate when freshly made!
And no, I did not make the pasta. That's just regular old pasta that I found in the pantry that was probably purchased years ago. I think homemade pasta would have pushed this from divine to fatally good. But you should still try it anyway.